Ever found yourself desperately digging through your handbag, trying to reach your wallet, car keys, or that special balm that makes your lips soft and plump? We all know that our handbags need to be light and portable (in fact, according to the American Chiropractic Association, your bag should not weigh more than 3 pounds!), and yet, most women complain of the chaos that rules their purses. Fear not, because we have prepared an extensive list of tips that will help you finally beat the chaos and learn how to keep your handbag organized at all times:
Buy some bags
It’s true that most handbags come with pockets and it’s also true that most of these pockets are so packed with make-up essentials that’s impossible to get the one product you need, when you need it. Invest in some small zipper pouches to keep the small things you need - like deodorant, lipstick or your nail file.
To make sure your purse is neatly organized, you need to do a weekly cleaning. No matter how you try to keep your belongings organized throughout the day, chances are that chaos would have taken over your handbag by the end of the week. Set some time apart to de-clutter your handbag - it could be during the evenings, while you’re cooking dinner, or unwinding with a movie in front of the TV.
Deal with the receipts and coupons
Receipts are the main enemy of the organized handbag. To beat them, use a container - a pouch or even the pocket of your bag - and make sure you put every receipt you’re given, there. Tend to them on the day of your weekly maintenance to ensure all receipts are out of the handbag and in your receipt file.
Take only what you need
As already mentioned, it’s important that your handbag does not weigh more than 3 pounds. In fact, it’s best if you alternate the weight of your purse between your two shoulders throughout the day. To ensure that your handbag isn’t causing you health problems, however, try to limit the things you take. Do you really need 5 shades of lipstick and a body lotion with you every time you go out? Sit down and make a list of the things you really use during the day, and take only those. If you still find that your bag is heavier than it’s good for you, consider investing in travel size cosmetics and beauty products - their small sizes won’t overwhelm your bag and are easy to store.
Group things together
The best way to ensure you can always find what you need is to organize your handbag by gathering up items together. All of your makeup and accessories can go into a compartment, while your business cards can be stored in another pocket. Any food, snacks or gum should also be packed in a separate bag, so you won’t have to deal with bits of granola or food all over your keys and wallet.
Be smart about your headphones and chargers
Finding your headphones in a cluttered handbag can be a nightmare. Keep them, and your phone charger in a sunglasses case - this will help keep your purse organized, and will also make finding things incredibly easy.
Think about the things you use on an everyday basis: your smartphone, your wallet, keys and sunglasses need to be in plain sight. When you’re done with organizing your handbag, just put them in - when everything else is separated and neatly organized, finding your daily essentials will be easier than ever.