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I resolved to keep my handbag/purse organized...

curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
....but the fact that I needed all of these smaller bags to organize crap in my handbag is a little embarrasing. I got a new handbag, my first 100% new handbag in a really, really, really long time. And I want to keep it clean and neat.

I know I'm a packrat, I will post a photo if I can.

How do you keep your bag organized?

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    So glad you posted this. I so need to do it too! I have no excuse for having my handbag be a mess.

    One idea is that at certain times throughout the day (like when I'm about to go to lunch or ready to go home) I will take a minute to determinedly straighten my handbag out. Also, I'm going to keep my keys in one place and my transit card in another - the same place every day, since I'm forever losing both of those in the flotsam and jetsam of my purse and having a heart attack because I think I've lost them.

    I think that's how I'm going to start, and will be very interested to see other responses to this thread.
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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    I'm glad you replied! I'm so embarrassed by all the crap I feel like I must carry around, I almost came back and New Mexico'd this thread.

    Anyway, this is my answer to a junky purse (without getting rid of anything....yes, I know I will have to get rid of some of this mess):

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    I watched some YouTube videos that gave me the smaller-bags-within-your-handbag idea. The ziploc bags contain pens and change (but I think I can stick the pens in the makeup bag; need a coin purse for the change). Those purple things are a poly envelope and a pencil case (they hold "important" papers....receipts from recent purchases, metro/train schedule/map, checkbook). Green is my wallet (primarily every card known to man). Pink is extra car keys and some personal items. The clear and the small polka dot is personal items. The large gold one is makeup, lotion, and wipes (for both your body and face). Took the photo with my phone.


    .....help me.....LOL

    "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    I made the decision to move two the small clear and small polka dot bags of personal items (dental floss, hair ties, small hairbrush, Tylenol, etc.) to my gym bag. Whew, that feels a bit better. :D

    "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Lol I'm still clueless as to why most women must carry around so much stuff so no help. I keep extra stuff I might need at work or laptop bag(lotion, ibuprofen, pads, etc.). I organize my purse when I'm bored at work. It's basically just throwing away receipts and putting my cards and bills together in my wallet. I have that, loose change, phone, keys, and a lipgloss and lipstick in there.ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1388867443.680342.jpg

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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    I'm assuming this is the only bag you carry around all day? Or is it that and the gym bag? I would put most of that stuff in a book bag that might include gym clothes or in your gym bag like you've already done. I have a book bag that has compartments where I keep my stuff. Small bags is a good idea too.
  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    Right, it's the only bag I carry around. I thought I was doing really well because I totally stopped carrying my messenger bag and a handbag. Then I emptied out my bag a couple of days ago. All for that thought.

    Yeah, my gym bag stays in my car so it's there when I need it. Some thing kind of clicked in my brain when I realized I had three bags of personal items!

    "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users
    My purse was like one big cavern with one tiny pocket until I bought an organizer by this vendor. Making organization a priority by DivideAndConquer on Etsy It matches the lining of my purse perfectly so you really cannot tell it is there. There are cheaper versions but I tried one and really find this one to be worth the extra money.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I change bags almost every day (I have about 10-12 in the main rotation plus others I carry on occasion) so in the process of switching my wallet, make up bag and other essentials from one bag to another every morning, a lot of junk gets tossed.

    If I carried the same bag day in and day out, it would be disgusting.

    The biggest problem for me is carrying food items (cans of soda w/ condensation, a piece of fruit whose skin get punctured, a packet of Splenda that tears and spills, gum that gets loose and eposits that powdery stuff everywhere). It think that mixes up w/ the ink on envelopes and receipts and the linings of my bags are never really clean.

  • mustangbunnymustangbunny Posts: 1,033Registered Users
    I need to make this resolution, too. My bag is so heavy with things I don't need that my shoulder actually hurts after carrying purse for awhile. And the bottom of my purse is filthy. I don't even know where the crumbs come from because I don' really carry food around . . . it's just a big mystery bag. Like Mary Poppins' carpet bag.


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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Josephine wrote: »
    Lol I'm still clueless as to why most women must carry around so much stuff so no help. I keep extra stuff I might need at work or laptop bag(lotion, ibuprofen, pads, etc.). I organize my purse when I'm bored at work. It's basically just throwing away receipts and putting my cards and bills together in my wallet. I have that, loose change, phone, keys, and a lipgloss and lipstick in there.ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1388867443.680342.jpg

    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1388867472.783753.jpgImageUploadedByCurlTalk1388867483.549999.jpg


    You carry a clutch to work? LOL

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    arca - what kinda bag?!
    what kinda junk do you accumulate?

  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Lol yea, technically its a wristlet as ive been told. Why, is that weird? I dont have a need for a bigger bag, it would be empty.

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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,238Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I make sure I buy just the right size purse, nothing too big or too heavy and nothing too small. 12-14 wide x 10-12 high x 3-4 deep is about perfect for me.
    I never just throw things in willy nilly.
    My purse holds my phone, keys, checkbook, pocket calendar, eyeglasses case, sunglasses case, a wallet/change purse that holds money/ID/credit cards, and a makeup bag that holds all my misc stuff (pills, blush, mascara, lipstick, tampons, sewing kit, tweezers, tea, splenda, pen, floss pics).
    I like to change purses every couple weeks and it only takes a few seconds to switch over.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Josephine wrote: »
    Lol yea, technically its a wristlet as ive been told. Why, is that weird? I dont have a need for a bigger bag, it would be empty.

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    I just see you shaking out the ponytail and heading for the club after work...w/ your little red "wristlet" LOL

  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    Lol I'm still clueless as to why most women must carry around so much stuff so no help. I keep extra stuff I might need at work or laptop bag(lotion, ibuprofen, pads, etc.). I organize my purse when I'm bored at work. It's basically just throwing away receipts and putting my cards and bills together in my wallet. I have that, loose change, phone, keys, and a lipgloss and lipstick in there.ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1388867443.680342.jpg

    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1388867472.783753.jpgImageUploadedByCurlTalk1388867483.549999.jpg


    You carry a clutch to work? LOL

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    arca - what kinda bag?!
    what kinda junk do you accumulate?

    Actually Spidey I have you to thank because of your handbag thread. I got the last bag I posted in that thread. It was a great sale price, I couldn't resist. Plus I had another promo code I needed to use on top of that....just good timing for me! :afro:


    I end up having a bunch of crap in my bag. Like receipts, mail. Jolly Ranchers. Loose change. Sometimes I slice up an ounce of cheese for a snack for the day and find it (always still bagged) a day or two later. And toiletries that should really be in my gym bag.

    "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

    4a, mbl, low porosity, normal thickness, fine hair.
  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    I change bags almost every day (I have about 10-12 in the main rotation plus others I carry on occasion) so in the process of switching my wallet, make up bag and other essentials from one bag to another every morning, a lot of junk gets tossed.

    If I carried the same bag day in and day out, it would be disgusting.

    The biggest problem for me is carrying food items (cans of soda w/ condensation, a piece of fruit whose skin get punctured, a packet of Splenda that tears and spills, gum that gets loose and eposits that powdery stuff everywhere). It think that mixes up w/ the ink on envelopes and receipts and the linings of my bags are never really clean.

    You have way more bags than I do! I currently have 6 total. Every once in a while I purge (give bags away to family members) so I can get a new one. I gave several to my mom and sister last week to "justify" this new one.

    "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

    4a, mbl, low porosity, normal thickness, fine hair.
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    Lol yea, technically its a wristlet as ive been told. Why, is that weird? I dont have a need for a bigger bag, it would be empty.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using CurlTalk App

    I just see you shaking out the ponytail and heading for the club after work...w/ your little red "wristlet" LOL

    Lol I just don't carry much and it serves its purpose. I'm looking for a nice leather one for work though.
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,677Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I'm like spiderlashes (though with less bags) and change them day to day depending on what I'm wearing usually, so stuff doesn't get a chance to build up. The only things I carry regularly are my purse, lipstick, tissues, phone (if I remember it) and some painkillers and plasters.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I make sure I buy just the right size purse, nothing too big or too heavy and nothing too small. 12-14 wide x 10-12 high x 3-4 deep is about perfect for me.
    I never just throw things in willy nilly.
    My purse holds my phone, keys, checkbook, pocket calendar, eyeglasses case, sunglasses case, a wallet/change purse that holds money/ID/credit cards, and a makeup bag that holds all my misc stuff (pills, blush, mascara, lipstick, tampons, sewing kit, tweezers, tea, splenda, pen, floss pics).
    I like to change purses every couple weeks and it only takes a few seconds to switch over.

    Sorry if someone else has posted this. I have not read the whole thread BUT...

    Did you see the special on GMA, or one of the nightly news shows where they stopped women on the street and asked if they could weigh their handbags? Most ranged from 13-20+ lbs. They then discussed how harmful this is for your body and how it throws everything about your posture out of line due to that much weight typically being carried on one shoulder or arm. Even when you walk w/o a purse, your body continues leaning to one side.

    My mom is constantly seeking ways to lighten her load, and she only carries a wallet, pocket calendar, keys and her glasses. Anything else is feather light. Sometimes the bags alone are heavy. It kills her arthritis.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users
    curlyarca wrote: »
    I'm glad you replied! I'm so embarrassed by all the crap I feel like I must carry around, I almost came back and New Mexico'd this thread.

    Anyway, this is my answer to a junky purse (without getting rid of anything....yes, I know I will have to get rid of some of this mess):

    2ajrpnd.jpg

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    I watched some YouTube videos that gave me the smaller-bags-within-your-handbag idea. The ziploc bags contain pens and change (but I think I can stick the pens in the makeup bag; need a coin purse for the change). Those purple things are a poly envelope and a pencil case (they hold "important" papers....receipts from recent purchases, metro/train schedule/map, checkbook). Green is my wallet (primarily every card known to man). Pink is extra car keys and some personal items. The clear and the small polka dot is personal items. The large gold one is makeup, lotion, and wipes (for both your body and face). Took the photo with my phone.


    .....help me.....LOL

    This is pretty much what I have to do as well. Lol. I have a make-up bag, a bag for all of my "lady" items, a wallet, a wallet for pictures/paper, a section for pens, a section for hair items (ties and bobby pins), and a section for chapstick. So much stuff!
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  • Cabana BoyCabana Boy Posts: 400Registered Users
    I bought a new wallet and got rid of extra credit cards and other's that expired.
    Fortune favors the bold.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    I make sure I buy just the right size purse, nothing too big or too heavy and nothing too small. 12-14 wide x 10-12 high x 3-4 deep is about perfect for me.
    I never just throw things in willy nilly.
    My purse holds my phone, keys, checkbook, pocket calendar, eyeglasses case, sunglasses case, a wallet/change purse that holds money/ID/credit cards, and a makeup bag that holds all my misc stuff (pills, blush, mascara, lipstick, tampons, sewing kit, tweezers, tea, splenda, pen, floss pics).
    I like to change purses every couple weeks and it only takes a few seconds to switch over.

    Sorry if someone else has posted this. I have not read the whole thread BUT...

    Did you see the special on GMA, or one of the nightly news shows where they stopped women on the street and asked if they could weigh their handbags? Most ranged from 13-20+ lbs. They then discussed how harmful this is for your body and how it throws everything about your posture out of line due to that much weight typically being carried on one shoulder or arm. Even when you walk w/o a purse, your body continues leaning to one side.

    My mom is constantly seeking ways to lighten her load, and she only carries a wallet, pocket calendar, keys and her glasses. Anything else is feather light. Sometimes the bags alone are heavy. It kills her arthritis.

    I've been wearing my leather backpack a lot lately (actually on both shoulders, not just slung over one shoulder) and it helps.

    I routinely carry only a large wallet, large key chain, medium size make up bag, large sunglasses case, large phone, several packs of gum, random mail and possibly a book or magazine. But I will also stuff in a change of shoes (not tiny ballet flats, either) and also my lunch and/or breakfast with cans or bottles of beverages, too. I don't carry that around all day but walking to and from my car, I look like i'm backpacking cross country.

  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    I make sure I buy just the right size purse, nothing too big or too heavy and nothing too small. 12-14 wide x 10-12 high x 3-4 deep is about perfect for me.
    I never just throw things in willy nilly.
    My purse holds my phone, keys, checkbook, pocket calendar, eyeglasses case, sunglasses case, a wallet/change purse that holds money/ID/credit cards, and a makeup bag that holds all my misc stuff (pills, blush, mascara, lipstick, tampons, sewing kit, tweezers, tea, splenda, pen, floss pics).
    I like to change purses every couple weeks and it only takes a few seconds to switch over.

    Sorry if someone else has posted this. I have not read the whole thread BUT...

    Did you see the special on GMA, or one of the nightly news shows where they stopped women on the street and asked if they could weigh their handbags? Most ranged from 13-20+ lbs. They then discussed how harmful this is for your body and how it throws everything about your posture out of line due to that much weight typically being carried on one shoulder or arm. Even when you walk w/o a purse, your body continues leaning to one side.

    My mom is constantly seeking ways to lighten her load, and she only carries a wallet, pocket calendar, keys and her glasses. Anything else is feather light. Sometimes the bags alone are heavy. It kills her arthritis.

    I've been wearing my leather backpack a lot lately (actually on both shoulders, not just slung over one shoulder) and it helps.

    I routinely carry only a large wallet, large key chain, medium size make up bag, large sunglasses case, large phone, several packs of gum, random mail and possibly a book or magazine. But I will also stuff in a change of shoes (not tiny ballet flats, either) and also my lunch and/or breakfast with cans or bottles of beverages, too. I don't carry that around all day but walking to and from my car, I look like i'm backpacking cross country.

    If you are going to carry several items it is better to evenly distribute the weight. I'm bad to load mine down and then think about that news report and laugh at the thought of many leaning women with one freakishly strong arm. ;)


    When I go to work I take everything but the kitchen sink. On days I have a little makeup, always have hand creams and my phone charger, headphones, books, magazines, etc. I keep all of my food items in a nice lunch bag that looks almost like a wooden handled 70's purse. I found it at Belk, 70% off, last winter. I throw all my food in it so none of it goes in my purse anymore.

    *I do need to get another backpack. I never carried purses in my teens and 20's. I used my dads Army issue packs, and a had a very nice back pack with a rubber bottom. It could put it in water if you had to. (I was always the girls in the corner pulling jars of peanut butter, music and strobe lights out of my bag while getting wth? looks. I came prepared). Now I only have one small cloth book bag remaining, and the smallest of dads packs. They are a little worn out.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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  • mustangbunnymustangbunny Posts: 1,033Registered Users
    I have noticed one of my arms is significantly stronger than the other. I need a smaller purse to trick myself into carrying less.


    Low-poo: Looking for a new one.
    Condish: V05 Tea Therapy, Body Shop Banana
    Leave in: Giovanni Direct Leave In
    PT: My hair needs very little. I use Suave Naturals Coconut when I need a little bit and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
    Styler: Giovanni LA

    Go Red Wings!
    :hockey:

  • Myradella3Myradella3 Posts: 2,481Registered Users
    Like others, I found that if I had a bigger purse, I carried more stuff. So I carry a relatively small bag that usually just has my phone, wallet, cosmetic case, pens, tissue and sometimes sunglasses.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I've tried buying smaller bags so I'll carry fewer things and it just doesn't work for me. I wound up getting rid of the bags and losing a lot of money. I need a big bag.