You could only save the world if you could find your keys, right?! You are usually surprised, not pleasantly, to what you find in your purse! Wrappers, old food, receipts that are torn, coupons you forgot to use, rocks! You name it; it will find its way in there.
Your purse needs to be your assistant, supporting you while you are out and about. You need to be able to find your $ and keys quickly but also have all of those “needed” items corralled so they too can be found and accessed when the time comes. Your purse has to have “homes” for everything you need and use on a daily basis. That is the key, only having what you use and need and then placing each of those in an appropriate home in your purse.
So when you need your lipstick, you go pocket A, or your phone is in pocket B – every time.
Things to not carry and/or do:
- Do not carry your entire make-up regimen, just enough to touch up.
- Do not carry Non-essential information
- Do not carry Cards not in use
- Leave your Social Security Card at home
- Do not have Account Numbers and associated passwords written out in your purse
- Any master list of accounts, etc.
- Do not have your SSN or Driver’s License number on your checks
- Change passwords often and shred documents at home with your account numbers
So, what kind of purse do you need?
- Function – decorative – going out or everyday use?
- Size – assess first what must go in there, the size of your wallet, the size of your planner if you bring one, individual cosmetics or a small pouch, and so on. Pull the paper out at the store and stuff your items in there!
- Compartments – do you want IT to be an organizer for you or do you want the shell and then add your own systems to organize it
- Weight – without even your items in it, how does it feel? This is key for those with back issues. 3lbs according to the American Chiropractic Association (and alternate shoulders throughout the day)
- Material – consider ease of cleaning, inside and out
- Length of strap
- Top – an open purse is asking for trouble, not just for theft but for stuff falling out! A flap w/ clasp or zipper top is best.
- Style! Yes, although the goal is to have a functional piece, let’s not forget to make a statement
Maintenance: perform WEEKLY
- Dump it out, purge all trash and wipe down the inside
- File or discard receipts and empty change into a jar
- Touch each item once and decide if you use it daily or will use it in the next week! (Duplicates and just in case items clog up your purse)
- Replace each item into its’ “home”
Tools for the Purse: To keep everything in its place or to make the switcheroo that much easier! Purse inserts with pockets, etc work will to plop in and out of purses. Consider a coupon holder as well for receipts, store cards and info you need handy.
One last tip is to create a master sheet of all the contents – primarily your credit cards. Jot down the name, the account number, the customer service number on the back and store this in a safe place at home. If your purse is every stolen, this will be a life saver!