Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How To Organize Your Purse & A Giveaway

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I would like to consider myself an organized person.  I try hard to be organized. Really I do.  For the most part my house is always organized.  However, my purse often looks like Mary Poppin's bag, as a matter that is just what my kids call it.  At any given moment you can find anything in my purse.  Wallet, five or six lip glosses, keys, several pairs of sunglasses, food, toys, trash, junk mail, anything really.  Author, Kathi Lipp, has some great tips to helping us get our purses organized.

My purse BEFORE
You can't see inside my wallet and makeup
bag but they were horribly full and unorganized!  

Here are Kathi's tips to organizing your purse:

Here’s my super-speedy way of cleaning out my bag. I simply take my purse and dump it out into a plastic grocery bag. I sort the dump into Put Away, Put Back, and (in this case) Throw Away.
Kathi's new book!
Put Away
Anything I want to keep that doesn’t belong in my purse gets put away. This is also when I go through receipts I’ve carefully placed in my wallet (or, more likely, the ones I’ve quickly thrown into my purse…) and random notes or other pieces of paper. If you’re away from home while you’re sorting, just put these items into another bag to put away when you get home. And when you get home, put them away in the right spot.
Put Back
If it belongs in your purse, go ahead and put it back into your purse.
Throw Away
Anything that’s left over in your plastic grocery bag (food wrappers, cash receipts you don’t care about, and so on,) is now garbage that gets recycled or thrown away.
The beauty of the grocery-bag organizing system is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. Just grab a grocery bag and start sorting while you’re waiting for your kids to get out of band practice or while you’re on the phone with your mom.
Clean it Up
Give your purse a good shake and get out any stray bits, crumbs etc. I’ve even used a hand held vacuum to really get the bag clean.
Label It and Put It Away
Assign a spot for everything that belongs in your purse, bag, or backpack. I use three zippered pouches. Everything goes into one of those three pouches or into your wallet (or in rare cases, onto your key chain). The fewer items you place in your purse, the easier it is to know what’s in there.
Wallet. I recommend you keep in your wallet only cash, receipts, checkbook, and credit, debit, and gift cards.
Pouch 1: Makeup bag
  • Lipstick and gloss
  • Eyeliner
  • Powder
  • Sunscreen stick
  • Blush and brush
  • Eyeglass cleaner wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
Pouch 2: Emergency kit
  • Fashion tape
  • $20
  • Needle and thread
  • Nail glue
  • Advil
  • Couple of adhesive bandages
Pouch 3: Change
Other Things to Keep in Your Bag
  • Sunglasses case
  • Cell phone
  • Keys
Keep It Up
My purse AFTER.
The ironic thing is this is one of those
organizational purses with the slots to stay organized. ;)

Kathi's new book, The Get Yourself Organized Project, is helpful in more than just purses.  Kathi not only gives tips to getting organized but she gives long term solutions for keeping your home and life organized.  And guess what?  We have a book just for you!  Simply do each of the tasks below to be entered to win this fabulous book.  Kathi is so much fun and her writing style will have you laughing the entire time!

Also, head over to Kathi's website where she is giving away some beautiful bags as well as all of her incredible books!  Click here.

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Sweet Blessings~


  1. I consider myself fairly organized. Everything has a place & mostly everything is in it's place! ;-)

  2. I am obsessed with organization, but infrequently find the time to actually do it... so both? lol

  3. I am fairly organized. I get spurts of being super organized but I am prone to let life with a toddler get the best of my organizing skills.

  4. Good ideas! I really need to clean out my purse today!! :-)

  5. Some days I can pull it all together, most days I just feel like a want to be! :o) Blessings!

  6. hopelessly clueless...I keep trying...


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