This is a post for the ladies. Maybe a few of you out there can identify with this… I have, on more occasions than I care to admit, been told that I have a Mary Poppins purse. Does my purse look like that magical carpet bag that the beloved Disney character sported? Nope. My purse is like hers because I seem to have EVERYTHING in there. My coworkers would always come and ask if I had what they needed in my Mary Poppins purse. Nine times out of ten I would have exactly what they needed. Evidently being prepared for anything is my super power and my purse is my trusty sidekick. BUT, with great power comes great responsibility! You may ask, “Kellie, what is this great responsibility?”. Well, the responsibility is to keep this magic purse of mine organized so that not only do I have what I need for any situation, but I can find the items I might need quickly.
The challenge. A purse can be like a black hole and I’m just not magical enough to reach in and grab exactly what I need nor is my purse quite large enough to disappear in up to my waist to find what I need. Although, I must say that would be an awesome trick! Anyways, I digress… I have tried different things over the years to keep things organized and easy to find. Lately, the thing that is working for me is pouches. Yes, I said pouches… The kind of pouches that you normally use for your makeup. I am using several in my purse to corral all those necessities and I must say it works marvelously for me. All it takes is 3 steps!
First- You will need to unload your purse contents. It will look like a jumbled mess. Here’s a picture of my mess to make you feel better about yours!
You will need to decide what you need and what you don’t need. And gather all of the pouches you think you might need. Here’s a pic of my lovelies.
Second- Divide the contents into groups that make sense for you. I divided mine into makeup, medicine, emergency, hair stuff, oral care, moisturizing. I also set aside a pouch for my pens, idea notebook and tape measure. You will also need to set aside what I like to call “free floaters”. For me, this included, my wallet, coin purse, brush, comb and first aid kit.
Third- Get everything into a pouch home that makes sense to you. I recommend getting pouches with different designs so that you can associate that design with what’s in it.
Now you can put all of your lovely pouches and place them in your purse. Here’s a pic of my purse, happily filled with all of my pouches.
This may not work for everyone but it works for me. I love not having to dig into my purse to find what I’m looking for. It’s not exactly magic, but I find things so much faster this way!
This is my method… How do you keep your purse organized?
Check back tomorrow for my Monday post!