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I’m tackling my Organization Goals 2012 list! I’m starting with this item:
CLEAN OUT MY PURSE MORE OFTEN
Let’s get started! This is my fantastic Kelly Moore purse/camera bag that I’ve been using over 6 months (that’s a long time for me!). What I like about this purse is that it has PLENTY of pockets. I always like that in a purse; it draws me in! The problem is…there might be TOO many pockets! Crazy, right?Because I never set guidelines for myself of what goes into each pocket, I lose things CONSTANTLY. Quick! Ask me where my cellphone is! I couldn’t tell you. Oh wait…it’s prolly at the bottom of my bag because I’m too lazy to put it in the same compartment EVERY TIME.
Not only am I going to clean out my purse today, I’m going to give myself some rules for organizing!
I started by dumping out the contents of my purse on my coffee table and SORTING.
This is basically what I’ve been carrying around with me. Looks like a junk pile, huh?
We start with the paper…I kinda let it get out of hand lately. It’s because I’m in too much of a hurry when I’m leaving stores.
I just JAM the receipt in my bag instead of thoughtfully taking care of it.
In the process I figured out that I only need one receipt. Look at all that paper going to recycling!
Then I took care of the rogue change & that little stack of moola in my purse.
Fact: Wallet organizing is one of my favorite things to do.
In the process I uncovered a pocket full of jewelry! Leftovers from traveling a few weeks ago, buh-bye!
Hmmm. These two things sure don’t belong…
Ahhh makeup! In reality, I should only carry like one lip gloss but I CAN’T HELP but carry like 5.
I’m a girl!
I decided what my essentials are for my makeup bag and I’m sticking to it:
Perfume, lotion, lip stuff, hair clips, toothpicks, tweezers & a nail file. Must add my compact w/mirror in there!
Out of the makeup-y stuff I got rid of this. Oh and teabags! Why do I have those in there?
After all my sorting, I put together a visual list of all my essentials!
I also decided to put it in writing. GAME PLAN:
Then I gave myself a foundation for pocket usage:
Oh! One more thing. This is my pro tip! I always buy purses that have rings on the straps so I can attach my keys with a Carabiner Hook.
It means I never have to worry about losing my keys somewhere in my bag.
The trick is that you have to HOOK it onto your purse! Sometimes I forget to do that. I don’t like it when that happens.
So that’s it. I cleaned out my purse.
I hope to spend about 15 minutes a week (prolly during Sunday night TV time) cleaning out my bag.
I WILL NOT BE LAZY. I WILL KEEP THIS UP.
Wish me luck!