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1. Choose wisely. When choosing a purse, you will want to consider a few factors that will make it easier to keep it organized. First consider the shape of the purse. Structured shapes like rectangles are easier to manage. Less structured shapes like round, hobo or pear shapes often have smaller openings with lots of room at the bottom and sides of the purse. This makes it difficult to see or find what you need. The inside color of a purse can also affect its organization. Dark colors on the interior of your purse can make it more difficult to find what you are looking for- especially when you are in a dark environment. Finally, choose a purse with pockets and zippered compartments to keep everything from getting all jumbled together into one giant mess.

2. Categorize. Having categories in your purse can make it easier to find things. For example, I have a zippered compartment in my purse for financial things. I keep receipts, gift cards and my checkbook in that compartment. I have another compartment for personal care items like tissues, lip balm, band-aids, an emery board, lotion, tampons and hand sanitizer. I have one pocket devoted just to my phone and another just for my business cards. If your purse does not have sections for you to use for categorizing, you can use small clear organizing pouches or a purse organizer to achieve the same result.

3. Lighten the load. Your wallet is likely the heaviest item in your purse so it makes sense that thinning it out would lighten your load. First pull out all of your membership cards, reward cards and library cards. Use one of many phone apps available to scan them which will eliminate the need to hold on to them. Now take a look through your credit cards and health insurance cards. Have any of them expired? Run them through the shredder. How many credit cards do you need? Do you need to carry them all with you? Once you’ve paired those cards down, take a photo of or photo copy the remaining cards. If you ever lose your purse, it will simplify the process of stopping payment and replacing your cards. Lastly, dump your loose change in a change jar. Carrying around too much change adds weight to your purse and can be hard on your back. The lighter your purse is, the easier it will be to carry.

3 Steps to an Organized Purse

3 Steps to an Organized Purse