I used to suffer from BHPS.
Black Hole Purse Syndrome.
I’d put something in my purse, never to be seen again.
And if I needed to find my keys or a ringing cell phone, stand back! I’d have to dump that baby out…. or fish hopelessly thru the black hole.
Then I read a tip that said to store things vertically in your purse — and the lightbulb went off.
I dumped everything out and culled the contents to keep just the most important – wallet, coupon binder, personal care items, and my cloth grocery bag. Keys and phone get added before I head out of the hosue.
I used a small jewelry pouch to organize all my really personal personal care items, as no one wants to see that stuff when I dump out my purse to find my keys (not that I have to dump out my purse anymore!).
Then I found a clear sided zip pouch (left over by the kids at some point) to store a notepad, pen, hand lotion and lip balm. I also stick receipts and miscellaneous paper in here, as they come my way.
With everything containerized, I “filed” it back into my purse VERTICALLY and voila! It was perfect.
The most amazing thing is that I’ve been able to keep it like this for four months!
I think the key to staying organized, beyond going vertical, was to use a structured bag that fit my items well. Having a flat bottom for the purse helps, too.
Those sling-style bags were too big and too unstructured, and I ended up tempted to throw everything but the kitchen sink inside.
I once heard Suze Orman say that the state of your wallet – and by extension, your purse – reflects how you feel about your money. Well if that’s true, I’d say I’m finally feeling pretty good!
Do you struggle with a black hole of a bag? Try the vertical thing. And a smaller bag! What other tips do you have for organizing your purse?