Sunday, October 24, 2010

Organize - The Purse

It's really not that hard to control the mess in your purse, but so many women have a hard time with it. There are countless purse organizers out there on commercials and in magazines for you to buy in order to "help" keep your purse organized, but let's face it... i'm not buying it.

Lots of girls/women like to change out their purse depending on their outfit or season, but yet i've heard over and over, "Don't judge the fact that my purse totally clashes with my outfit today. I didn't feel like cleaning out this one in order to put everything in a new one."

I've been made fun of on many occasions at how I change my purse to match what i'm wearing... and for the record, I really don't that often unless it totally clashes. It kills me that people think it's such a time consuming task. It literally takes me less than a minute - case in point, I did it in the car on the way to Tiger Tunes last Friday night. Quick switch and then back again the next day.

So here is what works for me!

Take a look at the inside of my purse currently...

My friend's mother was joking one time that her daughter had a bunch of bags inside her bag. And really and truly, that is my system, but before we go there we clearly need to start with the wallet.

I'm sure most of us have this one already, but if you don't.... what on earth are you doing to yourself? My wallet has fifty million slots and storage places in it, but if you don't have a place for your coins then I would get a small bag to hold the change so that it's not rolling around in the bottom of your purse creating a big huge mess. How many times have you searched the bottom of your purse for a quarter for the coke machine when you could have saved time by simply having a coin bag.

This bag holds my chap-stick, lipstick, and gloss as well as feminine items on the bottom and a few bobby pins that I might need when i'm in public and my bangs are completely driving me insane :) !

Every morning on my way to work I reach over and grab my bag so that I can put on my chap-stick. And then it's so easy to just stick it back in. I don't have to dig around in my purse while driving pulling out everything that feels like my chap-stick only to pull it out and realize it was not what I was looking for. It's a quick, easy fix.

Speaking of digging around your purse to find things. I finally bought one of these after getting completely annoyed that I couldn't find (or reach) my keys in my huge purse/bags that I carried last year. You can get them all over the place in a lot of different looks. Definitely a time-saver!
Bath-n-Body Works has those things that hold your hand sanitizer and hook onto your key chain. And here's a cute one I found on etsy! If you don't like all that hanging from your key chain then put it in your feminine bag!

The next bag I have is my trash bag. I know you're probably thinking, do wha? It works for me and that's all that matters.

I can't stand gum wrappers and little balls of trash hanging out in my purse so I bought this bag to put those types of things in when i'm in church or the movies or anywhere that a trash can is not within reach. Then when you're in the restroom or close to a trash can you simply take it out and dump it when it's full. Call me crazy!

To-Do lists are a big huge part of my life. Really! I'd forget a LOT if it weren't for my to do lists.
I found myself making the same lists over and over and then losing them. There had to be a better way.

So now I have this little journal type deal in my purse so that I can have it with me at all times. Think about it - if i'm at school and need to make a list for the store all I have to do is write it in there and then there's no digging for that loose piece of paper in my purse. When I get to the store I don't have to worry about forgetting to tear off the last post-it on the grocery list on the fridge. It's already in my purse. Perfection!

And so now you have room to put your pens as well as your phone in the zipper on the inside of your purse. That just about covers it for me, but anything else that is important to you can either sit freely inside your purse since everything else is put away in a bag, or you can get a bag for that as well!

My camera is the only other thing that I typically have with me.... and yes, it has a bag!

When you're ready to switch out purses for the new season (or outfit) - just grab your bags and switch 'em over! It really doesn't have to be such a time-consuming, cleaning out the trash task.

I'm not promising that my system will work for you, but it works for me and that's the key; find what works for you and stick with it!

Hope this helps!


Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

Love 'the system'...I try to clean out my purse once a week. Don't know why I carry around half the stuff I do! Great organizing tips!

Anonymous said...

This is excellent! My purse seriously needs to be organised - again! - and this is a great idea. Thank you.