What’s in Your Purse?September 4, 2009 by Blair
Filed Under Organizing
by Blair Massey
Anyone who carries a purse will tell you that keeping it organized and free of clutter is a challenge. In addition, it can be a big pain in your neck, shoulder or back when it gets too heavy to carry.
If you’re tired of the hassle of rummaging through your purse to find things, try these six simple steps for achieving an organized, clutter free purse.
1. Clean It
Remove all the contents from your purse. Remove any crumbs and garbage. Next, vacuum out your purse using your vacuum’s crevice attachment. If the suction from your vacuum is too strong, try using a hand-held vacuum.
If your purse is leather, give is a shine with leather cleaner.
2. Identify It
Identify the essential items that you use on a daily basis. An easy way to do this is to put a large zip-top plastic bag into your purse. When you are done using an item from your purse, instead of putting it back into your purse, put it into the plastic bag. Do this for two weeks. At the end of the two week period you will have identified exactly what you use on a regular basis. These are the items you keep in your purse.
Here is my top ten list of essential purse items:
- wallet (ID, cash, credit cards, library card, pictures, etc.)
- sun glasses
- cell phone or PDA
- comb or brush
- hand cream
- hand sanitizer
- feminine products
- small pack of tissues
If you need to touch up your appearance on the go, add a compact mirror, lipstick, powder, mascara, blush, travel size hairspray and an emery board.
3. Purge It
Once you have identified your essentials, everything else should be removed. If you still think you will need something from the items you just purged, put them into the plastic bag and place them back in your purse. If you use anything from the plastic bag, put it back into your purse when you are done with it. At the end of one week whatever is still in the bag should be removed.
4. Organize It
Organizing the inside of your purse can be difficult. Unless you have built-in compartments, everything ends up in a big heap at the bottom of your purse. Try finding your ringing cell phone in that mess! You dig and dig, trying to find it. Then when you finally do find it, it stops ringing. Frustrating!
Here is my answer to this annoying problem. Consider purchasing a purse organizer like the ones made by Pursket. You can put everything you need into the convenient compartments in the organizer. All your things, including your ringing cell phone are easy to find because there is a place for each item. And the best part is that when you want to change purses you just take out your organizer and pop it into whatever purse you want to use. Nothing is forgotten.
5. Tote It
There will be times when you need to take along items that you don’t use on a regular basis. Things such as books and videos to be returned, shopping lists, dry cleaning tickets, coupons, lists of clothing sizes for your family, reading material or paperwork, and toys and snacks to keep your children occupied during appointments. These supplementary items can go into a tote that you use for errands. Keep your tote in the hall closet for easy access or next to your purse so that you don’t forget to take it with you when you need it.
If you are tempted to put something in your purse that you don’t use on a regular basis, stop and think if it would be better to keep it in your tote.
6. Maintain It
To maintain your newly organized purse, clean it out once a month. That way you’ll keep on top of any clutter that accumulates. You can use the plastic bag method again if you are uncertain about what to keep in your purse.
If you do this every month, you’ll lighten your load, have less stress when you need to find something and you’ll be able to finally find your ringing cell phone.
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