how to clean and organize your purse

Anyone who knows me very well knows that I love purses. I am a bargain hunter when it comes to most everything, but my weakness is designer handbags. I still somehow manage to buy them at a bargain price, though, often at consignment stores.

Because I love purses, I carry one daily. Keeping it clean and organized is important to me. Today, I want to share a few tips and tricks I use to organize my purse.

Tip 1: Pouches

I use different pouches to organize things according to category. For example, all things cosmetic go in my make-up pouch. In my make-up pouch I always carry a few fingernail care tools, as well, such as nail clippers, a nail file, and an emory board. I often find that I can utilize these items anytime I am waiting- for appointments, dropping off/picking up kids, during their sports practice times, etc.

 All lotions, medicine, gum, writing utensils, paper, etc goes into another pouch. Loose change goes in my coin pouch. When my children were very young, I had a pouch for their things to eliminate the need to carry a diaper bag.

I always keep an ink pen in a pouch, also, in case it leaks and ruins my handbag. I also have learned to keep tissue and bandaids in my purse. Those two items come in very handy when you have children.

Tip 2:Receipts

If you balance your checkbook daily and file or toss your receipts, you’ll keep your wallet more organized. Also, periodically, I go through my loyalty cards and toss any that I do not use frequently. These items have a tendency to accumulate and create quite a nuisance to keep up with. Most stores can look up your loyalty account by your phone number or email anyway. I keep my receipts in a file at home. 

Tip 3:A good wallet

I like to buy and use a wallet that is large enough to carry my cards, checkbook, and cash. I do not carry coins in my wallet b/c of the bulkiness. I keep them in a separate coin pouch. I also am a bit picky about how my wallet closes. I have had the zip around type wallets and the teeth of the zipper always seems to snag and tear receipts and cash. So, I prefer the wallets that have a snap or magnetic closure. 

Tip 4:Purse structure

I also like to only buy purses that have at least one inner zipper pocket in the interior lining. Most every handbag has this option now, but it is something I always look for before buying a purse. I keep my important keys and season passes here. What are important keys? I keep our fire safe keys, RV keys, and neighborhood pool key in this zipper pocket.

I only carry my essential keys on my daily car key chain. This keeps your keys from getting bulky and also is better on your vehicle ignition. Too much weight from a heavy keychain can damage your car ignition. 

Tip 5:Glasses/sunglasses

I prefer to always carry my sunglasses in a case. This prevents the lenses from being scratched and it keeps them cleaner. I also usually keep some cheaper sunglasses in my vehicle for driving. I just recently took a family trip and realized I had forgotten my sunglasses. I found that the dollar stores carry some pretty decent and trendy sunglasses. So, now these inexpensive sunglasses stay in my vehicle for driving. 

Tip 6: Interior pockets

If you carry a cell phone, you likely need place in your handbag to hold it. When I shop for purses, I check the interior pockets to see if they are large/wide enough for me to slip my phone into. Having two large interior pockets are even better. I use one for my phone and the other for my keys.

I hope this information has been beneficial to you in better organizing your purse. If you like reading this type of material, be sure to subscribe to my blog for more tips and tricks to clean and organize everything in your home.

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Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can sign up here.

Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.

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Also, check out a great post on decluttering over here from becomingminimalist.com. Joshua Becker has some great tips on decluttering and minimalism.

For further reading, check out the fly lady here. She has some great cleaning and kitchen decluttering ideas plus excellent organization tips to get you started.