Declutter and Save Time and Money

Do you know anyone who has an abundance of money and time at their disposal? I can’t think of such a fortunate being off the top of my head. For those of us who may wish to benefit from more money and time, I believe that one of the most effective ways you can do this is by decluttering your home and working environment. Follow that by setting up processes and systems and you’ll quickly establish more flow and control in your everyday life.

Here are my very simple tips, and systems, on how you can do this.

– Paying penalties on bills paid after their due date? Set up your regular bills on direct debit. You still get to check the billed amount before it’s deducted from your bank account, and you will in many cases earn a small discount for paying on time.

– Create a follow up system for tracking your clients’ payments. This could be a diary note, or a specific day of the week when you follow up debtors. Using a simple spreadsheet detailing the date and the amount you invoiced your client, you can quickly check your bank statement online to see if payment has been made.

– Overbuying! This often occurs when your office is cluttered and such things as stationery items are not kept together in the same area. Have you found several reams of opened copy paper in your cluttered office?

– Overflowing and disorganised pantries often mean there may be not only expired food items, but also several containers of the same item, for example you can’t find the pasta so you go out and buy some more [and later find that there are six packets in the back of the pantry.]

– Create one place where you put cash or cheques so they don’t get misplaced. Have a dedicated container on your desk, or on top of the fridge, which is visible and readily accessible when it’s time to do the shopping or go to the bank. Cheques do expire after a period of time and you would be surprised at the number of ‘expired’ cheques I’ve found when decluttering in clients’ homes.

– Recycle your paper to create blocks of scribble paper which you can clip together with a bulldog clip and use for writing yourself notes and reminders. You can also use your recycled paper for printing interesting articles from the internet and emails.

– “Time is money”! Decluttering your environment means you will not spend fruitless minutes, and sometimes hours, searching for that valuable file or piece of paper. And then there’s the frustration when you can’t find something, or you’re desperately trying to get out the door and you’ve misplaced your car keys. Your time and energy can be better spent.

– Trade Me – we all know this is a good opportunity to make money from items in the home you no longer want or use. To save time, stockpile anything you want to put on Trade Me and put it all on at once. And if you’re like me and can’t be bothered with doing this, why don’t you get your kids to do it for you and pay them a commission on the sale.

Why wouldn’t you want to save money, and time… Decluttering your home and office will make such a difference to your life, you’ll be amazed. I love working with clients to create that sense of harmony and delight in their homes, and we are setting up the organised systems I talk about as we declutter.

Finally, what better testimonial for my services than that from my friend, Peter, who was a client before he became a friend:

“Angella Gilbert is a godsend. She is the de-clutter queen of greater Auckland and the world. She can transform a kitchen, bedroom or garage converting what was a tip into a highly functioning work or rest space. She doesn’t bully or hector clients, just takes a few minutes to size up a job then makes hundreds of small suggestions, often ones that in hindsight seem simple and obvious. She has a knack of using what you already have and a keen eye for putting random things together in formations that only occur to a true artist. Angella transformed the home I had with my estranged wife and both of us used her when we moved on.”

My warmest best wishes and blessings for a wonderful month ahead.

In Joy!

Angella Gilbert

P: 09 410 4166
M: 027 224 8937
E: angella@gioia.net.nz
W: www.gioia.net.nz

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