Can you believe that it’s Day 31 of the 31 Days of 10-minute Purging Tips Challenge?! This past month has flown by, hasn’t it? Today we’ll be working on our wallet and keys. Our goal is to eliminate things we don’t need from our lives and home so that we can better enjoy life. Let’s see what we want to keep and what needs to be purged.
We use our wallets and keys everyday, yet we rarely take the time to purge and organize them. Don’t worry, today’s task should be relatively easy and you’ll truly appreciate the outcome. Carrying less schtuff every day is liberating both physically and psychologically.
Take Everything Out- Keep in mind we’re doing this in 10 minutes. Unless you have the world’s largest wallet or key chain, you should be able to finish this task in that time. Lay the items you take out on a table or counter. And check every pocket in that wallet and every corner of every pocket.
Group Like Items Together – Quickly group like items together. Put cash together (except for that hidden emergency cash stash – that can remain separate). Put all the IDs together. Put all the photos together. Put all the receipts together and all the scraps of paper with notes on them together. Look through your key ring. Remove the keys and categorize them. If you don’t know what the key goes to, put it in a separate pile.
Evaluate – Look at each group you’ve created. Take the receipts and put them with your papers to be filed (you may keep the receipt for any items you will return this week, but otherwise you don’t need to be carrying receipts around with you). Take those notes out and keep that information in a safe location or recycle the notes you no longer need. Go through your photos. Carry a few very special photos with you and keep the other ones with your photos in albums or photo boxes. Look through your IDs and remove any expired ones. You want to reduce the amount of unnecessary weight that you’re carrying with you. Look over your groups of keys. Remove any that you don’t have to carry with you every day. You can keep those keys you don’t need easily accessible somewhere else. Take your group of unidentified keys and check all the locks in your home, your cars, your storage shed, wherever else you can think of. If you can’t identify what the key goes to, place it on a key ring that you mark with today’s date and place in your junk drawer. If you still haven’t figured out what the key goes to in 6 months, it’s time to let it go. If that makes you too nervous, you can hold onto the key, but make sure you have written the date on it so that in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years or whenever you feel comfortable, you can get rid of that key.
Purge – Remove items you don’t need to keep and place them in one of your 6 purging bags.
Put Everything Away – Put the items you’ve decided to keep back away.
One of my very first blog posts was about an Easy Way to Manage Your Keys. It’s a great tip and a fun walk down my early blogging memory lane.
We’ve done it. Thirty-one days of purging is done. Woo hoo! How do you feel? Hopefully you feel much lighter and less stressed and quite proud of yourself. We’ve been working hard and accomplished a lot this month. We should feel proud.
Please join me tomorrow for the wrap-up in the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips challenge and find out what now that we’re done with the challenge. Let’s purge some more so you can make room to enjoy life more.
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