National Clean Out Your Purse Day

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! 

Who is Kathy Lipp, you ask? Well she is a wonderful author who has written a number of books, one of which I’m reviewing…The Get Yourself Organized Project.

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.

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



•Sunscreen stick

•Blush and brush

•Eyeglass cleaner wipes

•Hand sanitizer

Pouch 2: Emergency kit

•Fashion tape


•Needle and thread

•Nail glue


•Couple of adhesive bandages

Pouch 3: Change

Other Things to Keep in Your Bag

•Sunglasses case

•Cell phone


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.


One response to “National Clean Out Your Purse Day

  1. LOVE THIS> You did a great job and lightened your load!!! I love everything you were able to get rid of!!!

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