So far, most of the Just Jill Organizing Challenge has stayed inside the home. But today, I put together a few tips to help you organize your purse.
A purse can be both a lifesaver and a cause of frustration.
On one hand, it allows you to keep all your essentials in one place — ready to take on-the-go whenever you head out of the house. On the other hand, it can become so cluttered and disorganized, that it makes you want to ditch it rather than dig around to find what you need!
But when it comes down to it, most of us like to have some sort of bag at our side which is why these products and hacks will come in handy.
How To Clean Your Purse
You can try to organize everything in your purse, but if you haven’t de-cluttered, you’ll end up with more of a mess in the end. Check out these steps for cleaning your bag.
The “purse purge.” It isn’t fun, but it’s necessary. Before you focus on any organizing tasks, remove everything from your bag and start fresh. Get rid of all those extra receipts you don’t need and toss those old pieces of gum that made their way to the bottom of your purse.
Take inventory of what you actually need. I mean ACTUALLY need.
Sure, there are probably things in your bag that could be useful, but if it doesn’t cost much to replace, it might be a good idea to start fresh. Some things to toss include semi-full packages of gum, old lip balm or half-used hand lotion.
Take a good look at the bottom of your bag. If you have any pesky stains, you can spot treat them with a trusty stain remover.
I recommend using Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover because it’s designed to get rid of everything from ink to lip gloss stains. I don’t own it, but one of my friends swears by it!
Oh, and I advise keeping these wipes on hand for those times when your have unwanted spills in your purse. They come in little individually-wrapped wrappers which are easy to throw in a purse pocket!
How To Organize Your Purse
Now that you bag is empty and clean, it’s time to organize your purse! I found some interesting products to help make the task a bit easier.
This accordion organizer is a great way to keep all of your coupons and receipts in one place. It includes 13 pockets which allow you to designate each one to a different store.
I also like that the tabs are different colors so you can quickly find what you need.
Have kids? If so, I’m sure your purse looks more like their purse instead. To avoid the mix-up between your things and theirs, dedicate a small bag for kid things (like toys, sunscreen and medication), so that you don’t have dig around when you hear “mom!”.
I swear by these Finders because they help me keep my keys in one place. And I actually helped introduce them to QVC!
Just attach your keys to the claw clasp on one end, and slip the curved end over the edge of your bag. The keys should sit on the inside of your purse so that they aren’t exposed, and the finder works best on tote bags.
Sometimes, my bag looks more like my makeup drawer than my purse. Even though I get ready in my bathroom, I like to do little “touch-ups” throughout the day — meaning I have lipstick, powder and tweezers on hand.
The simplest way to keep makeup organized is with small cosmetics bag. I like this 3-piece set from Lauren Conrad because I can interchange the bags depending on what size purse I’m carrying.
Extra cords or headphones? Let’s be honest, no one likes to fumble through that tangled mess. But with this nifty holder, you won’t have to!
I found it on Etsy and it comes in lots of colors. You can also personalize it with a custom monogram.
Do you catch yourself digging around for your lip balm for a solid five minutes? I’m guilty! But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Find anyone who owns this purse organizer and they’ll back it with rave reviews. The insert is made for multiple types of bags, but I find that it works best with large totes. I love that it has a space for everything from your phone to extra cash. Plus, it’s made with a material that’s super flexible which helps it fit securely to the edge of your bag.
How great does it feel to get that out of the way? Now, the only struggle is to keep it clean!
From my home to yours,