3 PURSE DAY THREE

ASK YOUR­SELF

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Storage Doctor -

1. HOW’S THE BAG IN­TE­RIOR LOOK­ING?

Dump your bag. Now. Be­fore you start sort­ing any of its con­tents, ex­am­ine the bag in­te­rior. Wipe it down. Re­pair any holes, tears, or snags. If the in­te­rior can’t be re­paired or cleaned, it’s time to get a new bag. (And don’t even think of donat­ing a ratty bag.)

2. WHAT’S AC­TU­ALLY IN HERE?

Sort bag con­tents into cat­e­gories that are mean­ing­ful to you. Some typ­i­cal per­sonal bag cat­e­gories in­clude: wal­let stuff, hy­giene, cos­met­ics, hair care, weather gear, pet care, kid care, and elec­tron­ics. Your cat­e­gories will vary. Don’t judge or edit yet; just make piles that are rel­e­vant to you.

3. DOES IT WORK?

Purses are no­to­ri­ous for stow­ing bro­ken and dam­aged items. If you can’t fix it NOW, you prob­a­bly aren’t go­ing to. Dis­pose of the item.

4. WHAT’S MY BEST OR FA­VORITE?

Be­cause purse space is limited, start your edit­ing process by elim­i­nat­ing du­pli­cates and also- rans. Set­tle on one gum, one lip­stick, one pair of sun­glasses. You don’t need choices and op­tions in your bag; you only need the best. Put ex­tras you still like in a desk drawer in your en­try area or in an over-the- door vinyl caddy that hangs in­side an en­try closet.

5. DO I NEED A PHYS­I­CAL VER­SION?

A smart­phone and strate­gi­cally em­ployed apps can elim­i­nate lots of phys­i­cal items you’re cart­ing around in your bag. You don’t have to ditch your real-world daily plan­ner, notebook, stack of shop­per cards, or clutch of coupons, but re­al­ize that ev­ery one of th­ese items has a dig­i­tal equiv­a­lent that can get the job done just as ef­fec­tively, or maybe even more ef­fi­ciently.

6. WHAT IS EACH POCKET’S PUR­POSE?

Ev­ery built- in com­part­ment in your bag should have one duty only. The best pocket choices hold items se­curely yet al­low you to see or re­trieve items eas­ily. Zip­pered pock­ets take time to ac­cess, so fill them only with pre­cious items or things you rarely need to get your hands on.

7. CAN I CHANGE BAGS IN A MINUTE— OR LESS?

Even if you don’t tote mul­ti­ple bags, you should be able to de­con­struct and re­assem­ble your per­sonal bag in a minute. In or­der to achieve this quick change, you need a des­ig­nated pouch for each im­por­tant cat­e­gory and re­mov­able pouches that tran­si­tion in­stantly be­tween bags.

8. WHERE DOES MY BAG LIVE?

Choose one spot in your home and stick with it. Make your so­lu­tion as easy as pos­si­ble. A hook or bin is doable; a drawer or cabi­net is more dif­fi­cult to ac­cess so you’re less likely to use this con­sis­tently.

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