It’s a new year! You’re armed with good intentions and resolved to make 2012 the best year ever, right? Many things are easy to say and hard to do, but if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to be more organized, add that to the list of goals achieved.
Organization is simply taking time to set things up properly from the very beginning. Let’s take a look at setting up a home office.
A well-organized office will help you keep track of your bills and taxes, yes, but it will also help you keep up with business and personal correspondence, manage your calendars and even improve efficiencies when your kids are doing homework. Best of all, it doesn’t have to cost much…
- Office supplies: Just because you’re setting up an office, don’t feel obliged to buy supplies at the office store. Yes, they have tons of equipment and other essential office items like paper and file folders, but their prices are often much more expensive than stores like Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart. Check out other stores such as Big Lots, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and even some pharmacy stores such as CVS or Walgreens have great prices when paper, folders and planners are on sale.
- Organizers: You’ll need somewhere to put all of those pens, pencils and folders, so shop online at www.dollartree.com to purchase supplies in bulk and save big. For bigger storage needs, consider the sale and clearance pages on websites like www.thecontainerstore.com.
- Furniture: You’ll need a desk and chair, too. Many times, you can find gently used furniture at great prices, if you just know where to look. Try thrift stores, Goodwill, antique shops and auctions. Just look around – you’ll be surprised at the things you can find.
- Re-use what you already have: Look around and see how many supplies you already have. Chances are, somewhere in your house you have a surplus of printer paper, file folders and paperclips. Dig them all out and take stock of what you have before buying anything else to prevent buying duplicates and unnecessary spending.
Wishing you all good health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year. At Mid-Illini Credit Union, we’ve been helping McLean County families build solid financial foundations since 1940. We can help you, too.