Organizing Tip: Make a Purse/Bag Check-Off List

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Today’s post seeks to answer that age-old question, “What items do I need when I switch bags?”  

Sometimes you may not mind carrying around miscellaneous items with you in your purse or bag on your daily errands, and other times, well, that’s another story. Sometimes you just want the bare basics. What are your purse or bag essentials? What could you absolutely not be without?

If you frequently switch purses or bags, take some time to identify what you absolutely *must* have with you in any given situation. Of course this exercise can apply to backpacks, workout bags, laptop cases, briefcases and any other similar item in which you regularly carry and switch items. This exercise can also be a great last-minute “Do I have everything that I need?” check as you leave home.

Here’s a few steps to help you set up your own purse/bag check-off list:

Make a list of things you’ll need.

Imagine yourself going through a typical day and note all of your destinations, the people with whom you will interact and any items that you may use on a regular basis. For example, thinking about leaving home and going to work might make you think of the set of keys you’ll need to lock up the house, the set of keys you’ll need to drive the car, as well as your ID card or keys to enter your work building. Below are some items to get you started:

  • House keys
  • Car keys
  • Work/School keys
  • ID card for work
  • Wallet (Driver’s License or State ID, credit card(s), ATM card(s), insurance card(s), membership card(s), commuter passes, cash/coinage, etc.)
  • Cell Phone
  • Medication
  • Small Toiletries
  • Makeup
  • Glasses/Sunglasses

Take a break and then double-check your list at a later time.

Sometimes we forget to include items on the first draft. Check your list in a few days or so to confirm if there’s anything else that you must have with you at any time.

Finalize and post your list.

Post your list near where you frequently switch bags. This could be a dresser or vanity, closet shelf, dining room table, etc. If you are using your list as a “Don’t Forget” reminder, post it at eye level on a mirror, a bulletin board, above a light switch or behind a door that you must open as you leave a room or location.

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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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