Declutter your handbag

Declutter your handbag

When was the last time you emptied your handbag?

So many of us just grab their bag and run with it. Whether we’re talking about your handbag, purse or work bag, your shoulders are suffering. Remember the last time your friend or spouse picked up your bag and shrieked: “What all do you have in here?” I’m very certain I’ve asked one of my friends this question in the last 5 days!

Why not change this? Today! Lift the weight of your shoulders. Declutter your handbag:

Everything in the open

Take everything, yes, everything out. What did you find? Some little surprises? I bet there’s something unusual or forgotten!


Easy things you can throw out are bits like:

  • Used tissues
  • Pens that no longer write
  • Candy wrappers
  • Receipts
  • Post its
  • Old invites
  • Sugar sachets
  • Plastic cutlery


There’s probably been a lot of stuff that doesn’t even belong in your handbag anymore. Let’s see what you can reduce and lift some more weight of your shoulders:

  • Pens (how many do you really write with)?
  • Newspapers and magazines (rip out the articles you want to read)
  • Spare change (put it into your savings jar at the end of each day)
  • Aspirin and other medication (unless you have a medical condition)
  • Make up (putting your one mascara, plasters and hair pins into a small bag makes it so much easier to take them out but how many different lipsticks do you apply?)
  • Sunglasses (again, how many do you wear?)
  • Notebooks (stick to one)

What do you need tomorrow?

For most of us, the battery of our phone doesn’t last more than a day. If you’re a heavy user, you may need to bring your charger to keep you going. What else do you need?

  • Purse/wallet
  • Headsets
  • Business cards
  • Keys (home, car/bike, office)

Decluttering your handbag for the first time may surprise you. Did you carry half of your household and office with you? Isn’t it any wonder why your shoulders were tired?

As you prepare for the next day, just take what you need.

Start decluttering your handbag on a weekly basis. It will make such a difference and you won’t believe how quickly it becomes a regular practice for you.

Until next time,

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