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I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced that there are purse gremlins that throw stuff in my purse at night to clutter and weigh it down. Then those gremlins have a mosh pit of a party in my purse, beating and crumpling everything up. Anyone else visited by the purse gremlins?
To keep my purse from ending up weighing 40 pounds and being a total mess, I do a Couch Potato Organizing session on my purse about every month or so.
I’ve found that sturdy organization tools work best in the mosh pit of my purse, keeping everything organized and protected from the moshing. Also, if you don’t know where to store all your purses, check out my Purse Storage Ideas.
Wanna join me in some couch potato organizing? Grab your purse and turn on your favorite TV show. Oh, and grab the trash can, too.
Sit down and get comfortable. Take everything out of your purse. You can do the upside down dump it all out or take each item out one at a time. Up to you.
Throw away any trash you find.
Sort through everything in your purse and pull out the items that belong somewhere else. Receipts in the desk, Matchbox cars or Littlest Pet Shop animals in the toy box.
Pull out duplicates of the same item (how many lip sticks do you need in your purse?)
Now we want to start putting things back in a way that will be easy to use.
I got this Pouchee as a gift a couple of years ago and absolutely love it. I can change purses quickly and easily by just moving this one Pouchee instead of digging around and moving each individual item. I also like that everything is in the same location in every purse, no matter the size or design of the purse. Before I used to rummage around to find my wallet, my ID wallet, my glasses, my bandages or whatever because every purse had different sized pockets to put things in. I was organized, but I’d have to stop and remember where I put a particular item in each different purse.
The Pouchee is part wallet and part small purse. I keep my change and paper money in the 2 pockets on the inside of the Pouchee. I like that both money pockets are accessible from the top. I don’t like pulling out a wallet, unfolding it with one hand to then pull out the money I need with the other hand, while balancing the wallet so that nothing falls out while it is open. It seems like wasted effort. With this set up, I just reach into my purse and pull out the money I need with no juggling of a wallet.
I don’t use the credit card pockets because I keep my credit cards in an ID card wallet (more on that in a minute). But there is space in the middle of the Pouchee for me to keep my ID card wallet and a store rewards card holder.
I find that everything is neatly contained and always in the same place in every purse I use, making a hectic life just a little easier.
I’ve been using an ID card wallet since way back in my active duty military days. There are times when you don’t want to carry a purse. It’s so much easier to grab this and my cell, put it them in a pocket and go. I like the portability of this small ID card wallet.
I carry a clear plastic envelope for receipts. I’ve repurposed plastic packaging, but I’ve seen cute zippered envelopes at the office supply stores and you can always use a paper envelope, even repurpose one from your junk mail. When I make a purchase I immediately put the receipt into the envelope. Every couple of days, I take the receipts from the envelope and file them at home. This keeps the receiepts from getting lost either in a plastic shopping bag or in my purse, It also keeps the receiepts from being crumpled beyond recognition in the mosh pit of my purse.
I carry several pens because no matter how many times I remind my family, every Sunday morning at church I have 3-4 people lean over and whisper, “Can I borrow a pen, please.” I’ve given up reminding them to bring their own and just plan ahead. I have been using an eye glasses case to hold the pens so that I can quickly find them and don’t have to dig around the bottom of my purse.
Last Christmas my friend, Mika, gave me this card organizer. I use it to hold the seemingly thousands of store rewards cards I have. I keep them all (alphabetically, of course) in this organizer. It’s easy to remove them from my purse and reduce the weight when I don’t need to carry the cards.
I’ve just recently made one from an Altoids tins.
I always carry store coupons in my purse just in case. I use a cover from a last year’s pocket calendar. Again, you could easily use a junk mail envelope. But I like how sturdy this plastic cover is so that it holds up in the mosh pit of my purse. And I like that this cover was saved from the landfill.
I always carry a small nail file in a pocket of my purse. You never know when you’ll need one.
Despite the convenience of my cell phone, I still like having a small notepad. There are times when I’m talking on the phone when I need to write something down AND talk at the same time. I’ve also found times when it’s easiest to write an address down on the notepad and THEN enter it into the GPS on my phone.
It probably won’t surprise you that I carry a small tape measure (blue) and flashlight (grey) in my purse, just in case.
And just to make me smile, I carry Hello Kitty bandages. I was surprised to find two bandage holders when I did this clean out. I hope I don’t need that many bandages at one time, so I put one packet away and am now only carrying one.
Now that we’ve sorted through everything, it’s time to put it all back in your purse. I purposefully put my keys, my pens and my cell phone on the side of the purse that opens first when you unzip it, (the left side below). I hate when I have to juggle my purse, unzipping it and rummaging for a item. To make life easier, I put the 3 items I reach for most often, the keys, the cell phone and the pens, in the part of the purse that’s easiest to access. With 3 children, I grab my keys so often that I’ve set my key chain up to make my life a little easier, too.
You should be able to finish organizing your purse by the end of your favorite show. That’s a win win; lighter, better organized purse AND a little relaxation.
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