This year I am doing a weekly series every Monday on organizing. There is a great book that I found on Amazon, organize now, by Jennifer Ford Berry. The thing I really love about this book is that it is broken up in to weeks. There is a project for every week of the year, plus a few more. I am doing all of the weekly challenges this year, but I am changing the order up a bit.
Any printables from the Organize Now series are available here…
I am so crazy that I have all of my bag contents in printable form! I have them laminated so that I can take them along with me when I travel, and can also use them to check inventories and see what I need to replace.
I am now skipping back to the section in the book entitled “Organize Your Things.”
For Week Nine I am going to organize my purse.
From the book, you should:
Empty your purse and wallet of all contents.
Sort through all of your receipts and get rid of the ones you no longer need.
Place remaining receipts in an envelope.
Collect all loose change in a change purse.
Sort through debit and credit cards.
Make a list of cards to store in a safe place in case your purse is stolen.
Consider whether or not you need a new purse or wallet.
Organize your purse into zones.
Here is how I do it.
Sometimes when I do a post like this I know that people are going to think that I have absolutely lost my mind. I used to work in the emergency room, and would work 12-hour shifts, and you just never knew what you might need. I used to take a huge tote with me, and all of my co-workers laughed at me, but they also knew who would have a safety pin or nail file on them if they needed one!
I don’t work anymore, but I do go to baseball tournaments and orchestra rehearsals, and football practice…and sometimes am still appreciative of my overstocked purse and tote bag…and baseball bag, and gym bag, and cooler, and carry-on bag, and camera bag…
I am going to be posting all of my bags and their contents. First I will start off with my purse.
I am not one that likes to change purses. When I was 18 my mother gave me my first Louis Vuitton, and that is all that I ever carry. I even used one for my diaper bag when my boys were small. They may be expensive, but they last for years with every day use, and I figure that I would spend the same amount if I was buying multiple purses, just in smaller doses!
My purse is a Louis Vuitton Croissant GM, with a raspberry colored lining. This purse has been discontinued, and I can’t remember when I bought it, but it is probably getting close to 10 years old.
Here is what I have in it:
- Louis Vuitton medium agenda
- Louis Vuitton checkbook
- Louis Vuitton wallet
- Louis Vuitton eyeglass cases (1 for reading glasses, 1 for prescription glasses)
- Makeup bag
- Hair/miscellaneous bag
- Hobonichi planner
- Moleskine Classic memo pockets , for coupons and receipts
- iPhone 5c
- Store cards, on a ring
- Ray Bans classic aviators
- Gum, emergency dark chocolate
I keep cards, store and business, in my agenda. I was using it for my planner until I discovered the Hobonichi!
Now, what is in my pouches?
In my “Inner Beauty is For Amateurs” bag…
- Pop up hair brush
- Hair clip
- Ziploc bags with bobby pins and hair elastics
- Hand cream
- Eye drops
- Nail files (my new one from my February Julep Maven box!)
In my “All This and Brains, Too” bag…
24. Bare Minerals Ready Foundation in Fairly Light
25. Bare Minerals Baby Buki brush
26. Bobbi Brown blush in Soft Pink
27. Smashbox eye shadow trio in Panorama
28. Julep lip gloss in Charming ( from my February Julep Maven box!)
29. Bare Minerals lipstick in Ripe Fig (my all time favorite, now discontinued)
30. Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Rose
31. Chanel pencil sharpener
32. Bare Minerals brushes
33. Erno Laszlo lip liner in Mauve (discontinued)
34. Benefit eyeliner duo pencil in Call Me Nutty, discontinued
35. Revlon Brow Fantasy in dark blonde (I have a huge scar in my right eyebrow that I have to fill in from my first job at Myrtle Beach Grand Prix when I was 15)
36. Maybelline The Falsies mascara (almost as good as L’oreal mascara)
Wow! That’s a lot of junk! Wait until you see how much I cram in my every day tote bag!