In this post, I wanted to give some tips on how to declutter your handbag. But first of all, let me tell you that if your handbag is bulging at the seams, then you’re definitely alone. Before decluttering my own handbag, it was full of clutter, too. Anyone with kids won’t be surprised when I list some of the contents that were lurking in my oversized bag:
- Purses (three – mine, my daughter’s and my son’s)
- Mascara and lip balm
- Receipts (numerous) and 11 store loyalty cards
- Items my kids had given me to carry (three socks, a painted shark ornament – below, a wind-up torch, a half-eaten bag of Midget Gems, 11 mint imperials (loose) and a rather large pinecone).
- Loose medication packs (empty)
- 6 coffee sachets
- Spare change
- Shopping lists, invitations and dental appointment cards
- A diary
It’s so easy to collect so much stuff in our handbags, isn’t it? Especially if you have kids. No wonder we have bad backs from carrying so many items around with us. So many of which aren’t necessary. Not to mention the stress of trying to find what you need in a hurry…
So, time to start afresh! Here are my tips on how to declutter your handbag. Doing this meant I could switch to a lovely small handbag and do away with my large, carry all bag. So much prettier!
To begin with – completely empty your bag. Like me, you might be astounded at what you find!
- Get rid of the obvious rubbish first – the receipts, the notes, the items your kids/family members have given you to carry.
- Consider whether you really need all those loyalty cards? Keep cards that you use regularly and shred those you are never going to redeem. They’re just taking up space.I just kept three….the rest were binned.
- How heavy is your purse? Is it stuffed with coins? Could you start a “loose change jar” or use it up regularly in those self-service tills where you can just shove all your coins in?
- Don’t bring so many receipts home. If you’re purchasing a large item, it’s getting more common for stores to email you the receipt. Buying bread and milk? Think about whether you really need to hang on to that receipt.
- Are you hoarding appointment cards and invitations? Enter important dates into your phone’s calendar instead – you’re less likely to forget them that way, too. No smartphone? Think about buying a small diary to record all your important information.
- Important letters lurking in your handbag? Take a photo of them and recycle them. Again, this way you’ll always have important information to hand.
- Do you have a large diary? Think about getting a smaller one or using the notepad feature on your phone for notes, lists etc.
- If you have a smartphone, take advantage of its other features, too. The torch; ebooks; games to entertain the kids; your camera. How did we live without them?
- Reduce multiples…do you really need three pens?
- Finally, before putting anything back…carefully consider whether you really need that item and whether it deserves to take up room in your bag….Do you really need to be carrying it around all day with you?
I’d love to hear if you’ve managed to down-size your handbag…or are there other essentials that you just can’t leave home without? Please comment below, I’d enjoy reading about your ideas!
Interested in learning more about minimalist living? Check out my book reviews here:
The Joy of Less by Francine Jay – Book Review
Goodbye, things by Fumio Sasaki – Book Review