Simple Systems: A Minimalist Purse

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My purse-keeping situation needed serious attention. I was happy to add this system to my series this month so that I would be forced to put into practice some ideas that have been rattling around in my head for awhile.

Yes, all month the topic here at Simplified Organization is Simple Systems: 31 Small Ways to Simplify Life.

I think as stay-at-home moms we often don’t even realize just how many draws there are on our energy, even our mental energy. Decision-making is exhausting and implementing a system means there’s less stress in that area once it’s in place. Multiple small systems can add up to a significant reduction of that burdensome drain we can feel by mid-afternoon when it feels like there’s nothing left and we don’t care any more. Or is that just me?

Simple Home System: My Purse

I tend to prefer to be minimal in what I carry around rather than be the person who always has everything imaginable handy. The more stuff is in my purse, the harder and more frustrating it is to find anything in it.

Make it easy to change purses.

I like to change purses often. Sometimes I like a slim little purse. Sometimes I like a wide black bag. Sometimes I reach for a jumbo tote. But purses quickly become a place to stash junk and garbage while on the go, with wads of receipts and piles of loose coins filling up the space. Changing out purses is a quick motivator for a purse purge, which is just something that has to happen often.

What should you keep in your purse? What’s essential to have on the go? That will be different for different people in different situations. I tend to prefer to be minimal in what I carry around rather than be the person who always has everything imaginable handy. The more stuff is in my purse, the harder and more frustrating it is to find anything in it. So, here’s what I’ve decided is essential for my purse right now (My youngest is a toddler, so I don’t have to carry extra onesies and a diaper stash anymore):

  • Wallet & keys, of course.
  • Pen, just in case.
  • An old sunglasses case with fingernail clippers, a travel bottle of Tylenol, a few bandaids, a portable pack of kleenex, and any other small necessities.
  • A small pack of wet wipes, because they are just so handy.

With the small things contained in the sunglasses case, it’s easy to grab it to move to a new purse, the little things don’t get lost rattling around in the bottom of a big bag, and it’s easy to pull them out in order to sift through the junk that inevitably collects in our carry-alls.

What do you make sure to carry in your purse?

Simple Systems

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2 Responses

  1. Honey Bee
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    Interesting topic. My purse tends to be heavy. Because I travel and am prepared for various eventualities.

    I have cases or folders for the following:

    a. Kleenex, hand sanitizer, immodium, cough losenges

    b. Lipstick, nailclippers, tweezers, lip balm

    c. Pens

    d. Notebook and checkbooks and lists or coupons

    e. Credit cards

    f. All those other cards: reward cards, business cards and reward fobs. Transit tokens.

    h. Wallet

    i. Loose are keys, cell phone, hair brush

    j. Passport has its own sturdy folder

    But these would make it easy for me to change purses. Just move all the cases.
    Also I am no longer fishing for things. I know exactly where to find everything. This has been a big stress reliever. Not to mention a much tidier purse.

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