So, one of my girlfriends asked me, “how does a busy, professional woman keep their purse organized?” Honestly, that’s a fair question to ask because the professional woman is always on the go from meetings to networking events and the purse can become a magnet for clutter. If you're in a rush to an event it can be easy to toss an item into your purse and keep it moving. We've all been there before myself included. But I had to stop because I was wasting time searching through my purse for a pen when needed or my lipstick. As a busy professional, time is a factor that is short-lived and you have to be conscious about how you spend your time.
I’ve seen the inside of cluttered purses and I'm not judging - I promise; but I can offer help! Trust, me when I say I use to enjoy carrying my entire bathroom in my purse until I realized that it was weighing me down and all of the items in my purse weren't even daily essentials meaning that I wasn't even using them.
Dump everything out of your purse.
Discard items like dried up pens, old receipts
put away jewelry and other personal items that you dumped inside of your purse in a rush.
Use small pouches to store cosmetics or personal items.
These items are neatly contained and readily accessible.
If you’re a visual person then use a clear pouch which will allow you to view the contents.
Sort through your wallet and remove items that you aren’t currently using,
like credit cards and health insurance cards.
If you’ve ever experienced losing your wallet then you know how much of a hassle it is to order a replacement card. Save yourself the trouble!
If applicable, then utilize the built-in pockets of the purse.
You can use the pockets to store items that you need to access quickly,
like a pen, cellphone or your sunglasses.
Having an organized system in your purse is all about saving time and giving you a peace of mind. As a professional, your life is already hectic so why continue to complicate it when it doesn't need to be. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve asked someone for a pen only to have 5 minutes go by and hear, “oh wait, I just had one - where is that pen? I just used it." Get the point? Time is of the essence and when you're out at a networking event those 5 minutes could have been spent establishing a connection that could grow your network.
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