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11 simple steps to cleaning out your purse

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Is the weight of your purse or tote enough to keep your chiropractor’s children in private school for several years?

If so, it’s time to clean it out.

Now, don’t give me the stink-eye for getting all up in your business. I’m talking to myself, too. I could open my own retail store with all the “necessities” I carry in my purse. 😬

Apparently I think I’m the only human capable of ensuring that everyone else’s needs are covered.

When they need a Band-Aid. When they need a tissue. When they need a nail clipper.

A safety pin. A piece of gum. Hand cream. Hand sanitizer (I carried that in my purse way before covid, LOL). … You could call me the Swiss Army knife of friends.

Can you relate?

Sometimes we don’t spend much time thinking about the little things that weigh us down (both physically and mentally) until someone points it out.

I got an email this week that prompted me to think about what I carry in my purse, so I thought I’d urge you to clean out YOUR purse. 😊

The good news is that I recently did a massive purge. The bad news is that I recently did a massive purge. 😂 (Good for me because it needed to be done; bad for you because I don’t have a photo to share, LOL.)

So … let’s do this thang. You know you need to.

NOTE: If you don’t carry a “purse” but have a tote, a backpack, a diaper bag or something else that needs to be decluttered, you’re not off the hook. For efficiency, I’m using the word purse, but it means all those things.

11 Simple Steps to Cleaning out Your Purse

  1. Find a flat surface — maybe your bed, maybe a large countertop — that’s large enough to allow you to see all the contents you’re about to sort through. You might want to spread a towel to collect debris that you can shake into a trashcan when you’re finished.
  2. Remove all the items from your bag. You can take them out in handfuls or turn the bag upside down and DUMP. Just get it out there. Don’t forget to check all the pockets.
  3. Sort the items into piles or stacks by category (receipts, personal-care items, payment methods, etc.).
  4. Decide whether something needs to be recycled, thrown away or returned to your bag when you’re finished decluttering. Some people say receipts aren’t recyclable, but I think it depends on the type of paper they’re printed on. I shred, then toss into the trashcan.
    TIP: Consider having future receipts come by email rather than a printout; some stores give that option. (It’s also kinder to the environment.)
  5. Toss the trash, and take recyclable items to the recycle bin.
    TIP: If you have sale circulars, catalogs or other mail that contains your address or other personal info, tear off that section and put it in your shred bin.
  6. Decide what’s going back in and what doesn’t need to be in your bag. Be selective. Remember your chiropractor bill. 🙂
  7. Decide where each item needs to go.
  8. Contain like items by category in small zippered bags, bottles or other containers. I just ordered this set of 30 mesh zippered bags from Amazon, and I plan to add labels to them. In a future post, I’ll show you how I put them to use (not just in my purse but around the house and maybe some for my mom’s purse).
  9. Clean your bag before you put everything back. Mine always seems to have little specks of dirt and other detritus at the bottom, so I hold it over a trashcan and shake. If there’s more left, wipe it out with your hand or a rag, or go over it with a lint brush. Don’t forget to clean the outside of the bag if it needs it.
  10. Return all the things you’re keeping, neatly corralled into containers.
  11. Commit to cleaning out your bag once a week. You don’t have to empty everything every time, but you’re certainly welcome to do that. I won’t stop you!

Now, sit back and say ahhhhh. Why didn’t I do this sooner?

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Now for some fun: What’s the most random or bizarre thing in your purse right now? Leave a comment and let me know.

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