What about receipts? I had the bad habit of just stuffing every single receipt in my purse and letting the whole collection languish at the bottom. Pretty soon, the collection became so large that it began to poke up out of the top of my purse in a most embarrassing manner. We are not stuffing tissue paper into a gift bag to make it pretty. We are filling our purse with trash.
Why do we keep receipts? It’s just so we can take things back if necessary, or keep them as business expenses, right? But our purses are not the place to store them. So here’s what you do:
As soon as you get home, take ALL the receipts out of your purse and put them into a box or folder. I understand that you can’t always go through them right away when you are trying to get through the door while holding three bags of groceries and two toddlers. But as soon as you can, go through those receipts and throw out all those with purchases you know you won’t take back (like groceries). Save the rest. If you have a large stockpile of old receipts, throw out ones you no longer need. File the rest in a folder (especially if you have a business and need to keep them for your records).
You may be thinking, “But I don’t have time for that!” If you deal with your receipts every time you shop, you can go through them with lightning speed. You could go through your receipts while you are eating lunch or having a snack. It will take you three minutes at most. Once you know you will not return something, you can safely throw out the receipt.