Have you ever experienced constantly digging through your purse, muttering, “Where’s my phone? Where are my keys?” or “I know I brought that lip gloss, but where is it?” If this describes you, you are not alone. Most women who bring their essentials on their purses have experienced this struggle. Sometimes, the one thing you need to get right away is lost at the bottom of your abyss of a bag. Rather than constantly wasting time, you have to keep your handy little tools organized.
Here are some helpful ways to help you organize your purse:
1. Choose the right purse for the occasion
Consider buying a purse that has some organization built into it. We know to make sure that everything we need is brought in the bag, which causes some women to bring the giant suitcase purse that can fit anything and everything. Many cute and stylish purses offer different compartments for storage, keys, credit cards, phones, makeup, and more. Picking these kinds of purse lessens the hassle of going through all your stuff before you get to the one thing you need.
2. Find the items that you use most frequently and leave it out in a super accessible area
Your smartphone and keys are just a few of the items that you’ll be taking in and out of your purse frequently, so instead of keeping it inside the main compartment, leave these pieces out in its separate, delegated area. For instance, you can keep your smartphone on the zipper compartment at the back for easier access, while still being secure.
3. Know what items to keep and what to toss
Bringing a heavy bag can take a toll on your shoulders, back, and neck, and you can end up having spine damage in the long run. Keep your purse light and take out anything that you don’t need daily. Here are some tips about what to toss and what to keep:
Only carry an umbrella when there’s a forecast that says it will rain. Umbrellas also take some weight and space, which you will otherwise use for your needs.
Toss the excess coins you don’t get to use. Empty them in a jar or coin bank, then convert them to bills in the bank or grocery store. You’ll make your purse lighter.
Keep copies of your cards and IDs in your home. Since you’ll be cleaning out your bag, you can photocopy these so you’ll know whom to call and what to cancel, if your cards are already lost or stolen.
Put away the makeup counter’s worth of products you’re carrying in your bag. It’s better to go for on-the-go beauty supplies will be much handier to grab if it fits into a single pouch.
Now, it’s time to use storage to your advantage. Decide what should go where. Keep the things you use the most in the easiest places to be in. Then, organize the rest. Here are some practical tips for doing it:
- Keep your cords together.
One of the most annoying items in the bag is earbuds and chargers. The cords can become a tangled jumble and can wrap around everything else inside the bag. You can keep them in a sunglass case or in leather cord holders like cord tacos.
- Store your coins in a coin purse.
Get a coin purse instead of tossing your coins in the pockets of your bag. This way, you don’t need to dig in a lot inside your bag in case you need to use the loose change.
- Put all your makeup in a pouch.
Put your makeup in a small, zippered pouch to make it easy to grab when you need a quick touch-up. This helps keep lip gloss, mascara, or liquid foundation from bursting open and getting all over your purse. Plus, it’s also easier to take a quick touch up in your office or school by only bringing your pouch to the restroom, and not your whole bag.
It also helps to downsize your beauty products. You don’t have to bring that big bottle of lotion or cologne and your large moisturizer jar anywhere – keep them in your home. If you wish to bring some anywhere you go, decant them in smaller travel bottles to keep things compact.
- Use an organizer for your paper goods, such as receipts and coupons.
For coupons, gift cards, and receipts you have to keep, you can manage them by getting a designated spot for them. These paper items can stuff up your wallet, leaving you with no more place to put other things in.
Instead of putting these receipts and coupons in your wallet, use a mini accordion organizer. Label each section with categories such as pantry item coupons, bills receipts, merchandise receipts, beauty coupons, gift cards, etc. This way, it will be easier for you to find exactly what you’re looking for.
- Use compartmentalized wallets.
If you usually have to weed through your purse to find where the heck you put your debit card or license or passport, organize them in a compartmentalized wallet with an easy-to-view organizing system. This can save you time and energy. If you bring mostly cards and you rarely bring cash, use a cardholder. Card holders are usually smaller than a typical woman’s wallet, so it also saves space in your bag.
- Store your meds in a pillbox.
Have you ever experienced running out of a specific medication, only to find out days later that you still have one in the insides of your purse? To avoid this and have your available pills ready when you need them, put these pills and other medications in a travel pillbox. Label each compartment, so you won’t forget what’s inside. If possible, stow it in a zipped area in your purse along with your dental floss, gum, and other personal items.
5. Go digital
Do you have lots of store and restaurant loyalty cards? Since you most probably have a smartphone, be aware that there are apps that allow you to store cards right on your phone. Using your phone instead of actual cards help cut down on clutter.
Also, instead of bringing a planner or a notebook, use apps to record memos and appointments. If you plan to read even when you’re out of the house, consider switching to e-readers like Kindle or eBooks in your smartphone.
6. Prevent messes
Stop creating messes before they happen by removing the trash and other wrong items out of the bag. Make sure every pen has a sturdy cap. Properly secure any bottles – whether it contains, lotion, water, coffee, or more – and make sure they are closed before putting back to your bag. Throw any gum straight to the trash instead of sticking it in your purse. To prevent messes with your cosmetics, put them in a cosmetics bag, to avoid encountering crushed powder ruining your extra white shirt, or having goops of moisturizer on books.
7. Maintain what you organized
Once your purse is organized, make sure to keep it that way. Commit to tossing any unimportant receipts, trash, or wrappers that may have made its way inside your bag. If you’re done using your earbuds or chargers, put it away in its dedicated container. If you’re done paying using your credit card, put it back in the card slot of your wallet where you got it. This way, you are forced to keep out the junk and kept away from making your handbag a mess again.