Today’s simplifying mission isn’t difficult. You’re not going through your wardrobe or braving the the dark recesses under the bathroom counter. You’re just making your life a bit more organised, a bit calmer, by simplifying the contents your purse.
Why do our purses need simplifying?
Because even as small as they are, purses can collect clutter just like any other area of our lives. And of course, some purses aren’t small in the least(: Which means they collect even more clutter.
A cluttered purse isn’t stylish, and it weighs you down. Ask your chiropractor if lugging around a heavy purse is a good idea! Betcha he’ll say “no!”
Before you sort the contents of your purse, decide if you have too many purses to begin with. Keep the ones that are the most versatile for what’s in your wardrobe, and consider getting rid of the more “seasonal” handbags, unless there’s one that you truly love.
Now, empty the contents of your purse(s).
Sort to one side the items that you need to bring with you every time you leave the house. For me, that usually means these items:
- card carrier
- lip color/balm
A couple of those items happen to be multi-functional, which is handy. My iPhone is also my camera, and my lip balm serves as my lipstick. Oh, and I usually carry some tissues.
It’s hard to be disorganised when there isn’t much to keep in order in the first place! Your purse will be organised if the contents are minimal.
If you only own one purse that you take everywhere, then put those essential items back inside. Put everything else back in its proper place around the house.
If you own–and frequently use–more than one purse, put every item in its place around the house and keep your purses empty when they’re not in use.
The latter course of action is the one I take. Before I leave the house, I pull out the purse that matches my outfit and “pack” it with only the essentials that I’ll need for that particular excursion.
Does that sound like a hassle? It’s not, in fact.
But do you know what is a hassle? Digging through overstuffed handbags trying to remember which one I left my keys in!
I’ve found that it’s simpler to grab what I need on the way out the door with my habitual mental checklist: keys, wallet, phone.
Granted, an all-day excursion calls for more items in your bag. But they should still be “essentials”–things you know you’ll use. When I pack a shoulder bag or tote for a day out I might add a water bottle, a book, or a few homemade granola bars.
When I return home, it just takes a few seconds to unpack my purse and stash it with my other purses. If you only own one purse and opt to keep your essentials inside, be sure to unpack any “extras” that have found their way in–receipts, candy wrappers, random pretty stones (yes, I do pick those up!).
Here are the basics to keep in mind as you simplify your purse:
- A simple purse is organized.
- A simple purse carries the necessities.
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