Is your purse a bottomless pit?
Mine was for years.
Whenever I needed to find a pen, I would dig and dig and dig! After about 30 seconds of digging around in my purse, I would come up for air and say, “I know there’s a pen in here somewhere!” Then I would dig for another 30 seconds until I either found the pen or just gave up looking!
Does that scenario sound familiar to you? If it does, I have a solution for you!
Are you ready for it?
Here’s the secret: Use pouches!
Yes, it is that simple! When I became a mom and started using a diaper bag, I needed to easily transfer the contents from my diaper bag to my purse. So I gathered up all of my travel pouches and picked the ones that would work the best for holding my purse contents.
If you like everything color coordinated, you may want to look away from the picture below because my pouches are definitely NOT color coordinated! 🙂 They are a hodge-podge of pouches that came from a few different places.
I bought the multi-colored pouch on clearance at Target a couple of years ago. Here* is a similar pouch on Amazon. The tan pouch came with a lotion gift set, and the brown pouches are part of a 5 piece makeup-bag set that a friend gave me. It’s not coordinated, but it works extremely well at keeping my purse organized.
In the multi-colored pouch I keep my wallet and checkbook. In the zipper mid sections I keep lotion, hand sanitzer, chap stick, tissues, band-aids, pens, and feminine products.
In the brown pouch I keep gum, pain reliever, and a smaller pouch which holds bobby pins and nail clippers.
The tan pouch holds my son’s medications. He has a couple of food allergies so it is important that I have his medication with me at all times.
Whenever I want to go somewhere with only my purse and not the diaper bag, I transfer those 3 pouches from the diaper bag to my purse. It is super simple.
My phone and keys are the only other items that I bring, and I always put them in the outer pockets of the purse or diaper bag which are easy to get too. By putting them in the same pockets every single time, I never misplace my phone or keys.
Now, I know I said that pouches are my secret, but let me fill you in on a second secret to keeping a clutter free purse.
Any space that you want to keep organized always needs maintenance and that includes your purse.
Whenever I get home after being out, I quickly go through my diaper bag or purse and throw away receipts or put them in a folder if I need to keep them, add lose coins to the spare change jar, and put away anything else that doesn’t belong in my purse. This takes less than 60 seconds to do, but this habit keeps the clutter away and my purse is ready to go for the next day!
If you don’t already use pouches, try using them. My guess is that you will love the change and it will be easy to maintain a clutter free purse!