Get Organized: Clean Out Your Purse
Remember the days when all you had to worry about putting in your bag was lipstick, money and your ID? Now that you're a mom, your bag has probably become more like a mini-suticase that doubles as the family resource center. Well, this is a small, satisfying project for the mom-on-the-go that packs a big reward: Organizing your bag (and lightening your load)!
Clean out your bag
Here are 6 steps to get—and keep—your bag organized:
1. Take a "Before" Weight of Your Bag: So you can measure your success in ounces…or pounds! 2. Dump & Sort the Contents of Your Bag: Empty the contents of your bag and sort the contents into the categories:
- Permanent Items: These are things you need everyday, such as keys, wallet, cell phone & charger, glasses, planner, writing utensils, kid's supplies, basic makeup and personal care items ...
- Transient Items: These are things that come in and out of your bag and should change on a daily basis, such as gym clothes, kid's snacks, bills to pay, errand list ...
- Obvious Trash: Brace yourself for shredded tissues, outdated stamps, crumpled shopping lists, toy parts, nameless phone numbers, broken Crayons, ancient cereal bits, grit covered gum…and dump it (but NOT before taking a photo!)
4. Create Activity Zones: Now it's time to put the stuff you are keeping back into your bag by creating Activity Zones based on the various categories of tasks you do while on the run.
You may consider these five zones:
- Money: wallet, coupons, receipts, keys
- Communication: Cell phone and charger, planner, pen, paper
- Personal Care: sunglasses, medicine, make-up, brush, tissues, mints
- Kids' Transient Supplies: snacks, toys, change of clothes
- Mom's Transient Projects: yoga clothes, bills to pay, library books to return
Ready to keep organizing your life? Check out the rest of the challenges in our Get Organized Boot Camp with organizational guru, Julie Morgenstern:
- Challenge Week 1: Cleaning out your bag
- Challenge Week 2: Getting rid of toy clutter
- Challenge Week 3: Cleaning out the car
- Challenge Week 4: Finding "mom time"
- Challenge Wrap-up: Staying organized
- Changing handbags
- Getting started at home
- Keeping home organized
- Simplifying your commute
- Creating storage in your apartment
- Finding time to organize
- Cleaning with partner
- Staying motivated
- Organizing home after baby
- Managing laundry
- Cleaning out the closet
- Getting out the door faster
- Making bill-paying easier