I was out of ideas for purse posts, so I had a chat with my kids. “I need a purse post,” I said. One of my daughters came up with, “How much money women spend on purses.” She thought that would be fascinating to read. The rest of us did not. Someone suggested, “The things in a purse” but that was too generic and overdone for my taste – especially since I already wrote a post like that!
Then it came, “Mom, you should write about how to keep your purse clean. ‘Cause yours is really bad, so you need that! And if you need that, other moms do too probably.”
How exactly am I supposed to write about how to keep your purse clean when I *can’t* keep my purse clean? I asked my kids that question. They came up with a couple of suggestions to get the ideas flowing.
The top answer from all kids: “Don’t keep unnecessary receipts in your purse.” Aha! Here’s my idea: Let’s put an envelope in my purse to keep *necessary* receipts since they don’t fit in my billfold. All the rest can go immediately into the trash or maybe on the floor of my car. Shhh! Don’t tell my husband I said that. I pay my daughter to clean my car out – so he never needs to know!
Another big winner: “Don’t leave opened chocolate bars in your purse.” Oh boy. My kids know me too well! Yikes. Okay, so I’m translating this one to, “Eat all the chocolate.” That’s my goal in life now! Every time I get chocolate, I have to eat it all at once. I think I can handle that.
After that, the kids kind of got bored of the topic, leaving me to come up with the rest on my own.
Put all loose change into a ziplock bag. I’ve tried to get change purses, but they just end up overflowing or breaking. A small ziplock bag is never filled completely, and is handy to find the change at parking meters. The times I’ve remembered to keep said bag in my purse, it has been a game changer!
Clean out the random trash that collects in there daily. I so wish I could make this a habit! Even if I throw all the random receipts on the floor of my car waiting for identity thieves, I still end up with stacks of gum wrappers, straw wrappers, gum, random receipts that slip through the cracks, and pieces of plastic. Plastic wrappers from who knows where. My little kids think my purse is a trash bag when we go places.
Use baby wipes to clean out the crumbs. How does my purse get crumbs in it??? I have no idea! And yet, there they are. Food crumbs. Cracker crumbs. Something. I don’t know where they come from or what they even are, but once a week at least I need to wipe out the inside of my purse with a baby wipe to catch all the crumbs. I used to carry a full pack of baby wipes (when I had babies), but now I like those little flat wipe containers you find in the checkout lanes.
Put all the things away. Somehow, my purse accumulates random things. Random things make my purse heavy and jumbled and hard to find anything. I kinda want to make this a chore for one of my kids, since I am pretty sure they are the owners of all the random things (especially the LEGOs). But then they would probably find and take random things that I actually need in my purse – like the chapstick. Someone is always taking my chapstick! So I need to put all the things away myself. To protect my chapstick. And my chocolate. (Shh!)
Keep stuff in little bags. I could have a little bag for charger cords and my portable charger. A little bag of lipstick, chapstick, and lotion. A little bag for coins. (I already said that didn’t I?) A little bag for receipts. A little bag for notes and calendar. A little bag for pens and pencils. A little bag for private toiletry type thingies. I could have fifteen little bags in my purse. Good grief. This is why I need a big purse!
Carry a refreshing spray. Socks and shoes. In my purse. Why? And when they were little it was breastmilk drops and pump parts and smelly formula bottles. Culprits are always making my purse smell! So my thought is, why not carry a little refreshing spray made of essential oils? Not only can I use it to freshen up the inside of my purse, I can use it to freshen up myself!
Keep all the shopping “bonus” cards on a keychain. Punch holes in all your rewards cards and membership cards and keep them on a keychain instead of stuffing your billfold full of them or letting them all float around in your purse. Not only does it make the dumb things easy to find, it keeps the clutter down in your purse so you can find what you need.
Carry a little empty bag for old tissues. Maybe you don’t have this issue. I have serious sinus issues that make my nose run constantly. Plus I have six kids. Dirty tissues are always floating around in my purse. So a little grocery bag or ziplock waiting to hold all the snottiness in one place is a good idea. And a lot less gross.
There you go – ten ideas to help keep your purse clean. But I’d love to hear more from you!
Tell me in the comments what you do to keep your purse clean!
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