By: Becky Esker, President, Get Organized! LLC
errands can be time-consuming endeavors. Have you ever found
yourself spending the entire day running from one errand to
another and not really accomplishing much? This is stressful to
say the least. With gas prices these days, it is down right
expensive too. With the holidays just around the corner,
shopping and errands are plentiful.
Planning is the
key to making the most out of shopping and errands. Before you
leave the house, make a list of all the places you need to go.
Also have a list of each item you need to get or task you need
to complete for each stop you make. Evaluate all your stops and
start with the errand farthest from home and work your way back
home. As you make the stops, check them off your list.
Shopping lists are
critical to stress-free, efficient and cost-effective shopping.
If you have a list of all the items you need, stick to the list
and it will save you money. You will also be in and out of the
store and on your way to your next destination in no time at
Keep a running
shopping list at home. A shopping list on the refrigerator, on
or in a cabinet door, or any other sensible location in the
kitchen is a major time and money-saver. Anytime you or a family
member notices something running out, add it to the list. Take
the list with you to the store and check off the items as you
place them in the cart.
Avoid shopping during
the busiest shopping times. Saturdays and early evening are
generally busy times as is Christmas Eve. Consider shopping late
at night or early in the morning as there are less people and
more parking spaces.
Once arriving home from
shopping and errands, you should promptly put all items away.
If you have cold items, put these away into the refrigerator and
freezer first. Then empty each and every bag putting the items
away in their designated homes. If an item is new to the
household, designate a home immediately and put it away. If you
have gifts for the holiday, consider wrapping them right away.
Leaving your purchases in their bags is simply creating clutter.
Remember the telephone
is a valuable tool. If you question whether or not a store
might have what you need or where the item you want is located,
call ahead! If possible, request the store hold the item at the
front counter. A few minutes on the telephone can save an hour
or more of your time.
well-planned day will reduce your stress and leave time for you
to enjoy the things that really matter in life. Enjoy the
shopping, just donít do the dropping!