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When thinking about spring cleaning, usually your house gets all of the attention. But what about our purse and wallet? These are like little mini homes that we carry with us everywhere! Depending on what type of wallet you use, you may or may not have a super mess to go through.
Here’s a couple tips to help spring clean your wallet no matter if you have a sleek business card holder or a George Costanza exploding wallet:
Take Everything Out Of Your Wallet
Be sure you have a clean, uncluttered surface to place everything – and not lose everything like George in the video above! LOL It always amazes me the stuff I find in my wallet when I clean it out. I’ve found 5 month expired coupons before. There have been loyalty cards to autoparts stores which the last time I remember being in one was about 2 years go. Plus, I am a receipt keeper because of my business. When I have a meeting at the local coffee shop about this website or my art business, I always keep my receipt. When I purchase art supplies, yep, you guessed it … another receipt. So taking everything out of my wallet gets messy.
This is kind of like a pre-sort. Here are the piles I typically come up with – bank cards, ID cards, health insurance, gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and receipts. You might also have credit cards, coupons, membership cards, photos, and more.
Sort Out Cards
I like to start with the easy stuff first – bank, ID, and health cards. Then I check these, and all the following items as well, to make sure they haven’t expired or aren’t about to expire. Next up are discount cards and membership cards. It’s a good time to evaluate if these are even being used and also have these been a waste of not only wallet space but financially a waste for you as well? For gift cards, if I haven’t done this already I call or look online to see how much is left and write the amount in marker on the card. Last are coupons, these I throw out if expired and only keep the ones I know for sure I am planning to use.
Sort Out Receipts
This is always my biggest nemesis. Whether receipts are spilling out of my wallet or spread across my desk, these pesky papers are a necessary evil until I can get a receipt scanner! These critters seems to multiply throughout the month so I do a small wallet cleaning at least once a month. There are different ways you may want to sort your receipts. Have a trash can near by and throw away any unnecessary receipts like for a family meals out, buying gas not business related, dry cleaning you have picked up and cannot expense, groceries, etc. Here’s where it can get tricky for me… all of the receipts that I need to keep for business expenses, health care, car warranty repairs or checkups, and receipts just incase you need to exchange something(happens all the time with us at Lowes. For all of these receipts, I sort into separate large envelopes I label with the current year and category. It saves me so much headaches when it comes to tax time.
Wipe Out Your Wallet
If you are a messy person like me, you can even get the inside of your wallet dirty. Now is the time to clean that up!
Evaluate Your Current Wallet
Now is a great time to evaluate if the wallet you have is the best for what you need. Recently, my tiny wallet finally gave out and the zipper refused to work any more. It was like a miniature exploding wallet. I realized that I was underestimating what I needed to be able to best utilize my wallet for. This was especially true because most of my receipts were either floating around my purse or ended up getting ruined when I washed my jeans. I needed a better way to contain my day to day life! So I was happy to find out that JORD has started making wallets and purses! (Remember my article1 and article2 about the gorgeous wooden watches they make?) JORD has been sooo kind to send a vegan leather wallet for me to try out that is just the right size with 8 card pockets, two different areas for receipts, an interior zippered pocket, and two interior pockets. I love the leather look and feel of the wallet which is hard to believe this is made from sustainable cork oak trees. It’s like a tiny stylish filing cabinet for my small purse. (After I was over the baby bag phase, I went completely the opposite direction in purse size.)
Load Up Your Wallet
At this point you know what you are keeping, have your receipts organized for tax season, and know what all is available on gift cards. Load up your wallet keeping like items together as much as possible.
For me, spring cleaning isn’t just cleaning. It’s also decluttering your life. Making everyday tasks easier helps. It also helps having the right wallet for your needs and the JORD vegan leather wallet it a great one!
More About JORD & What Is Vegan Leather?
I am a huge fan of the small family-owned & operated company JORD. (Prounounced as YODE – a Norwegian word meaning “Of the Earth.”) They offer wood & stone watches, hats, Apple bands in a variety of materials, eyewear, gift sets, & natural vegan handbags. Their products are amazing examples of craftsmanship and design. I also love that JORD uses unique reclaimed and natural materials. Their designs are produced sustainably such as the wood watches being made with materials rescued from the waste cycle like trees downed in storms or wood previously used in furniture. Their handbags are made of sustainable Portuguese cork oak tree which can be safely harvested every decade for 200 years. Read more about how vegan leather is created in the informational Suberhide Fact Sheet below.