There is one spot in my home that is nearly alway a mess. As a matter of fact, it’s so messy that it’s downright embarrassing.
And I have no one to blame but myself.
Because it’s my purse…or the garbage dump…or the junk collector…or the gum wrapper graveyard…whatever you want to call it.
Now, this photo might make the inside of my purse look innocent enough, but don’t be fooled. It’s a jungle in there!
You can see a few of the receipts, the loose cash, the empty gum packs. But what you can’t see is all the stuff hiding under the wallet and sunglasses.
I literally cringe every time someone asks me for a pen. And I always try to grab out any cards I need before I reach the check-out because I dread the thought of holding up the line while I search for my card ring that’s lost in the great abyss.
Sometimes you just have to say, “Enough is enough!” This is one of those times. I seriously cannot take it anymore! I’m cleaning my purse, and it’s going to stay clean.
I mean it!
How to Clean Your Purse in Five Easy Steps
1. Empty the entire contents of your purse.
This is what was in my purse. Seriously.
2. Sort the contents into three piles: trash, keep, put away.
This is my trash pile. This alone could fill a purse!
And things like medication that expired over two years ago deserve to go in the trash pile…just in case you were wondering.
3. Contain random items and objects.
One pouch holds receipts. Another one holds coupons. And I have one more for miscellaneous make-up, hair stuff, pens, and anything else that needs a home.
4. Reevaluate if every remaining item is needed and put those things back in the purse.
I love this. Love. it. When I get a receipt, I can just slip it in the pouch where it belongs. When I’m done with my pen, I can put it away. No more random junk!
5. Do a quick clean every day, and once a week do an all-out cleaning, if needed.
The best way to keep it nice and clean is to very quickly put everything, such as receipts and gum wrappers, where they belong right away, or at least at the end of the day. My daughter is a genius at this! She actually empties her purse every evening so it’s never a mess. She’s my purse-hero.
But even if you aren’t disciplined enough to clean out your purse every time you use it (I’m talking to myself here!), add this task to your Weekly To Do List and take a few minutes one day a week to clean it out and give yourself a fresh start!
Ahhhh…that’s so much better!