Raise your hand if your wallet looks like a war zone. * Hand shoots up in the air *
To be completely honest, I am a nice person. My bed is always made, there is rarely a dish in my sink and I always bark my couch cushions.
But my wallet is a disaster. I am talking about receipts in abundance, random pens in the pockets, about 18 chapsticks, not to mention the actual necessities such as my wallet and house keys (which I never find in the mess).
For some reason I find keeping my bag clean one of the most difficult things to do. The more messy it gets, the more I don’t want to tidy it up. But being so unorganized only leads to more frustrating days trying to find things. It is a vicious circle!
That is where Marie Kondo enters. You probably already know this organization guru. At the start of 2019, she released her Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” where she visits several families in need of a serious de-clutter.
Her mantra is that you should only keep the items that generate “joy” in your life. By using this method, she helps guide families in cleaning up their homes.
But your house is not the only thing that Marie wants to help you tidy. This master organizer is just as good with wallets, and thank goodness, because if I throw any random earring in my bag, I won’t be a happy camper.
To help us, Marie has made a video in which she helps another lady with a messy wallet. This a) helps me realize that I am not alone and b) gives us a picture of what to do in terms of cleaning up your bag, which is super handy.
The first step is to get everything out of your bag – even if there are six tampons in it, just get it all on the table so you can see exactly what the mess is causing.
Then of course, as always, the next step will lose everything that does not generate joy. So those expired coupons that you drive with you “just in scene”? Say goodbye. Those old boarding passes that you kept behind you months ago for ‘sentimental purposes’? Sayonara.
The next step is to categorize the items that you save. This is probably where myself and most of the audience get stuck every time, but it’s an important step to take if you don’t want your wallet to get messy the next day.
Part of the categorization process can include picking up other things to place small items in, for example a small bag or a bag for items such as makeup that you want to keep in your bag to freshen up. This will help keep everything neat and tidy for months and even years.
If you follow the rest of Marie’s tips on organizing your bag – and with it your life! – to listen, watch this incredibly useful video below.
What do you think of Marie Kondo’s tips for organizing your handbag? How do you usually get your wallet in order?