Do you know what tomorrow is?
Yep! It’s National Clean Out Your Purse Day!
I already did a clean out of my this past weekend…and it’s a good thing because the weight from it was giving me a neck ache. Want to see the unnecessary mess that was in there?
Let’s see. That’s my wallet plus two….yes two…empty change purses. See all the change in the picture? It was at the bottom of my purse…not actually in the change purses. I counted almost ten dollars. Can you say heavy? I also found two inhalers, two things of lotion, tons of paper trash/receipts, a rebate form that I almost forgot to use, several hair clippies, torn movie tickets, two chapsticks and a lip gloss.
Want to see my purse now?
It’s very empty now. I think I need a smaller purse…..
By the way….if you come back tomorrow….I just might be having a great giveaway….and you could have a chance to win big on Kathi Lipp’s site!
She also has some fantastic ideas on how to clean out your purse…..
How to Clean Out Your Purse by Kathi Lipp:
How to Clean Your Purse Instructions
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.
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.
If it belongs in your purse, go ahead and put it back into your purse.
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
•Blush and brush
•Eyeglass cleaner wipes
Pouch 2: Emergency kit
•Needle and thread
•Couple of adhesive bandages
Pouch 3: Change
Other Things to Keep in Your Bag
Keep It Up
If I sort through the items in my purse once a week, it really is easy to stay on top of it. It takes only a couple of minutes to keep it up.