How to Organize Your Purse & Makeup Bag

Today is Week 3 of the 52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge.  We’re working on purses and make up bags.  Why?  Because purses and make up bags are a part of our every day lives and they get plain messy!  Oh and the other reason is because it’s on the list.  :)

Makeup Bag & Purse - Cleaning it out.

So, how do we keep these things under control?

I’m eager to hear exactly how you do this, but…. for me, being the ultimate procrastinator that I am, I wait until my purse is overflowing with receipts and spilling junk out and THEN suddenly I decide it’s time to clean it out. For my make up bag, I don’t have to clean it out quite as often, but when I do, it’s usually because I’ve opened up 2 empty mascaras in a row….and I wonder which one is the one that actually has some mascara left in it.  You don’t do that do you?  :)

5 Tips to Keep the Junk in Your Purse Under Control

  1. Keep your receipts together – Many people will put the receipts in their wallet, but they tend to get out of control quickly, making your wallet a wreck.  Consider carrying a ziplock bag to contain your receipts in.  I keep mine in a zippered compartment in the middle of my purse.  Decide if you will need the receipt and pitch any receipts you don’t need to keep.
  2. Buy purses with lots of different pockets and compartments.  That way you can designate a place for each thing you keep in your purse for long periods of time.  If you don’t like this kind of purse, you can purchase pouches that you can set inside of the purse.  This would also make switching purses much easier, if you’re one who likes to change purses on a regular basis.
  3. Make sure you buy a purse with a light colored lining, rather than dark colors.  Dark colors, like black, make it impossible to find things in.  I cannot stress the difference that it made when I switched from a dark colored lining to a light colored one.  It was amazing.  I went from always losing everything to always finding things.
  4. Set aside 5 minutes each week to get rid of anything in your purse that doesn’t belong.  If you’re really doing this weekly, it won’t take more than 5 minutes.
  5. Simplify – Only keep the things in your purse that you really need.  Don’t keep lots of things in your purse on a just in case basis.

 

Keep Your Makeup Bag Organized, too

 

For me, the larger my makeup bag, the messier it became.  When it came time for me to keep my makeup bag under control, I switched to a much smaller bag, keeping only the essentials in it.  I have foundation, eye liner, mascara and lipstick in it.  It is all that I really need and use.  I love how I never have to dig very far to find what I need.

 

How I Did….

 

Purse & Makeup Bag 2

I like this week, because it was quick and easy.

My purse was a mess….. I dumped it all out on the floor….

Purse & Makeup Bag

 

Then I put it all back in, making sure to actually put the things I want to find in the inside pockets.

 

For the makeup bag.  It wasn’t as cluttered, but I did take everything out and wiped it all down with a baby wipe.  I had my eye liner sharpener in there and it was dripping eye liner chunks all over the place…..so really, everything inside of there had to get wiped down.  Plus, I had to remove all the eye liner chunks off of my sharpener.  What a difference that will make!  It already feels so much better!

 

Makeup Bag

 

 

What do Others Do?

Karin says:  Carry the smallest purse possible! Evaluate each item you haul around day in and day out.

 

Melanie says:  I made up a small makeup bag of items I would take if I were traveling. The surprising thing was I never used anything else! Easy way to see what needs decluttering.

 

Lori says:  Clean out your purse and car weekly.  

 

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Cleaning Out Your Makeup Bag & Purse

 

What about you?  Have you cleaned out your purse and makeup bag yet?  How does it feel?

 

Next week:

We’re working on switching out and storing the seasonal clothes.  You know this is a hated job for many people.  If you have any tips that would work well for others and make our lives easier, be sure to share them here in a comment or on Facebook!!  We will all thank you for it!    if you’re still following along, let me know how you’re doing.

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Clean Your Vehicles! – {Week 2 – 52 Week Organized Home Challenge}

It’s Week 2 of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge!  Welcome back!  How are you doing on your goals so far?

 

Last week, we did socks.  This week, it’s time to clean out our vehicles.  (If you’d like to see what we’ll be working on all year, go here:  52 Week Organized Home Challenge).

 

CLEAN YOUR VEHICLE - WEEK 2 OF ORGANIZED HOME CHALLENGE

 

I chose when to schedule when I had to clean out my vehicle, very carefully.  I knew we’d be going on vacation and I would need to clean it out.  Not only did I need to clean it out, but the day we got home, I had to clean it out again, as my husband was taking a van load to the Kansas City Royals baseball game the very next day.  My little kids seem to think that trash is to be put on the floor while traveling.  ARGH

 

As a large family mother of 7 children, we have a very difficult time getting our 15 passenger van cleaned out on a regular basis.  There’s lots of little kids.  There’s lots of seats and only so much energy from these old parents.  We’re getting better though.  The trick is to not let it get so bad and utilize your helpers!

 

Van

 

 

Are you one that lets your car get really trashed out and dirty, too?  I guess we get excited about getting home, that we don’t want to make multiple trips to the car to carry everything in.  If you have trouble with this (or even if you don’t), here’s your action steps…

 

1.  Remind everyone to not leave the vehicle without their arms full of things that need to go in the house or in the trash.  Even little kids can carry something light.

 

2.  Have something in the car to catch the miscellaneous stuff.  For me, I bought 2 bins.  One was for trash, one for things that go in the house.  Now, use them!  If you fill the trash one up, you can stop at a gas station or car wash or dumpster to dump it out.

 

3.  Create a system!  Not only do you need to get your stuff pulled out regularly, but we need to get it to where we do it automatically.  That’s the hard part, isn’t it?  Train the kids that trash only belongs in a trash bag or can.  If there’s none available, train them to take it inside as soon as you get home.  Reward them if you have to.

 

4.  Schedule yourself a time to vacuum and dust your vehicle out.  This can be as often as you’re comfortable with.  I hear that doing it weekly makes the job much easier, but doing it monthly could sound a bit more reasonable to you.  Really, there’s no right answer here.  You know how bad your car gets and you know how much time you have.  Give it the time it needs.  If you don’t let your kids eat in the car, you’re less likely to need to vacuum as often.  If they do, well….you know how that goes.  Vacuum away!  :)  Better yet, assign a kid that chore.

 

For me, it’s more about the clutter left within the van, than the crumbs.  Yes, it does get crumby, but that doesn’t bother me nearly as much as the clutter and trash.  (We seem to have a pattern of clutter!)  After our vacation, we pulled out a whole trash bag of trash.  We were not using a system!  We did not remind the kids to throw their things out on a regular basis.  We let it pile.  Not good.

 

Products to Help You

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Here, you can see a bin on Amazon similar to the two bins that we use.  We just happen to have room in our large van for a bin of this size.

Sterilite basket

If you don’t, there’s other options out there.

 

What about this collapsible trash can?

collapsible trash can

 

or this back of the seat trash container:

seat back trash container

or better yet, this leak proof litter basket for your car:

Leak Proof Trash for Car

 

 

What Others Suggested:

I asked how other people keep their cars clean on Facebook and I got all sorts of hilarious answers.  Things like, don’t have children, don’t allow your children to travel with you, don’t use your cars, etc.  :)  It was fun, but I did get a few more useable answers, too.  I’m sharing some of them below:

Karin says:  1. Every time you get out of the car, take your trash with you. Children can do this, too. There are trash cans everywhere! At the very least, throw away the trash when you get gas.
2. Only drink water in the car. This is huge for cleanliness AND healt
h. No more mystery sticky gooey messes… 
3. Whatever you bring to the car, take back out — every time. Children can do this. Learn and play some “stuff-free” games in the car.
4. Be a role model and make it fun! Smile and create games to get into the new habits. 

 

Ginny says:  Put shower curtains in trunk to keep clean.

 

Jamie says:Routine. I vacuum it out every Monday. It makes it easy and quick since it doesnt get too bad week by week rather than waiting until it’s awful and takes a long time. As I vacuum, if I find something in the van that doesn’t belong, I toss it in the trunk. After school, kids can sort thru that.

 

Connie says:  Never eat in it! Our kids are 18 & 15 and have never had more than water in our cars. 

 

Kelly says:  Remove everything as soon as you get home…don’t wait until “tomorrow”

 

Aja says: Everyone grabs something out of the car every time we get home.

 

 Jaimie says:  Walmart bags for trash…Windex or car wipes to wipe down when waiting in long lines, Febreeze clips for nice smell.

 

Karin says:  We keep a tarp in the back of each vehicle (trunk or “way back” in the hatchback) to make clean-up easier.   The people area of our cars are always clean/organized since we take out anything we brought into the car each time. The trunk and “way back” are disasters at this time of year! Our summers are ACTIVE and we still have summer weather.

 

Janet says: I pay a monthly fee for car washes and cleaning. One price for as many times as i want it done inside and out. I keep a grocery bag in it for garbage and baby wiped in glove box for quick wipe ups. No eating in my car — just drinks. But nothing with sugar or cream that will stain. So no soda or sugary coffee drinks

 

These are some great ideas, ladies!  Thank you for sharing them!

 

Now it’s YOUR turn.

How’d you do?  Did you get your car cleaned out?  Do you already have a good handle on it?

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Clean Your Vehicle - 52 Week Organized Home Challenge

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Next Week

Next week we are working on our make up bags and purses.  Do you have any tips for how to organize your make up bag or purse?  How do you keep yours cleaned out?  Do you have anything special you do?  How do you choose what to keep in them?  Please email me, leave me a comment on this post or on Facebook and fill me in.  I love including your ideas into these posts!  It makes the posts that much more valuable!

If you want to see where we’re we’ve been so far and where we’re headed in the coming weeks please check in below.  If you’re new, just jump in where you are.  We’d love to have you along for the ride!

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What to Look for in a Good Disposable Baby Diaper

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Quinnly just turned 6 months this month.  Isn’t she a sweetie?  I can’t believe 6 months has already gone by!

Huggies Diapers

She’s been a skinny mini and gaining weight slowly which has kept me on the hunt for the perfect diaper!  If the diaper doesn’t fit just right, it will leak and cause problems that nobody wants to deal with!  That’s why I was extremely happy to find Huggies® Little Snugglers diapers!  They fit everything I ever wanted in a diaper.

Tummy Time

What I Look for in a Good Disposable Diaper

 

No Leaking – The #1 rule is the diaper can’t leak!  That means it has to fit just right.  Huggies® Little Snugglers get this right!  They have a unique, stretchy Snug-fit waistband, that provides a gentle, secure fit.  As long as I have the right size of diaper on Quinnly, they do not leak!

 

Cloth Like Comfort – I like the diapers I buy to feel comfortable to my touch, so hopefully my baby will be as comfortable as possible. (After all, I don’t want her to be crying because she’s uncomfortable, do I?!)  Even though I’m going to throw it away, I don’t want it to feel like paper!  The Huggies Little Snugglers come about as close to feeling like cloth as you can get, without actually being cloth diapers.  But, instead of sitting in moisture, it gets any moisture away from the baby’s bottom, making it easy on the skin.   It’s cushiony layer of protection with hundreds of tiny absorbent pillows helps to draw mess away from my baby’s delicate skin.

 

Feet & Diaper

 

Wetness Indicator – This is one of those features that I didn’t really realize I’d use, but enjoy being able to tell if my baby is wet without squeezing her diaper between my fingers to check.  I can actually see if the line on her diaper changes colors or not.  If it is no longer a pale yellow, your baby is wet.  Easy as that!

Here’s a picture of a diaper of her with a dry diaper….

 

Dry Diaper

 

and then here she is, with the line a blueish green color, when she’s wet.

 

Wet Diaper

 

Availability - I can find these diapers easily, even at my local grocery store and other mass merchandisers!  They even come in preemie sizes and go all the way up to size 3.  It was so easy to find my Huggies® Little Snugglers at Target in the diaper section of the baby aisle.  I was in and out in a flash!  Of course, if you don’t have a Target nearby or are in a small town, you can always order from Target.com.

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers - Size 1

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