So, one of my girlfriends asked me, “how does a busy, professional woman keep their purse organized?” To be honest, 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 must 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 am here to offer some advice. 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 being used on the daily.
Dump everything out of your purse and discard items like dried up pens and old receipts. If you have personal items that you stored inside of your purse while rushing, then be sure to find the appropriate storage place for those items.
Use small pouches to store cosmetics or personal items which will be neatly contained and readily accessible. You no longer will have to rummage through your purse to find these items. If you’re a visual person, then use a clear pouch which will allow you to quickly view the contents.
Sort through your wallet and remove credit cards and health insurance cards that you don't use frequently. If you’ve ever experienced losing your wallet then you know how much of a hassle it is to order a replacement card. Place these cards in a secure place at home but be sure to place them inside of your wallet when you know there is an immediate use.
If applicable, then utilize the built-in pockets inside of the purse. You can use the pockets to store items that you need to access quickly, like a pen, cellphone or your sunglasses.
An organized system within your purse saves you time for having to look all over the place for your items.
By having an organized system in your purse, you are saving yourself time and being granted with a peace of mind because you have eliminated the clutter. 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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