I reached a milestone recently. Now that my baby is two years old (insert sniffles), I was able to put away the diaper bag. Of course, this was a little bitter sweet, but I got over that quickly when I realized I didn’t have to pack my entire life into a duffel bag every time I left the house.

Now I have a real purse, like a real woman! It was like a whole new world was opened up to me. With my new big girl purse, I really want to keep it clear of sippy milk and cracker crumbs. But of course, I still have my two-year-old with me most of the time. Here’s a few tips on how to organize your handbag in 10 minutes and keep it clean so you always have what you need and nothing you don’t.

    Clean everything out of your purse at the beginning of the week. I try to do this everyday, but that doesn’t always happen, so I find time during the weekend to clean out my purse so it’s always fresh and clean at the start of the week.

    Use zipper pouches to keep everything organized. I have one zipper pouch for my son which has a diaper, snack, small book, band-aids, and wipes. I have another pouch for me that has my lip gloss, coupons, pen, nail clippers, gum, lotion, etc. I like this method because it keeps things contained. You can also use a purse organizer if you don’t want to use zipper pouches.purse-1

    Put all the essentials in your wallet. Your wallet should carry everything that is crucial like ID, credit cards, cash, insurance cards, etc. 1. Separate your non-essential belongings by category. If it is non essential, like makeup and hair ties, take it out of your wallet.

    Don’t pack up things you use all the time. There’s no point in putting your cell phone in a pouch if you’re pulling it out every 30 seconds. If everything else is separated, these will always be in plain sight.purse-2

    Keep cords contained. Most of us have headphones, a charge cord, and sometimes more random cords in our purse. Keep them contained in a pouch or a sunglasses case.

    Go digital. There’s no reason to carry around a notebook, a shopping list, and your reading book in your purse. There’s an app for that. No seriously, use the technology to have to free up the space you don’t. I hope this helps you organize your handbag!  

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