At any given time, the contents of your purse can mean the difference between sinking and swimming. It's not enough to carry your phone, but the ability to find the phone when you need it. It's not just a hold-all for papers and receipts, but having the receipt on hand when you need to pick up the dry-cleaning or return an item at the store. Often my purse feels more like a dumping ground than a well-ordered carryall. If you feel the same, then keep reading!
In honor of my plans to get my purse under control, I treated myself to a new bag and a new wallet. I would really love to have a beautiful designer bag, but I tend to beat the hell out of my purse so my day-to-day bag is usually not too spendy. Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Target all have cute options.
I put all my personal items - lip balm, tampons, etc. into a separate pouch that not only keeps everything in one place, but is easy to switch to a different bag if needed. Instead of digging around to find all the various things I want to take, I just grab the one little bag.
My plan for staying organized is pretty simple. Instead of letting things gradually get out of control until my purse is so full of junk that I can't find anything, it needs to be maintained regularly. At the end of each day, pull out whatever excess is floating around and either toss it or file it appropriately. It wouldn't be such a production if it was emptied on a normal basis. With a little regular maintenance, the dumping ground can be avoided.
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