Sometimes how organised a woman’s life is may be reflected by how organised her handbag is. Our staff writer, RUTH YAYA BANDA tips us on how to keep our bags neat and organised.
Cleaning out your handbags and purses once a week will help you keep your handbag organised. Your handbag should be something that works for you – not against you.
If you are constantly rummaging around in the bag trying to find your phone, spare change and keys, then it’s time to get it organised. I have lost count of how many times I have missed calls because my phone is ‘somewhere’ in the hand bag.
Try and make it part of your Sunday night routine. This would help you start the week organised both at home and at your workplace.
What should I have in my handbag?
I am always amazed at how much collects in my bags. I stuff things in there half the time without even realising it. No wonder my bag and arm hurts by the end of the day.
Throw away any credit or debit cards that have expired. Hand cream lotions, lip gloss with Vitamin E or SPF, health passport, one sanitary pad, short roll of toilet paper or feminine wipes, a chitenje, a writing pad and a covered pen are a must in your hand bag. Use a small toilet bag. Opt for a folding hairbrush and a small mirror.
Control your receipts
One of the sources of clutter in most women’s bags and purses are receipts. You purchase a lot of things throughout the week. Since everything has receipts, the latter build up in the bag. Put the receipts that you need to keep in a safe place at home whenever you are sorting out your handbag or purse.
They are my number one enemy because they easily put holes in a bag. I have resorted to putting them in a plastic bag before putting them in the bag. Keep a coin jar in your office drawer or at home in the kitchen. You will be amazed how much you have after a few months. If you can’t use them deposit them at the bank.
Have a place for everything
Just as you do in your home, having a place for everything in your purse and handbag will ensure that your life is less chaotic. Buy a purse that has card compartments in it. It is easy to detect a missing card.
Buy handbags with compartments for keeping phones and car keys. Have a toilet bag to keep combs and makeup. However, too many pockets will make you carry more than you need.
Do not carry oversized handbags. It is a good idea to carry emergency supplies such as pain killers, plasters and bandage crepes.