What’s happening to me? Lately, I’ve been experiencing an unnatural urge to clean, coupon, and organize. Looks like meal planning was just the beginning of The Domestication of Shawanda Greene.
Wait. Aren’t cats and dogs domesticated?
What I’m trying to say is I feel like I’m undergoing some sort of transformation that’s eluded me for years.
As for Cleaning
It’s possible I want to clean more consistently because a mouse has been squatting in my apartment since mid-December. This place isn’t big enough for the both of us. Now that it’s warmed up a bit, perhaps I’ll get myself one of those no-kill mouse traps and send my little friend on his way. He’s made it clear to me his departure won’t be voluntary.
As for Couponing
I blame one and only one group of people: mommy bloggers. They make it look like such a glamorous and easy way to save. Couponing was something I did for a short period of time when I was trying to get out of debt. I didn’t do it for long because it was hard to keep track of all the coupons, but it did save me money. I just didn’t have a workable system in place.
As for Organizing
My apartment is conveniently located near my office and the rent is very affordable. However, it’s only about 650 square feet. I’m not about to do something as ridiculous as lease a larger place and lock myself into paying more rent. That would be silly. But, I gotta get to a point where I feel completely at ease when I enter my domicile. Stuff has to be where I can find it.
So why am I telling you this?
I hope talking to you about these activities will force me to do them consistently for at least a month. Then, document how they were done so that I can actually help, yea even inspire, others to do the same.
Although cleaning doesn’t automatically bring to mind money management, I find being a good steward over what you already have leads you to appreciate it more. Thereby, decreasing the desire to waste – yes, waste – money on garbage you don’t need.
If you’re disorganized or know someone who is, I don’t have to tell you it’s an expensive habit.
With couponing, I just want to acquire stuff I was going to buy anyway for little or nothing. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Do you have any tips, resources, or tools that’ll help me get this done?