Updated to add: The winner is Autumn of Practical Bliss!!
Follow along with me today and then feel free to show us your own organized purse for a chance to win two great storage magazines. Details at the end of this post.
When I put out the call for volunteers to show me their purse and let me help get it organized, Cathy, one of my readers and author of the blogs Strawberries are Gluten Free and Desperately Seeking WordPress, kindly offered to let us take a peek inside her purse. I loved the comment she left me.
Help!!! Pick me! Pick me! You can take a picture of anything you want! lol (or I can). Whatever!
If you pick me or not, I’ll TRY, but I’ll probably do a better job AFTER I get to see the inspiration at the end of this month. For about 2 months I’ve been thinking of purchasing another bag. But I’m totally stuck!!
I want mature – but I want fun. I want leather, but I want color. Orange leather with buckles? ROTF
Other than the bag, i also need to be able to FIND stuff! I carry only a few touch-up things, chapsticks, but then I keep coupons, (coupon organizer too), as well as receipts, to-do lists, and phone numbers jotted down on scraps or the back of business cards. Plus I’d like to find my business cards to give away without digging through the ‘emergency pad’ in the view of everyone.
Do I sound desperate? :) I think I have a home for most everything in my junk drawer, and in our office- 2 places are still crazy – the van, and my handbag!! Ugggg. I have 3 different wallets – none of which fit all those cards, temporary discount cards – that change every season(!) – cash, change, and the essential cards – drivers license, debit, etc.
Oh dear, poor Cathy! She does sound a little frustrated. How many of you can relate? I sent her some recommendations based on the information and pictures she sent me and she took it away and came up with a pretty amazing solution. Let’s walk through what she did. Here is her purse “before”:
and the inside:
I didn’t mind the purse actually, it had a lot of pockets and plenty of potential so I didn’t recommend a new one, sorry Cathy! :)
Right away I could see that all that was lacking in Cathy’s purse was some boundaries. Everything was sort of muddled together. It’s no wonder she was having trouble finding what she needed. Containerizing your purse is similar to how we do it anywhere in our homes. It’s important to provide a separate container for the various collection of items you have in order to keep “like with like”.
There are a number of ways to do this.
Purse organizers such as these work wonders:
The Pouchee is a purse insert that keeps your purse essentials super organized and makes switching purses a piece of cake. You can read my review of it here.
These type of organizers are great for purses or bags with no inside pockets. Look at all the sorting possibilities, such fun!
Let’s go even more inexpensive now shall we. Take a trip to the dollar store and you will find all sorts of things that can be used for purse dividers. Pencil cases, makeup pouches, even ziploc bags. Any of these will do the job. Cathy took a trip to her dollar store and was able to find herself some great zippered pouches.
here it is all containerized and ready to go back in
How excited was I when Cathy told me she even had a color coded system:
– black – my sophistimacated makeup, compact, girls hair ties
– red – STOP (as in inedible): meds, hand sanitizer
– green – GO eat: snacks, breath mints
She could also use one for coupons, loyalty and business cards. However I think Cathy decided to go with a black card organizer though for those and now has them all in one location. Yay!!
Cathy also found at the Dollar Store an eye glass case to stop her glasses from getting all banged up in her purse.
To take care of never losing her keys again, I highly recommended to Cathy the carabiner method. She was able to pick up one of those at the Dollar Store too and it works like a charm!
Also on Cathy’s to do list:
– purge expired coupons – check
– get rid of old receipts – check
Finally after getting all that together Cathy realized that all she really needed her wallet for was bills, credit cards, license and various bits of important paper.
Let’s check out the after pictures. Oh and guess what, she couldn’t resist and bought herself a fabulous new purse!
and the newly organized inside:
Beautiful and aside from the cost of her new purse she only spent $8.00 for supplies at the Dollar Store. Not bad at all I must say for less stress and chaos!
So remember, sort like with like, purge excess, and then containerize to set some boundaries.
Well done Cathy, that was fun!
Now it’s YOUR turn. Show us your newly organized purse by adding your link to the Mr. Linky list below and I’ll chose one lucky participant to win both of these storage magazines….Better Homes and Gardens Summer 2009 issue and Storage 2009 issue.
Please remember to show us your before and after pictures and as well link directly to your purse post and not to your home page to make it easier for us to find the link in the future. And remember you need to link up prior to Oct 3rd at 6:00 pm PST to be eligible for the giveaway.
More details about past round-ups can be found here.