We’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…
Attention Giveaway Hosts: May is for mothers. Please add all of your mama-friendly giveaways for the month of May. Here is the suggested linking info: Giveaway title, countries allowed, RC for Rafflecopter giveaways, and the end date. The URL should go directly to your giveaway post. All others will be deleted. For example: Chamilia Bracelet ($125 value) US/CAN RC – 5/29.
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