Organizing Tip: Organizing the Inside of Handbags and Purses

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Several posts ago I covered how to store handbags and purses. Now it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty. Today we are going to look at a few ways to organize the inside of handbags and purses. Ready? Let’s get started.

Choose one handbag to work on.

Working on just one bag will allow you to focus on the task at hand. Organize another bag a different day or organizing session. The handbag that currently holds your wallet, cell phone and keys is a good place to start.

Remove and sort the contents.

Empty everything out onto a table or counter or reach into your bag and pull out and sort items one by one. Divide items into three piles: keep in purse (like a wallet), store or attend to (maybe a small product you bought for the house, or a to-do such as call a number on a business card), and trash.

What’s left?

What remains from your sorting that you want to keep in the purse? Do you have a lot of items or a little? If you have a lot, whittle your pile down to the bare essentials. Remember, you don’t have to carry things with you just because they can fit inside the bag.

Organizing the inside of a bag.

Items should be compartmentalized so they can be easily accessible. Does your bag already have holders and compartments? Give items a “home” so you know where to find them regularly (one section for your wallet, one for your cell phone, etc.).

If you have a bag with no compartments, use smaller makeup sized bags to corral common items together, like electronics in one bag and makeup in another.

Have a larger sized bag with a relatively rigid structure? Cut out sturdy cardboard or foam or any other flexible material to create smaller sections that can sit deep inside the bag and act as compartments. You could also purchase purse organizers/dividers, or make a note to go shopping for a purse specifically with the compartments/divisions you want.

In a pinch you can store a smaller, lighter bag inside a larger bag for some structure or containment. Look for a bag that is of a lightweight fabric and sturdy. Put valuables like your wallet, keys and cellphone in the small bag and drop in the larger bag.

Maintain the bag.

Regular maintenance is key to keeping a bag organized. Schedule regular tidy sessions every week or so. Just five minutes will suffice for you to do a quick sort and remove any obvious trash, or attend to any to-do items. If you maintain the contents of your bag regularly, the easier it will be to find items when you need them.

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