3 PURSE DAY THREE
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.