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Organizing Your Purse
My kids are now grown, but I can recall dozens (maybe, hundreds!) of times that I found weird things in my purse that “somehow” (ahem, my sons) put in there. I’ve found the classics, such as Legos or Matchbox cars, but I’ve also found half-eaten sausage links, toilet paper with a bug in it and my “favorite” one, yet, a frog!
Oh the life of a mother of boys!
It’s not just the kids that cause our purse to get messy and overstuffed.
I’ve also found plenty of things in my purse that I put in there or just “magically”appeared. Um, a small hammer, scissors and a packet of yeast (what??) A few of my fellow bloggers mentioned that theye recently found a TV remote, several mismatched socks and even melted chocolate in their purses! The blogger who found the melted chocolate added “Had I known there was chocolate in there it would never have had the opportunity to melt!”
An overstuffed purse can also cause your back to ache! According to the American Chiropractic Association, your purse should weigh less than three pounds. You should also alternate carrying your bag on each shoulder throughout the day to reduce strain on your shoulders and back.
Getting Your Purse Cleaned Out
Getting your purse purged and organized doesn’t have to be a chore. Organize your purse while watching your favorite TV show, while you are waiting for the kids at practice or just put on your favorite playlist and knock it out in a few minutes.
Here’s what you need to do:
1) Take a photo of your messy purse (we’ll get back to this later)
2) Take everything out of your purse or handbag. Yes. Everything.
3) Throw away wrappers and other garbage (you know, like that half eaten granola bar)
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4) Shake the inside of the purse out over the garbage
5) Wipe the outside of the purse with a damp rag or baby wipe
6) Wipe the inside of the purse with a damp rag or baby wipe
7) Decide on a place for everything. Use the compartments that are part of the purse. You can probably find something to store in even the tiniest places.
• Cell phones ideally, should be kept in an outside pocket
• What else do you reach for often? Glasses, sunglasses, lip gloss, keys
• Figure out where you can easily access them, yet keep them safe.
8) Now that you know where everything goes, put it away.
9) Take a photo of your newly purged and organized purse and share on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #thegreatpursepurge . Be sure to tag @womannoblecharacter so we can see!
Top Tips for Organizing Your Purse
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- Consider purchasing a purse that has some organization built right into it. Of course, we all want a purse that looks good, but if you are always using a giant bag to hold everything, you will spend countless moments searching the depths of your purse for things you need or losing stuff in your bag. There are plenty of pretty and stylish purses that offer cool compartments for organizing credit cards, keys, cell phones, and more. This will make it SO much easier for organizing your purse!
- While you are cleaning out your purse, take photocopies of your credit cards and IDs and keep them in a safe place in case your purse or wallet ever gets stolen or lost. This will make life much easier if you have to call for replacements.
- Grab a small envelope to store receipts in while you are out. You can transfer them to their proper home once a week for tax purposes. You can also use a receipt organizer like two below.
- Carry one or two small ziplock bags in your purse for garbage (wrappers, used tissues, etc.)
- Use a coin purse or small ziplock bag for your change. To keep the purse from not weighing as much as a small horse, when I purge my purse I keep only a few of each denomination in my coin purse. The rest goes in a large jug that we use to save for our anniversary trips.
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- Keep only travel-sized products in your purse. Consider buying empty travel shampoo bottles from the dollar store or Walmart and filling them with the full-sized products you have at home. The hardest part of organizing your purse is not having too many items in it, especially too many large items.
- As much as you think you do, you don’t need 5 bottles of nail polish and 7 lipsticks in your purse. Pare it down to save your back and your sanity!
- Punch a hole in the corner of your rewards cards and keep them on a key chain. Much easier to find when you are looking for one and will save space. (Alternatively, consider using an app to store these reward cards such as StoCard or KeyRingApp). You can also use a mint tin (like Altoids) to store the cards in.
Do you have a bazillion-kibillion-muchoquanillion points cards? Every company on the planet seems to be issuing them without the corresponding wallet to house them all. I use a key fob to keep all of my points cards in one place and I have received so many “Great idea!”s. https://100things2do.ca/purse-organization-points-cards/ #purseorganization #purseorganizer #rewardcards
- Determine which items you use most often and DON’T put those in bags or pockets. Items such as your cell phone, sunglasses, keys, etc, go in and out of your purse multiple times each day. Leave these items in the main part of your purse. If everything else (make-up, coins, etc.), is separated, the most often used items will always be in plain sight.
- Put your headphones and chargers in a sunglasses case. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to untangle headphones and charging cords in the middle of your already disastrous purse. Keeping them in a sunglasses case will make your life so much easier.
- Clean out your purse at the end of every day. The hardest part of organizing your purse is keeping it that way. Commit to tossing any stray receipts, trash or wrappers that may have made it’s way into your bag throughout the day, and remove loose change. Do this every night, and your bag will always be organized. If every day is too much, do it once a week (I clean mine out on Sunday afternoon.)
Do you struggle with organizing your purse or keeping it that way? Do you have a great purse organizing tip to share? Tell us in the comments below.
Need to get your closet organized and “find” more space in it? See this post on Making More Space in Your Closet. Need more help on cleaning and organizing? Consider joining Faith Filled Home, where we not only discuss growing closer to God and strengthening your marriage, but we also focus on one area of our house each month to clean and organize, in-depth.
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