What’s your bag, man?

“What’s another thing I can do every day to get organized besides that genius mail trick you suggested?” Barack Obama asked me during one of our weekly pick-up games.

 

 

 Well, I’m so glad you asked, Barry! There are a ton of things you can do on a daily or weekly basis that can help you to get and stay organized. An easy one that someone on your tight schedule can handle smoothly is emptying out your man purse at the end of the day. I don’t know about you but on a typical day my purse gets jammed to the gills with tissues, receipts, loose change, gum wrappers, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup wrappers, Twinkies wrappers, matchbox cars, ticket stubs from the opera, balls of twine, you know, the usual. I’m sure Michelle has better things to do, like help all those obese kids, than to loot through your satchel, Mr. Messy!

 

Here’s how I break it down…when I get home from a long day, right after I have my nightly hoola hoop session but before I read my plants a bedtime story, I bring my purse to the kitchen table and go through each item.

  • First, I throw out all the trash: tissues, wrappers, etc.
  • Next, I stack up the receipts to be filed. I onlykeep them if they actually need to be filed for tax purposes.
    • I tuck the receipts into their appropriate file folders in my office after I’ve completely gone through my bag.
  • Then I deposit my change into my change jar. This is the change you were talking about, B.O.!
  • Finally, I open up my daily planner and check off that day’s to-do list and pop it back into my purse.  
  • If I’m really feeling all super awesome, I’ll vaccum out the interior of my bag with my Dust Buster.

 

What’s the benefit of this daily (or twice weekly if we’re being realistic) ritual? The benefit is the large sense of relief you’ll feel when you reach into your bag the very next day and find exactly what you’re looking for at exactly the right time. We all know how frustrating it is to be running for the subway, searching for a metrocard (it should be in the same spot in your wallet every time) only to tear apart your bag and come up with a wad of Starbucks napkins to see the F train sail right by. Half the battle of an organized purse is buying one that has enough interior pockets in the first place. A lot of sensible tote bags don’t offer many interior pockets so create your own compartments with mini bags and designate duties for each pouch. One pouch could be for receipts, one pouch could be for mints and gum, one pouch could be for First Aid supplies, etc…

 

 

 

 

How do you make your bag work for you?

 

With love, light and less clutter,

Jeni

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