Task 13 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – Inside Your Handbag

It’s week 13 of my Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge. If you haven’t signed up yet, join me today as I help you remove all those things in your home you no longer need or use.

Handbags aren’t just a fashion statement, they are essential for carrying around all our ‘stuff’, but they are also one item we forget to keep clean and organised.

Handbags aren’t just a fashion statement, they are essential for carrying around all our ‘stuff’, but they are also one item we forget to keep clean and organised.

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Decluttering Task #13

Inside Your Handbag

Do you store way too many extra ‘things’ in your handbag?  Do you lose your keys? Does your phone ring and you can’t find it because of all the ‘stuff’? I have been guilty of this at times. There was actually this one day met I Donna Hay and I had to put my bag on the ground and rummage through it to find my phone for a photo, how embarrassing.

I usually have more paper clutter in my handbag more than anything – shopping lists, receipts, brochures, to-do lists.

  SHOP BELOW: handbag and dress

Handbags aren’t just a fashion statement, they are essential for carrying around all our ‘stuff’, but they are also one item we forget to keep clean and organised.

TODAY’S TASK: CLEAN OUT YOUR HANDBAG, PURGE ANYTHING YOU NO LONGER NEED TO BE CARRYING AROUND

Note: My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit

  • Take everything out of your handbag, grouping like items together. ie pens, lipstick.
  • Throw out all rubbish
  • File away receipts
  • Remove anything that you don’t want to put back into your handbag
  • Place items back into handbag storing like items together.  ie. lipstick/gloss, tampons, together in a zippered section.

Do you feel like at times you have a handbag like Mary Poppins, storing everything but the kitchen sink in there?  I now have a small handbag and only carry minimal stuff with me.  I had to do this because my handbag ended up really hurting my shoulder, so I have a small cross over the body bag and inside I keep:

  • Pen
  • Keys
  • Purse
  • Mobile Phone
  • Lipbalm
  • Sunglasses
  • Tampons
  • Panadol
  • Hair tie
  • Lipstick/gloss
  • A fold up bag for shopping

  CLICK FOR OUTFIT DETAILS: Dress, shoes and handbag

Handbags aren’t just a fashion statement, they are essential for carrying around all our ‘stuff’, but they are also one item we forget to keep clean and organised.

Have you ever considered how dirty the outside of your handbag is?  While it may look clean more than likely it has germs and bacteria all over it.   Along with decluttering your handbag today, please take some time today to clean your handbag.

I see women place their handbags on public bathroom floors, eew, please use the hooks on the back of the door ladies!  They are also often placed on the floor at your feet while you are seated on a bus, at the movies, in a food court etc.  Your handbag has now picked up all the germs, dirt and bacteria from each of these places.  Further to add to this disturbing information, what do you do with your handbag when you get home? Do you place it on the kitchen bench or dining table?  If so, you are now spreading from your bag to your table, it is an endless cycle.

  READ MORE: How to clean the outside of your handbag + my natural Handbags aren’t just a fashion statement, they are essential for carrying around all our ‘stuff’, but they are also one item we forget to keep clean and organised.

How many items have you been able to purge today?

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5 comments

Fay March 27, 2019 - 8:43 AM

This week I am cleaning out my storeroom. Bottling jars down to 40 and everything off the floor. Decorative pots for presents, after I have potted something beautiful in them, all in one place in garden shed. Handbag – I already clean that out once a week.
When you have been in one house a long time there are some really big declutter challenges. Always feels good to lighten the load.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 2, 2019 - 4:10 PM

well done Fay it sounds like you did a great declutter!

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Anita March 27, 2019 - 3:55 PM

My handbag is pretty under control. I still lose my keys though, when I dont put them in the little side pocket where they should go. I have my keys, my phone, my wallet, a small pencil case (ex teacher-force of habit but really useful) and a small zip up bag with all the toiletry type items….lip balm, tissues, panadol, bandaids, handcream, tiny brush, mints). I regularly toss out the lists, because i am a list maker too!

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Justine March 28, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Oh, this is so timely. My handbag has gotten quite messy recently with increased busy-ness. I am sure there are 6 lipsticks lurking in there! Thanks for the push. I will get it sorted. Who knows what other treasures lurk in the depths of my handbag?!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 2, 2019 - 4:11 PM

lol they really can be like a magic bag sometimes, who knows how we fit so much in there!

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