Category Archives: handbag organization
Ok guys, get ready for some serious organizing porn. I recently got a sneak peek at Neat Method‘s most recent portfolio photos and I was so impressed I just had to share with you all. If you haven’t heard of Neat Method, they’re a company that specializes in stylish home organization. These girls after my own heart and are so talented, as you’ll see from these images of their work below:
So beautiful right?? Raise your hand if you’re feeling inspired to get your home organized! For more, check out the fun before and afters on their website.
Photography by Michelle Drewes
These photos are from my closet and the little dressing/vanity area right outside my closet. I try to keep all my accessories (and I have a lot…I LOVE accessories) out where I can see them, but I like for them to look neat. Right now I’ve got most of my clutches lined up on a shelf using pot lid holders that I picked up at The Container Store. As for my perfumes and jewelry, I love to display them out on trays. We sell a lot of trays at The Zhush and this python one is my favorite. I also love this little ceramic tray as a catchall for keeping smaller items like cell phones and earrings looking neat and pretty. Finally, when I’m not sure if I’m ready to get rid of something, I usually move it into one of these fabric square storage boxes (also from the Container Store). If I go looking for it, then I know I need to keep it, if not, then after about a year, I’ll usually give it away or donate the item. If it’s something really sentimental, I’ll save it for my children.
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:
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.
I have to admit – I’ve always been the walk-in-and-throw-everything-on-the-floor type. My poor purses used to find themselves discarded on the floor on a daily basis. But when I became the proud owner of a chew-happy puppy with a penchant for raiding my bags, I knew it was time to find a better solution.
We rent a home without many built-in hanging solutions, so we utilize these over-the-door racks in several rooms. This particular one used to hold towels in our guest bathroom, but now it hangs in my office and is the home for my most-used handbags. (As you can probably tell – I have a bit of thing for black, gold and sequins.) The office is close to the front door, so it’s a quick, convenient spot to unload my purse before I head in to greet my puppy. Plus, I love that my favorite bags are on display instead of hidden in a closet!
Check out this accessories closet: