I love to dress up!
Purses* or handbags, if you prefer, play a big part in my daily outfits. I change them often.
I used to leave the detritus that did not flow into the new bag in the old bag. This was fun when I might find a Benjamin Franklin stuffed in a zippered pocket but, for the most part, I found crumpled tissues, dried-out ballpoint pens and stale Luna bars. Or worse, a receipt that I needed a month earlier or an important business card. So much for networking if you misplace the business card!
Not happy with this system, I happened upon a better way…
First, I hang all of my purses on the back of a closet door and the back of the door in my home office. The closet door is closed so those bags are hidden. The door into the office is always open, so those bags are not visible either. Small bags go inside bigger bags. White cloth covers protect fabric bags and light colored bags.
I keep a basket into which I dump the contents of my bag everyday. I toss the old tissue, ticket stubs, etc.
When I choose my bag for my next outfit, I simply grab the items that I need from the basket. In bad weather, this might include gloves and a beanie. Sunglasses on a sunny day. You get the picture!
Of course, sometimes I have to sort through the basket as it can become the place where many things go to die! Once I empty a bag, I generally shake it out over the trash can in my office to get rid of tiny bits of debris such as lint.
Speaking of bags, my current favorite is a small cross body that I use often, especially when shopping or running errands. It may sound weird, but I wear it while dining out and even when I visit the loo so that I don’t leaving it on the hook in the stall. I did that once in a cafe in Denver. Lucky for me, it was still hanging there when I ran back to the bathroom. My niece was not so lucky last summer.
In the restaurant, it stays off the dirty floor and no one lifts my wallet. Someone did take my wallet once. What a pain!
Whenever I need to carry my IPad, a book, some lunch, I tuck my little bag into my briefcase or a large tote. Even though my cross body bag is small, it holds the essentials.
A bonus of carrying a smaller bag, my left shoulder does not get tired as it does when I schlep a large tote all day.
There you have it. A simple solution to a problem. Now, what to do about my bag buying addiction!
*In this post, I use purse, handbag and bag interchangeably.