Task 35 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge


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


Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks - Task 35

Inside your 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.

Do you store way too many extra ‘things’ in your handbag?  Does your phone ring and you can’t find it because of all the ‘stuff’? I am guilty of this at times, in fact when I met Donna Hay recently I had to put my bag on the ground and rummage through it to find my phone for a photo, how embarrassing.    Do you lose your keys??  I have more paper clutter in my handbag more than anything – shopping lists, receipts, specials brochures, to-do lists.

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.

I store my handbag on a hook in our school bag nook.

bag nook

 Todays task is to:

decluttering & cleaning your handbag

So I thought today’s challenge be as simple as throw away 5 things cluttering your handbag.  But please don’t stop at 5 though,  if you have 8 or 10 please continue.  What do we really need to keep in our handbag, here what is inside my bag:

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Keys
  • Purse
  • Mobile Phone
  • Lipbalm
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterbottle
  • Ladies product (zippered away, for emergencies)
  • Panadol
  • Hairtie
  • Lipstick/gloss
  • A fold up bag for shopping at places like Target and Spotlight that are now bag free

I keep things like nail files, hand moisturising, anti-bacterial gel, hairties, first aid-kit in my car rather than my handbag and use them while sitting at traffic lights.

How many items have you been able to purge today?

I would like to see a photo of your purge pile on Instagram, use the hashtag #declutter52


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