I don’t know about you, but my purse used to be like a black hole. A total hot mess. I could never find anything. It’d take me minutes to fish out my keys or phone out because of all the random things floating around inside the purse. Well, those days are thankfully over because of some purse organization strategies I’ve put into place.
I found the best way to contain purse clutter is to compartmentalize things. Put the small things into bigger things– like my cosmetic bag.
I picked up this little bag in the Target clearance section one day. I love how it has large and small compartments. I put all the things I don’t use often and bigger items (bandages, hairspray, emery board, hair ties, extra contact lens, floss, eye drops, pen, medicine, bobby pins and safety pins, and lotion) in the large section and things I use often (lip gloss and hand sanitizer) in the small section.
I’m big on reusing containers. Seriously, why buy new containers when you already have some laying around the house?
One of my favorite containers to repurpose are old prescription bottles. I remove the prescription label (sometimes I have to use this technique to get the pesky labels off) so there’s no confusion about what’s actually in the bottle. I also like to use old prescription bottles to store things when I travel.
I use the larger bottle to store different medicines in my purse. At 31 weeks pregnant, that’s antacids, Pepcid, and Tylenol. I use the smaller bottle to store bobby pins and safety pins. You never know when you’ll need either. And as you can see, I added a little flair to the medicine bottle with some washi tape.
I also love this cosmetic bag because if I’m driving and need something, I can just ask Brad to grab the bag and get me whatever I need out of it.
One of my biggest problems used to be paper in my purse. I would throw coupons, receipts, appointment cards, etc. into my purse. This was the biggest black hole problem.
So I invested in a coupon sorter (found at Target). I put receipts in the front and coupons in their designated sections. Once a week, typically on Sundays, I go through the sorter. I throw out expired coupons, put in new coupons, throw away or file the receipts, and enter appointment dates and times in my phone. The whole process typically takes about 10 minutes, which isn’t bad at all.
Another item I almost always have in my purse is my external battery for my iPhone. This little guy is a life saver. Not only do I use it to charge my phone on-the-go, but it’s helped out friends and family in a pinch when their phones are about to die, which makes me very popular. Trust me, it’s well worth the $27.
I make sure to always put my phone and keys in the small side pockets since those are the things I grab most often when I’m out and about.
Now it’s so much easier to find things inside my purse. I don’t have to fumble around because everything has a designated spot.
Do you have any purse organization tips to share?