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FAMILY TOPICS

Home Organization

A big part of getting organized concerns the place where you spend the most time--your home. An organized person finds it difficult to live in an unorganized house and an unorganized house seems to will decrease our own personal organization.

One of the first things that you can do is to organize all of your house records so they are quickly accessible when you need them. For example, you should develop a list of all of your important
house information so that when a question such as "what is our mortgage loan number?" arises, you will not be scrambling to find the information. Here are some tips for getting your life as a homeowner organized:

Household Organization

  • Keep a record of all your house information in a central location so that you know where it is when you need it.
  • Make a list of who to call when you need repairs or maintenance. Having it available can save a lot of aggravation and money.
  • Discuss and develop a household budget that everyone can live with. Do your best to live within your means.
  • Plan your meals a week (or more) in advance and shop accordingly. Make a shopping list and keep it handy. Watch for specials and stock up. If you use brand names, clip and use coupons, or consider the store brands or generics.
  • Coordinate your shopping trips--make one trip to three or four stores at the same time rather than three or four separate trips. This not only saves time, it means less time in stressful traffic.
  • If your time is short, consider having certain work (e.g. landscaping, painting) done for you rather than doing it yourself--it may even save money in the long run.
  • Schedule and divide chores and responsibilities among all members of the household. Everyone should know what they need to do and when they need to do it.
  • Clear the clutter. Look around your house. Has the clutter--the junk--taken over? Do you waste valuable hours rearranging the clutter? Pitch it instead! Set aside an afternoon to concentrate on de-cluttering one area of the house (don't try to do it all in a single day!) Hold a yard sale. Give it away to a fellow "clutter keeper", or simply toss the junk out!

Family Finances

Finding Time

Getting Organized
Prioritizing
Simplifying
Keeping Track
Home Organization

Gaining Control

Family Resources

REAL ESTATE

Buying a Home

Owning a Home

Selling a Home