Organizing Tip: How to Pick a Purse or Bag…for Your Organizational Needs

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There’s so many styles and choices out there for purses, handbags, backpacks and briefcases…but how do you select the best purse or bag for your organizational needs?

First things first, a great way to identify the type of bag that will work for you is to determine how you already  go about organizing your belongings.

Take some time to think about how you store items in the bags that you already own.

Once you identify how you operate, it’ll be a cinch to find a bag that works for you and your organizational style.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a bag’s built-in structure to help you become more organized, keep the above in mind as well, as it will be easier to work with your own style.

Sample questions to ask yourself:

  • How do you store items…do you keep items together or separate? How? By size, shape or function?
  • Do you like large or small compartments?
  • How about many or few compartments for different personal items?
  • Do you like generic storage areas or pre-formed storage features such as an interior key fob, wallet pouch, pen holder, phone holder etc.
  • Do you like zippers, buckles, enclosures or hidden pockets?

Of course, don’t forget to identify what you will use the bag for: work, school, an elegant event, the great outdoors?

Here’s some pointers to keep in mind when shopping at the store or online for a purse or bag:

  • Take a look both inside and outside the bag. What features interest you? Can you picture yourself using it?
  • What items do you regularly use in your day-to-day affairs? Visualize where you might put your personal belongings in the bag if you bought it. For example, where might you store your wallet? How about your house keys or cell phone? Toiletries?
  • Pay attention to bag structures and your needs; some bags are structured and inflexible by nature, while others are less structured and can accommodate different sized objects easily.
  • Can you reach your hand inside the bag’s interior and make use of the different storage areas? A bag with seemingly wonderful segmented or sectioned areas might not be a keeper if you can’t actually fit anything inside (let alone getting your hand inside!).
  • A purse or bag with lots of “cool compartments” on first glance won’t be too helpful if you don’t end up using said compartments. Be honest with yourself and how you function.
  • Don’t forget that when you start adding items inside a bag, it might become more difficult to store other items in different compartments depending on the cut of the bag.

Bonus Tip: If you absolutely love a bag but it is lacking the exact organizational features that you’d like, you can do a little research and purchase purse organizers to make your life a little easier.

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.
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