Organizing Your Purse

By Basic Organization team member Tracy Wells.
Let me ask you a question about purses. Do you think men are curious about the contents of a women’s purse? After all, they just carry around a stack of cards and some cash. What exactly do we carry? I bet men wonder why we need such big bags. How about you? Do you wonder where your keys are sometime? Are they buried at the bottom of your purse along with your cell phone?
Want a better solution than trying to struggle each time you need your keys or cell phone? Where is a pen and some paper when you need those too? Well what exactly do you have in your purse? When was the last time you organized it? Maybe today is good day to do that. If you want to accomplish just one small organizing project this month let this be it!
I’m here to give you some tips on how to lighten your load! I’m going to share with you one thing that has helped me tremendously in organizing my purse. I have many small cosmetic pouches in different colors and patterns on the inside of my purse. This way when I open my purse and look for what I need I have a pouch for that item. If it will help you than label each bag because eventually you will remember by sight what is in each bag. Give it some time but try it. Even if you only use a few bags you should try this simple system. Here are some suggestions for interior bags:
  1. gum/candy/mints
  2. coin change/gift cards
  3. makeup
  4. store receipts
  5. portable toothbrush/floss/rinse
  6. cell phone
  7. car keys
  8. feminine hygiene/first aid-bandaids/nail file-clippers
  9. pens/small size pocket notebook
  10. coupons
  11. misc…feel free to do as many or as few bags as possible.
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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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