Today we are going to clean out our bags.
For some of us this will only take 10 minutes, for others, a few hours.
What bags should we clean out?
Purses, Diaper Bags, Brief Cases, Wallets, Backpacks, Etc…
Why are we cleaning out our bags during “Paper”month?
Because I am sure there are both important and expired papers in your bags but do NOT just clean out the papers. Go ahead and clean out the entire bag.
We want to “Control the Chaos” in 2016 and what better way to begin than “Controlling” the areas where they enter the home. If your bags are clean and organized now, you can start the year off in control and THAT is EXACTLY what we want.
(I have it on my weekly checklist in order to make sure it gets done and my receipts get scanned for extra savings.).
What are some of the things you should do while cleaning out your bags?
- Throw the trash away.
- Remove expired insurance cards, rewards cards and coupons.
- Remove old keys from your key ring. (We had three keys on our ring and two were to a house that burnt down almost two years ago). That’s.just.sad.
- Add new insurance cards.
- Scan or file all coupons, papers and receipts in your newly organized systems.
- Replace broken or damaged items.
- Remove doubles, triples and questionable items. Do you really need 27 ink pens?
Seriously analyze every, single item before you return it to your bag.
Because I knew I would be gone today for appointments and out of town errands I chose to do this project last week.
Just for encouragement I will share our results.
I don’t carry a “real” purse due to my physical challenges and I empty it every time I return home because the more weight it has the more pain I have. I don’t like pain so I decided long ago to keep my purse as light as possible.
Confession: The purse in the photo is full of socks and only used as a prop BUT that is my wallet and keychain. (I won’t show you how we cleaned out the socks, lol).
Yes, we are even purging our keycards.
The ones on the left either expired or the stores in our area closed.
The ones on the right I use regularly.
I do not have a smart phone but I have heard that you can scan your card and use your phone at the checkout if you don’t wish to carry the key cards around.
(Hubby does this).
I must confess, checkout has been much quicker since I am digging through 4 less cards.
How are your bags coming?
Did you make it through them all?
Did you remember to scan the receipts for the reward programs or put them in the take action file to handle on Sunday?
Did you find anything exciting? Spare cash? Loaded gift cards? A bill you forgot to pay?
Remember today is a new day and you CAN “Control the Chaos” even in your purse, briefcase and diaper bag.
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