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?

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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. 

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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?

    • http://ariannabelle.com/blog Arianna Belle

      Hi Shar, the purse is from Topshop :)

  • mjmadden

    Thirty-One has some great organizers that can be used in purses too. melanie_madden31@yahoo.com

  • Vivi

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

    x Vivi
    http://ohlesmusings.blogspot.co.uk

    • http://ariannabelle.com/blog 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!

  • http://www.cuteheads.com/ cuteheads

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

    • http://ariannabelle.com/blog Arianna Belle

      Thanks! It’s from jcrew (http://goo.gl/6HLlj)

      • http://www.cuteheads.com/ 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?

    • http://ariannabelle.com/blog Arianna Belle

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

  • http://becauseiwanttoknowmore.blogspot.com/ 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. :)

    Kair
    http://becauseiwanttoknowmore.blogspot.com/

  • Nicki of Cute & Co.

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

  • 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! https://topcitybags.miche.com/Shop/Category/510

  • 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??!

    • http://ariannabelle.com/blog Arianna Belle

      You can find the card cubby here: http://goo.gl/HCWY8

  • Indie

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