Purse Size

Organizing Your Purse

We抳e all been there: the moment when your fabulous bag mysteriously transforms into a black hole, and nothing you could swear you put in there can be found. 揟here抯 nothing worse than rummaging through your purse while someone looks on, witness to your disorganization, says Resourceful Consultants owner Barbara Reich, a professional organizer who has been featured on The Today Show and in The New York Times. 揥hen your purse is organized and you know where to locate everything important to you, you feel in control and more powerful. We抳e asked Reich to provide her top tips for keeping your purse organized梐nd to break down the essential items each woman should keep in her bag.

Never buy a bag that doesn抰 have at least two internal pockets. You need one for your cell phone and one for keys and other items that you access often.

Avoid bags with dark linings. It抯 very difficult to find things when they抮e inside a dark bag.

Add some color. Use brightly hued cosmetic bags for smaller items such as lip gloss, Band-Aids and ibuprofen.

Carry only what you truly need. Bags get heavy, so eliminate what抯 unnecessary. You don抰 need five pens, two phone chargers or six packs of gum. Here抯 an idea of what you should always have with you:

牋牋Regular bag: wallet, Smartphone, keys, cosmetic bag (containing ibuprofen, Band-Aids, 牋牋爊ail file, travel size of hair product, safety pin), pen and small pad
牋牋Work bag: wallet, Smartphone, keys, cosmetic bag, pen, and pad, iPad, hard copy of any 牋牋燾urrent presentations or projects
牋牋Beach Bag: wallet, Smartphone, keys, sun block, lip protection, hat, baby powder
牋牋Clutch: money, credit card, phone, keys, lip gloss

Don抰 save unimportant receipts. Don抰 clutter your bag with receipts for small amounts of money, like those from your morning Starbucks run.

Carry store credits in your bag. You can抰 use them if there are home in your night table drawer.

Make a photocopy of everything in your wallet (front and back). In the unfortunate event that your wallet is stolen, you抣l have a record of what you抮e missing and what credit cards you need to call.

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