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Purse Organization: How to Organize the Inside of your Handbag

This post was sponsored by Playtex® Simply Gentle Glide™. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Purse Organization: How to Organize the Inside of your Handbag – Keeping related items in one spot, in a designated pouch can help you say “goodbye” to purse digging!

Purse Organizer - DIY Purse Organization and how to organize the inside

Purse Organization

Oh how excited I am to finally be sharing with you, my purse organization strategy.

As you know, when it comes to organizing, I owe all of my natural organizing “skillz” to my momma. She is a genius when it comes to making sure that everything has a “home,” and growing up seeing that… I’ve developed SOME of the same tendencies when it comes to organization.

But First…

Before I deep dive into how I save my sanity when it comes to organizing my purse, I want to give a big thank you to Playtex® Simply Gentle Glide™ for sponsoring this post, so I can keep sharing free, helpful things like this with you!

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How to Organize the Inside of your Handbag

What I’m sharing today isn’t a certain organization product that you have to purchase at the store, but rather a system that you can implement and create in your own handbag, for exactly what YOU need!

Purse from Nordstrom - How to organize a handbag

The purse I decided to use today for this tutorial is a larger handbag, without dividers, because I feel that these are a major culprit of where things tend to disappear in to the big black “hole.”

How to organize beauty items inside of a purse

1. Health + Beauty Pouch

I start organizing by categorizing the items in my purse, and since my health and beauty items tend to take up most of the space, I start organizing these.

Using a small makeup bag, I place items in it like:

  • Playtex® Simply Gentle Glide Tampons
  • Mirror
  • Nail Kit
  • Lotion
  • Facial Tissues
  • Lip Gloss
  • Hair Tie + Hair Pins
  • Pain Reliever
  • Hand Sanitizer

Mini organizer - small items for inside of a purse

I also include a smaller pouch that includes teeny tiny beauty “emergency” items like:

  • Deodorant Wipes
  • Needle + Thread
  • Fingernail File
  • Mouthwash
  • Fabric Tape
  • Lip Balm

Then, I just slip the little pouch into the makeup bag, and it’s all contained in one spot! No more digging and fumbling around looking for what you need, when you need it.

Separate kids items in purse to organize

2. Kid Zone

If you’re not a mom then this may not pertain to you… but I’m going to go out on a limb and say you can use this idea for your own stationary needs though too.

I’d much rather have any items that my kids may want or need while out in public, all in one spot. Usually, when they want or ask for something out of my purse, it’s because we need it in a hurry.

You know what I’m talking about. The moments in the store when you just want to get grocery shopping done and they’re so over sitting in the cart, or when you’re out to dinner with friends and they’re getting antsy?

It’s like you can’t get something out fast enough to hopefully entertain them so you can finish.

This pouch (which is typically another small makeup bag, or a pencil bag will work) is where I keep things like colored pencils, small notepads, and small little toys. Then, when I need to grab something for them, I can easily grab this bag and everything I need for them is right there, super handy.

Where I keep my phone, pen keys and other items that are often grabbed

3. Convenience Pocket

You know what pocket I’m talking about… the one that almost every.single.purse has. Friends, don’t fall in to the trap of slipping everything into this pocket.

Save this little handy feature for ONLY the items that you need to access often. Things like:

  • Keys
  • Phone
  • Sunglasses
  • Pen
  • Gum

It may be hard at first to get used to placing those items in to that pocket only, but after a while, it will become second nature to slip your keys and other important items in that handy spot.

What a world of peace you have when you actually find something that you need quickly.

The items I keep inside of my purse to organize it

File Them In

After the small items are organized into bigger items, it’s time to start placing them inside your purse.

During this, I don’t so much worry about where things go, because this part typically moves around quite a bit and that’s not a big deal when the pouches are big enough to see and grab when needed.

Biggest item in the purse first, to keep things organized

TIP: Now although it doesn’t really matter how and where you place your items in to your purse, I DO typically try and place the biggest item in first if I have more of a narrow handbag, so I’m not having to pull big things out to find the smaller items.

Next, wallet for the purse organization

My Purse Contents:

In my bag, you’ll find my makeup bag and wallet and kid zone bag…

Purse organization - how to keep things organized

If there's room, and when I'm working, I keep my planner and laptop in my purse too.

…then depending on the handbag, if I have room for my planner, that is DEFINITELY going with me. Odds are, when I don’t have it on me, I need it.

How to organize a purse: Purse organizer

In this specific handbag, I love how I also have room for a bottle of water to take along.

Not Pictured:

I do also keep my son’s emergency epilepsy medicine in the right-hand side, of this purse, which comes in a large plastic box… but I knew that this doesn’t apply to a lot of you, so I purposely left it out.

Although, I still have room for that on the other end of my purse! So if you have things like epi-pens, or other medical items to carry around with you, then you can totally relate! If it’s smaller medicine, then keeping it in the health and beauty pouch would work perfectly for this!

When you need something in a hurry, especially a medical emergency, what a life-saver (literally) having it all organized, can be. Right?

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Final Thoughts

In a nutshell, keep it simple, use what you have on hand and your purse can quickly be something that’s no longer a black hole where things disappear.

So as you can see, you don’t need a lot of extras or a big fancy organization system for your purse. In today’s world, sometimes there’s just too much extra! Just like when it comes to your tampons, you want them to work with the things you need – comfort, protection, and none of the “extra” bells and whistles you don’t.

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What Did I Miss?

What do you keep in your purse? I’d love to hear. Did I forget something? Let me know in the comments below, and share this post with your friends to help them snag some purse organization sanity too!

13 thoughts on “Purse Organization: How to Organize the Inside of your Handbag

  1. Oh yes, larger purses can turn into a bottomless pit, or so it seems. Organizing is key for those who carry them if they want to find what they’re looking for without dumping everything out.

    1. Jessica says:

      Right! I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

  2. Vanessa says:

    Where did you purchase your purse? It’s cute!

    1. Jessica says:

      Hey!! I actually received it in one of my Trunk Club boxes, but it looks like it’s sold out at Nordstrom now. 🙁 However, I’ve found a ton that I like from Express or Charming Charlie. I hope that helps!

  3. Sarah says:

    I change out my purse every season! I am hoping to do the fall switch in a few weeks. I love your tips on compartments/mini pouches.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oooh, switching purses out is the perfect opportunity to organize! Thank you Sarah!

  4. Alli says:

    For one that purse is the cutest thing ever and two I love all these ideas. We consider my purse a horrible form of narnia where whatever goes it gets lost.

    1. Jessica says:

      I seriously just busted laughing out loud. “Horrible form of narnia” is hysterical! Thank you Alli!

  5. This is awesome! Love that it doesn’t take so much space!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!Thank you Erin!!

  6. Such great tips! Thanks for sharing!!

    xo Michael

    1. Jessica says:

      Aw, thank YOU Michael!

  7. Celebrate Woman Today says:

    Excellent examples of how-to’s for the purses!
    Loved it!

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