Step Into Our Handbag

May 19, 2010 at 9:51 pm 5 comments

If you’re a purse loving bag lady (like our darling Beth here) you probably feel overwhelmed with not only the number of handbags, clutches, satchels, and slouchies you’ve accumulated over the years, but with the stuff that piles up inside of them as well.  We’d like to take a minute to address both of these pressing organizational issues.

As we all know, purses are easy and immediate accessories.  They instantly update and complete any outfit (while simultaneously carrying all of your crap).  They are timeless fashion necessities that at first glance say many things about the woman who’s shoulder they adorn.

The Hermes Kelly bag, for instance, says she makes a hell of a lot more money than we do:


A beautiful brown equestrian leather satchel says, well, the same thing:

Beth has 38 (!) purses.  Here are her tips for keeping most of them in rotation (while stylishly storing away those not in immediate use):

Storage Tips

1. Get hooked up.

<—– $10 at Home Depot!

2. For those that like to keep things hidden in storage containers, check out the Closet Clothing Organized App By John Iacoviello for Apple iProducts. It documents your closet items (including handbags); allowing you to plan your outfits even if pieces are stored away. Otherwise taking pictures of your handbags is just as effective.

3. There’s also a ton of storage solutions to help compartmentalize handbags.

4. As with all things in your wardrobe, it’s a good idea to EDIT your bags frequently. Our rule: if you haven’t used the bag in a year its time to say farewell. You’ve had 4 seasons, 12 months, 365 day to use it. Time’s up. Lose it!

Cheryl is a Girl Guide by nature – always prepared.  She only has 5 purses (not a lie) and uses only one consistently. This one poor purse, however, carries an obscene amount of items she can use throughout the day (or if she’s ever launched into Mars).

Keeping It All Together Tips

1. Edit the inside of your bag daily. Remove and archive receipts, take out and put away miscellaneous items, and finally trash the trash (gum wrappers, used Kleenex, the phone number the creepy waiter gave you, the apple you were supposed to eat instead of the chocolate bar.  And while you’re at it get rid of that evidence too!)

2. Key rings for the plethora of cards you own. Punch a hole in the corner of each card and voila!  (You’ll thank us later.)

3. Substantial key chain. Easy to find in your Mary Poppins purse.

4. A removable purse organizer holding all your bits and pieces – check out The “Pouchee” Solution.

5. Always carry reusable bags that fold tiny (smaller than a wallet) and expand for use.  Tres green and chic.


Stay tuned for an “Edit My Wallet” segment to come. What you do with what’s IN your wallet could change your life.


Entry filed under: Closet Organization, Decluttering, Editing, Handbag Organization, Storage Solutions. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , .

We Did it Too (to get you started) Step Into Our Wallet

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Zoe  |  May 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Key ring idea is pure and simple genius! Love it!

    • 2. Edit My Closet  |  May 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      Getting the holes in the cards can be a pain, but it’s well worth the effort.

      Let us know how it goes and, as always, thank you (so much) for your support!

  • 3. Andrew  |  May 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    FOr all the gents that read this – Another idea for lugging around cards and cash (let’s be serious, that’s all most guys need) is to get a money clip. I’ve got a SlimClip and it’s phenomenal!

  • 4. Caitlin  |  June 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I have witnessed the efficiency of the key-ring-card-organizer….awesomem tip!!

  • 5. Step Into Our HookUp «  |  September 29, 2010 at 9:29 am

    […] purses, belts, keys, scarves, jewelry, and hats. Any accessory […]


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