Decluttering Your Purse

Decluttering Your Purse


My bag is big. And I love it. I have a never-researched theory that a woman's purse habits tend to mimic those of her mother, but that's just based on my own experience. Any backers? My everyday purse doubles as a gym bag so that I don't have to carry around multiple bags, but it's a dangerous thing to have by my side because it lends itself to accumulating random junk.

The Unclutterer posted suggestions on what items should fill different types of purses: minimalist purse, small purse or clutch, daily purse, and corporate work purse (which is really a list of items for a carry-on bag for a business trip). She says that each purse should contain nothing more than the listed items to stay organized and agrees with our sentiments that receipts can be the biggest culprit for clutter. My everyday bag falls somewhere between the contents listed for the small purse and the daily purse; what about yours? Are you meticulous about what you carry around (like counting out four quarters) or do you have a modified clutter situation?

  • Minimalist purse: Money clip with cash, subway/metro card, one credit card, and your driver’s license; house key and car key
  • Small purse or clutch: Money clip with cash, subway/metro card, one credit card, and your driver’s license; tube of lipstick; powder compact; cell phone; collapsible brush or hair pick; pack of Listerine breath strips; four quarters (no other change); safety pin; band-aid; house key and car key
  • Daily purse: Pen; small notepad; powder compact; collapsible brush or hair pick; tube of lipstick, lipgloss, or chapstick; pack of Listerine breath strips; hand sanitizer; tube of lotion; tube of sunscreen; sunglasses; small paperback book; house key and car key; wallet with cash, checks, subway/metro card, credit cards, and driver’s license; cell phone; four quarters (no other change); two tampons; pill holder with a few pills each for headaches, cramps, heartburn, diarrhea, and allergies; pocket pack of Kleenex or two McDonald’s napkins; ponytail holder; safety pin; fingernail file; two band-aids
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