How I Organize My Handbag

I oftentimes carry a lot of things in my handbag – keys, cell phone, driver’s license, credit cards, debit cards, rewards cards, cash, coupons, lists, hair ties, lip balm, lotion, tissues, pens, sunglasses, the list goes on….can you relate?


Because most of these items are relatively small, they can easily get lost in a large bag and it’s so annoying to have to rummage through to try to find what you’re looking for.  What I like to do is group and separate everything into smaller bags, cases and pouches.

For the essentials like money, driver’s license, keys, tinted lip balm, and my cell phone, I use a wristlet that easily fits in my bag and I can pull out when I’m making a quick trip and don’t really need much else (the one I have is an old style but you can find a similar one here). I use a magic wallet, which is compact enough to fit inside the wristlet, to keep my credit cards, debit cards, and my license, organized. I keep cash and coins in the little interior pockets of the wristlet. I try not to put anything else in there so that there’s enough room to also fit my keys if needed.


For all the non-essential cards that I use less frequently but still like to have on hand, like loyalty cards, rewards cards, gift cards, etc., I use a card cubby and sort them all into the little alphabetized dividers.


My business cards go into a nice business card case so they don’t get dirty or bent.


Coupons go into a small expanding file case. There was a time not too long ago when my husband and I were really penny pinching and to make the most of the money we had, I got into the habit of putting coupons for items we frequently bought or stores we normally shopped at, into an coupon file that I took with me whenever I went shopping. This worked really well and I’ve continued with this habit.  I no longer find myself at the store saying, “aww I had a coupon for that!” and feeling regretful that I could have saved some money.  I labeled this expanding file with general categories like beauty, craft, grocery, office, etc., which makes it easy to find the relevant coupons when I’m at the checkout counter. I use the space in the front for my shopping list and a pen.


In an accessory pouch that has interior pockets, I keep beauty and personal care items that are nice to have handy like hand cream, hand sanitizer, hair ties & clips, lip color, a mirror, oil blotting sheets, floss, a mini lint roller, tissues, bandages and a multi-use ointment.


My miscellaneous items, like a measuring tape, notebook for jotting down notes and ideas on the go, an extra pen, and a backup battery for my phone, all go into a zippered pouch:


Organizing everything this way makes the contents of my bag much less chaotic and allows me to easily find what I’m looking for when I need it. It also makes it much easier to switch handbags. 


So there you have it, that’s how I organize my bag.   The general idea is to group like items together and put them into smaller bags, pouches or cases that will keep the contents organized.  I know everyone has different needs and carries around different things, but I hope this inspired some ideas on how to organize your own bag, if it’s not organized already.

*The folks at Office Depot sponsored this post.  All ideas/opinions/thoughts are my own.

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  • Tiffany Leigh

    I adore this post! Everything in your bag is gorgeous, and you’ve really got it all organized so well!

  • Shar

    What brand is the purse?

    • Arianna Belle

      Hi Shar, the purse is from Topshop :)

  • mjmadden

    Thirty-One has some great organizers that can be used in purses too.

  • Vivi

    great post :)
    I should organise all my stuff too sometime.
    where is your bag from?

    x Vivi

    • Arianna Belle

      Thanks! :) The handbag is from Topshop.

  • Lyssa Hargrove

    this is a great post–I need to do better at organizing my handbag.

  • Maureen

    This is brilliant. I was just out shopping today for a smaller bag so I can’t put as much crap into it. Love the card cubby!

  • Sammy Casey

    Love this… but now I just need to buy a bunch of pretty bags!

    Stella + Charlie

  • Wendy

    Totally inspired to do this so that I never leave anything behind!

  • cuteheads

    I really like your mint green/blue card wallet! Who makes it?

    • Arianna Belle

      Thanks! It’s from jcrew (

      • cuteheads

        thanks, it’s exactly what i’m looking for!

  • Libby

    This was really useful!! I just organized my hand bag while reading the post! My bag was too disorganized. Thanks a ton for the informative post!!

  • Karen

    Where did you get the polka dot zipped bag?

    • Arianna Belle

      It’s from Forever 21 -super inexpensive! :)

  • Kair Luna

    Wow! I love this post! Organizing is one of my passions, so when I found your blog I knew I was hooked. The card cubby is pure genius. I’ve never been much of a purse girl, but I think you’ve convinced me. :)


  • Nicki of Cute & Co.

    I love this post. It inspired me to organize my own clutter-filled purse with smaller bags. Love it! —

  • Nena Hug

    Have you ever seen a Miche purse? It has changeable outside covers so that all your stuff can stay in the same purse, and you just have to spend a few moments changing the cover and handles to match your outfit or mood for that day. I LOVVEEE them!

  • Charzoid

    Good way to use those monthly ipsy bags!

  • Kristin

    Love this post!! Where did you get the business card organizer??!!

  • Kristin

    And the card cubby??!

    • Arianna Belle

      You can find the card cubby here:

  • Indie

    This is great, really useful info, I need to get myself organised 😛 where’s the braided leather keyring from?

  • Sarah

    Such a pretty bag! I love the little organizers you have for your various cards.