I am a bag lady if there ever was a bag lady. And not in the cute, boho, Olsen twin way. In the I’m close to needing a shopping cart to push around all my junk way. I can keep a fairly minimal house and desk at work but I rarely go out with a bag smaller than a three-year-old child.
But for the last few weeks I’ve kept an organized and minimal (to me) bag, Here’s how I’ve been doing it.
- Inventory and Prune
Dump everything out. It’s going to look scary at first. It’s ok. Prune out extras. You don’t need 15 pens and 5 tubes of lipgloss. Ditch the extra weight.
- Bags within bags
Putting smaller bags within my large bag has been the key to my organization. No longer do I have loose pills and pieces of candy floating around in my bag. Oh no! Now I have a place for those things within the bag. Group like items together and keep them in a smaller bag. May I suggest making a bag? My OUCH! clutch is a lifesaver and cute– if I do say so myself.
- Clean out the clutter weekly
Another excellent trick is to clean out that clutter weekly. Don’t let that random paint sample from 3 weeks ago take up space in your life. I’ve started to clean out my purse during the last 15 minutes of work on a Friday. It helps me clear my head and prepare for the upcoming week.
- Don’t be afraid to carry things you might not need today
If I wasn’t carrying such a big bag, I’d invariably forget something or the law of physics would happen and I’d loose a contact lens or get a massive headache. Don’t be afraid to carry a few extra things, but be aware when things might be getting out of hand. Band-aids and Neosporin are ok, but you probably won’t need an entire first aid kit. By carrying just a few extra things in my bag, I’ve saved money and my sanity.
- Consider other convenient places to stash stuff
Not everything is going to fit in your purse or will be convenient to carry around. I stash my tweezers in my car. I always manage to find a stray eyebrow hair when I’m waiting at a red light. My car tweezers have saved me from being a unibrowed bag lady more than once.
- There’s an app for that
If your wallet is stuffed full of reward cards, consider going wireless. Many major retail stores have an app with your rewards cards built in!
What kind of organization tips do you have for your bag?
Let me know in the comments!