Cluttered Purse? A Purse Organizer Can Help!


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Purse Organizer -- Keep Your Purses Tidy!

While some women keep neat tidy small purses, for many of us, we could camp for a week with what we have in our purses! If you’re tired of rummaging around in your trendy hobo bag trying to find the ringing cell phone at the bottom, consider organizing your purse with a purse organizer.

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Weigh in . . .

According to the American Chiropractic Association, a handbag should weigh no more than 3 (three) pounds. They also recommend alternating the shoulder you carry your bag on throughout the day.

If your purse weighs 3 pounds or more, it’s time to lighten your load (and spend less time searching for things). The handy purse organizer tips below will help you purge and systemize your purse so you can find things and change purses more easily.

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Before you begin, you might want to invest in one or more of these items:

• Small cosmetic-type bags
• Purse organizer inserts (or make one)

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Purse Organizer Steps:

Step 1: Empty the contents of your purse Empty the contents of your purse onto a table. You might want to put down some newspaper or paper towels in the event any liquid, broken makeup, etc. pours out.

Step 2: Mend any lining rips Now is the time to mend any rips in the lining of your bag. You can hand sew any tears or use a good quality fabric glue.

Step 3: Clean the outside Give your handbag a good “sprucing up.” If your purse is made of leather, use a good quality leather cleaner and wipe it down according to the instructions on the cleaner. If vinyl, wipe it down with a damp cloth with a mild cleaning solution (such as Ivory soap). Rinse and wipe dry. You might also wipe down your cell phone, PDA, lipstick etc. so that they will be clean when it comes time to replace them in your bag.

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Step 4: Sort the contents If you carry around a lot of receipts, coupons, grocery lists, notes, etc. Sort them into individual piles. Review them to see if they are current. Keep only current coupons and notes in the pile. Throw away the rest. As for receipts, be sure and keep the pertinent ones according to the steps on the Bill Organizers page.

Step 5: Pare down the contents I have a bad habit of keeping too much in my purse. With a spouse, children and grand children, I want to be prepared for not only my own needs, but those of my family as well. You may feel the same way. However, it IS possible to reduce some of the items you carry. Remember, the goal here is to make sure you have only what you absolutely must have and get that purse down to 3 pounds or less!

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Step 6: Clean and organize your wallet Don’t forget your wallet! Make sure you are only carrying what you need. You don’t need to carry around your Social Security card. Pare down the number of credit cards you carry (better still, pare down the number you have period – your finances will thank you!).

If you carry coupons and receipts in your wallet, refer to Step 4.

If you carry them in your checkbook, you can also refer to Step 4.

Now is also a good time to update the family pictures in your wallet as well!

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Step 7: Organize the contents I suggest having 2 small zip-bags (such as the small cosmetic bags) in your purse. Keep your makeup in one, but use the other for those odds and ends such as medicine, Tide-to-Go pens, band-aids, nail clippers, etc. This can function as your “in case of emergency bag.” Try to use the smallest one possible.

Step 8: Utilize all pockets, pouches and zipper areas. Many purses have both interior and exterior pockets or pouches. Many also have at least one interior area that zips or snaps shut. Use these spaces well. Cell phones, PDA, keys, company access badge, lipsticks fit well in the smaller pockets. Experiment with your purse and your possessions until you find a method that works for you. Use the larger area (usually with a zipper or snap) for larger items such as hair brushes.

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Step 9: Consider making or purchasing an interior purse organizer There are many handy interior purse organizers out there. I’ve listed links to some at the bottom of this page. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can make your own (see link “Clotilde” at the bottom of the page).

Arranging the contents of your purse into these handy organizers will make switching purses a S-N-A-P!

[NOTE: These work well with the larger hobo-type bags.]

Using these purse organizer tips will keep your hobo happy (and your chiropractor as well)!

Helpful Links:

Listed below are various places to find patterns or products:

Clotilde --make your own purse organizer [Note: 2 different patterns listed] PortaPockets Purse Pattern; Encore Purse Pattern

Joey Junior

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