If your purse has become a dumping ground for every small item you encounter, it’s time to banish the stale peppermints, four shades of lipstick and old receipts. Purging and reorganizing will help you find your keys, a pen or the bridge toll in record time. Follow the tips below and carry your clutch with confidence.
To Actually See the Bottom of Your Purse:
1. Dump out contents onto a working surface and toss the trash. Pare down to the essentials. For example, carry one all-purpose lipstick versus several.
2. Pull out notes, reminders and receipts, and transfer critical information to your to-do list, calendar or tickler system.
3. Assess the bag’s ability to hold what is left. Is it the right size? Could you go smaller or larger? If so, it’s time to raid your closet or go shopping for a new purse.
4. Make the most of zipper pockets and open slots by assigning a specific item to each location. For example, use one pocket for your phone and another for sunglasses. Get in the habit of always returning items to their special spot.
5. Purge your purse weekly to keep it functioning at its best.
Buy a bag with a light-colored lining. It will make the contents much easier to see.
Photocopy all your cards and keep the copies in a safe location for quick retrieval in case your purse or wallet is lost or stolen.
Never carry your Social Security card in your wallet. You will need to produce the actual card only when securing employment.