Gearing Up for National Clean Out Your Purse Day (plus giveaways)

smiling attractive woman wearing blue summer dressWe’ll get back to our discussion of college savings tomorrow. Today, I have a confession. There is a purse living inside of my purse. My pre-kid wristlet held on as long as it could, but was ultimately swallowed by a hefty mommy bag. The crazy only continues from there.

My purse also contains: one of my daughter’s socks, a half-eaten box of raisins, a piece of aluminum foil, a Wendy’s receipt from last year, three tubes of the exact same lip gloss, five ink pens (of which only three have ink), and other junk that I’m not willing to admit.

I’m generally an organized gal, but my purse triggers the packrat in me. If you’re the same way, you’re not alone. On May 15, millions—or at least hundreds—of us will celebrate National Clean Out Your Purse Day.

If you’re not sure if your purse needs a cleaning, I’m here to help. You might need to clean out your purse if…

1. The inside of your bag is wearing more makeup than you are.

2. You can hear loose change jingling in there, but you can’t find the coins. Seriously, invest in a coin purse. You crafty girls can make your own super cute coin holder.

3. You might need to clean out your purse if you still have your movie stub from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

4. Grown men stumble under the weight of your bag. Hey lady, what do you have in there, a brick or something?

5. You’re carrying an item of children’s clothing that is two sizes too small. Guilty!

6. There’s more mail in your handbag than your mailbox. I used to stuff bills in my bag to pay later. Nowadays, I just snap a picture of the bill with my smartphone. That way I have all the information and none of the clutter. Yes, signing up for electronic statements is on my to-do list.

7. You might need to clean out your purse if it has changed shapes. It’s not pretty when a rectangular-shaped bag is so full it looks more like an oval.

Luci Swindoll, author of “Simple Secrets to a Happy Life,” offers a three-step process for cleaning a cluttered closet. Swindoll’s advice can also help you conquer the clutter in your purse.

Step 1: Clean in sections. Set aside time to clean each section of your bag. Don’t move to another section until you have finished the one you started. Even if the section you are working on generates more projects. For example, business cards found in that zipper pocket have to be loaded into your electronic contacts or otherwise stored. It’s tedious, but effective.

Step 2: Any personal or one-of-a-kind item is an automatic keeper. You should definitely hold onto your stub from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” You just can’t keep it in your purse. Instead, take a little time every month to move event tickets, receipts, and other items to a safe place.

Step 3: Determine what is necessary to keep. Don’t remove the mints, dental floss, and crossword puzzles from your purse if you’ll lose sleep at night. Keep those items, and then reflect on why mints, dental floss, and crossword puzzles cause you to lose sleep at night. This is probably the hardest part of cleaning anything. Everything seems important, but if you haven’t touched an item in weeks, it should probably find somewhere else to live or go in the trash.

For more tips, check out organizational guru Kathi Lipp’s super-speedy purse cleaning guide.

Let’s celebrate your handbag revival with some awesome prizes. Below you will find a growing list of giveaways—purses, gift cards, and such. You’ll definitely want to check out LilMissChicka’s handbag giveaway. But first…

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About Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson is a Dallas-based freelance writer who specializes in college planning, parenting, women’s lifestyle, education, and self-help. But she's always hungry to munch on new topics. In addition to writing for The BookWormMama blog, Nicole provides content, copywriting and proofreading services for various publications.


Gearing Up for National Clean Out Your Purse Day (plus giveaways) — 23 Comments

  1. Great idea! My purse definitely needs cleaned, ha! It has so many receipts in it, it’s overflowing. I don’t even know what else is in there because there are so many receipts. That’s horrible, huh?
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  2. I always lost my keys in the bottom of my purse. My current bag has a loop and clasp for storing keys, but it’s not large enough to hold all of them! I ended up purchasing a caribiner hook and now I don’t lose my keys unless I neglect to hook them up!

    I’m visiting from the SITs Link Up, glad I dropped by :)

  3. Here is the ONE THING I love the most that I always have in my purse: a Burt’s Bees hand sanitizer. With witch hazel and aloe, it is my favorite way for a quick clean up. AS for the rest – multiple lipsticks, pens, old receipts – all there, unfortunately. Thanks for the motivation.
    Over from SITS!
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    • What’s up, Kate. Don’t feel too bad. I think I still have my movie stub from Finding Nemo. Okay, I’m not that bad, but it gets pretty crazy in that purse of mine. Thank you for swinging by, Kate.

    • Michelle, that is so clever of you to keep a small purse. I wonder if I can return to my little wristlet after two years of this big mama bag. I’m glad you stopped by. Thanks.

  4. Right now I have a baggie full of dental floss sticks. I keep meaning to take it to work but it’s been about 2 weeks. I also have a pocket knife I keep in my purse, not for protection, but to open packages!

    My mom has the HEAVIEST purse. She stuff so much stuff in her purse, it’s like a mini suitcase!

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