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[VIDEO]: How to Organize Business Cards

How to organize the endless stacks of business cards that are around the house


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Hi everyone, it’s Alejandra. And I want to talk to you today about business cards. So I work with a lot of clients as a professional organizer and the one common denominator between all of my clients are these little stacks of business cards just like everywhere in the house, in the kitchen, the entrance way, the bathroom, the office, the toy room. Like why are there business cards in the toy room? Your kids don’t want to play with Joe Smith, the plumber’s business card. They want to play with Mr. Potato Head, LEGOs and dress-up.

So it’s time to gather all those cards that don’t belong in the places where they’re currently at and put them in a system that is going to be easy to put away, easy to find, and easy to grab when it’s time to look for that card to contact that person that you’ve been meaning to contact for months. So I’m going to show you what I do.

How to Organize Business Cards

Since I’m a business owner, I go to a lot of networking events and I go to a lot of workshops and I’m constantly meeting new people and exchanging business cards. And when I do that and I get a new card, I come home, I empty my purse and I put my cards into a glass jar that I got from the craft store.

When the jar is full or it’s half-filled or three quarters filled with business cards, I take the contents from here and I put them inside a business card binder that I put together. This is just a regular two-inch binder that I got from Staples. And what I did was I got these A through Z color-coded dividers and I file all my business cards with the name of the company.

How to Organize Business Cards

How to Organize Business Cards


How to File Business Cards

So if the name of your company begins with A, I’m going to file your card in the A section. And I’m going to use these business card sheets that are again, available at Staples. They’re made by Avery. And you can fit ten on the front and ten on the bank. So essentially, you can fit 20 cards in here. So I file all cards by the name of the company.

But if it makes sense to you to file it by the person’s last name so if your last name begins with an M, you would file the card under M or you can file the card under what type of business it is. So if it’s a floral company, you would file the card under F for flowers. Whatever makes sense for you to do just do. It makes sense for me to do it by company so that’s why I do it that way.

But when you are done, you have this great business card binder that is going to be really easy to just flip through and find the exact card when you need it. By setting up a business card binder, you are essentially eliminating these stacks of cards that are just endless that I know you’re looking at in frustration and just thinking that it’s never-ending. They are constantly coming in and constantly just being moved around from drawer to drawer and not going into a home. Setting up a business card binder is going to save you so much time the next time you need to find somebody’s business card.

 

    Alejandra Costello
  • About Alejandra

    Over the past 10 years, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 90+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and "The Decluttering Queen" by Good Morning America, Alejandra's expertise has been featured in The New York Times, Oprah.com, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. You can read more about Alejandra here.

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