Recently, when I decided to start working as a professional organizer, I ordered a batch of business cards to hand out to everyone I know, with the hope they’d pass the card along to someone in need of decluttering services.
I did feel a pang of guilt … am I adding to people’s clutter with these cards? In most cases, if I’m looking up the website or telephone number for a business, I’ll go to a search engine before I think to look for a business card I may have held onto. However, since I’m starting out, I figured that asking friends to share the cards with their friends and family was the best way to get my name out there.
What do you do with the business cards you receive? Do you refer back to them (what was the name of the chimney sweep you used three or four years ago?)?
If you use business cards as a reference, then keep them together. Weed out the ones that aren’t important. If it is a souvenir, keep it in your memory box instead of with companies you do business with. Tuck the business cards in a small box so they don’t slide around a drawer. And, each time you go looking for a business card, weed out the ones you no longer need.
If this task doesn’t apply to you: Intentionally skip or turn down an activity you want to avoid.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.