Is Your Home a Money Pit?

Do you wonder where in the world all your money goes?

Let’s find some of those holes and turn them around.

1. You buy items you already have. You buy that cute green shell only to later realize you already have four in your closet. You buy BBQ sauce only to find a bottle in the fridge and several on different shelve in your kitchen. The answer to this is to group all like items together so that you can see what you have. Then look before you shop.

2. You are continually paying late fees and paying recurring fees for items you don’t really want. Even worse, you are damaging your credit rating. Organize your bill paying and keep a calendar of when bills are due. Even when credit cards are paid automatically, look them over. you might find that you are being billed automatically for gym membership or subscriptions that you don’t even want. You might even find fraudulent charges.

3. You are paying monthly offsite storage. One in eleven households rent a storage container to hold stuff they don’t want in their house. Now it the time to start purging. Why pay to hold on to items you don’t want in your home?

4. You are keeping clutter in your home that you no longer want but that may have some value. These items take up valuable space and camouflage items that you love The average US household contains 52 unused or unnecessary items worth the average of $3,100. Sell, consign, or even donate for a tax write off.

5. Your clutter hides items of real value. As you start to clear your spaces you may well find money, gift cards, and un-cashed checks.

5. You are losing valuable time. You can never regain the time that is lost looking for your keys, phone, or missing sweater. If you have fewer items and keep them organized, you will have more time to spend on something that really matters to you.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Using the Zone Plan to Organize Your Home: The Spare Bedroom

I like to declutter and clean my home using the zone plan. Each month I work in a different zone in my home. In January, I tackled the office zone and in February, I follow up with the spare bedroom zone. Why is that a follow up? I use this room as my offsite storage for my office. In January, I took all overflow items from my office and placed them in the spare bedroom. Now, this room is screaming for organization and clearing of clutter.

My spare bedroom is used as a place for guests to stay, a storage area for memorabilia, my offsite office storage, as well as some storage in the dresser for off season or rarely worn clothes. As I have recently moved, my zones are a little confused. I want this room to look open and inviting to my guests. I also want all of my storage items easy to locate.

During this month, I will clean out every drawer in the dresser. I will designate zones within the drawers so that each drawer will have a function. I will also pull every box and file from the closet. I put in an elfa closet system when I moved in so the space is maximized. Still some of the older files are truly archival and can now be moved to the attic. Quite a few files can be deeply purged. This will open up some space for items to come in throughout the year.

By the end of the month, I will have this spare bedroom zone the way I want it to look and feel for another year. Then next February I will tackle it again.

For help setting up your zones, purchase my workbook – From Vision to Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home. This book is available on my website –

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer