Your handbag is a portable reflection of how you are feeling: light and organised or weighted with chaos. Let’s admit it most of us have a favourite handbag that we use on a daily basis which carries our basic necessities such as a purse, mobile, tissues, your keys, pen, nail file, sunglasses and a small make-up bag. It’s important to care for your handbag and to ensure its longevity for several years – especially if you love it! So when was the last time you cleaned out your handbag let alone kept it organised.
Read on for 5 simple tips on how to keep your handbag clean and organised...
1. Clean It Up
First empty all the contents of your handbag. Then either shake gently or with a soft cloth, brush away loose debris both inside and outside the bag. You can also use a lint brush if that is easier. Identify the material of handbag (eg leather, patent leather, straw, vinyl and with the exception of suede bags), then use a soft wet cloth in a cleaning solution suitable for your bag. Wring the cloth almost dry and start wiping the internal and external areas of your handbag; including the handles, the zips, compartments, pockets, clasps, straps (where a lot of grime collects). Rinse the cloth and just wipe down with water to remove any excess solution. Let it sit to dry completely and continue with the following steps. (Tip: Test a small area of the handbag if you’re unsure of the cleaning solution and its effects).
2. Let’s Get Organised
That moment of shock when you forget to put the cap on your pen or the lid on your lipstick only to realise that the ink has leaked and your lipstick has been smothered all
over the inside of your fresh white-lined handbag… Oh! No. Yes, that’s happened to me. So it is always favourable to invest in a quality handbag that includes time-saving features such as compartments, zippered spaces, internal separators, and side or outside pockets perhaps for your mobile. Take charge and organise your handbag so that everything you need is easily accessible; whether it’s in a pocket, a wallet, or a separate zippered pouch. (See below for the extra handbag organiser insert)
3. Ask yourself, “Do I really need it?”
Did you know that for optimal health, your handbag shouldn’t weigh over 1.4kg (3 pounds) and you should rotate the handbag from the left and the right shoulder on a daily basis to minimise strain. I implore you to reconsider what you carry around in your handbag and ask yourself
if you really need it. Do you really need five shades of lipstick or the stationery cupboard? I, doubt it. Minimise the ‘essentials’ in your handbag by swapping full-sized beauty items for their travel-size counterparts so that your bag and your shoulders aren’t overwhelmed and to use a variety of different coloured pouches to separate and contain like-items; make-up or pens, inside your bag. A good tip is to make it a habit of going through your handbag once every couple of weeks and throw things out and take out things you don’t need like old receipts, wrappers, or brochures that you’ve picked up along the way.
4. Avoid Card Overload
We all love to maximise our savings on purchases usually through loyalty cards but it’s tough keeping your handbag light when you’re carrying around a myriad of cards. Look for apps that allow you to store or scan your cards so that you don’t have to worry about lugging around an extra wallet just for these cards. If you’re not tech savvy (and let’s face it some of us aren’t) or you prefer to carry the carry the cards, it is best to carry your loyalty cards in a separate wallet, stored alphabetically for easy access.
5. Handbag Organiser Insert
Of course if you don’t wish to purchase a new handbag with established compartments or your existing one doesn’t have any, you can always buy a handbag organiser that you insert into your handbag. They come in either a plastic (which is not always good because it’s not a material that breathes) or a material fabric (preferable). There are a myriad of these products on the market so choose the one that best suits your needs. The bonus is that it makes it easy to transfer your items from one bag to another as long as they are of similar size and everything is compartmentalised for easy access and organisation.
So now that you have overhauled your handbag and it is supremely cleaned and organised you can march on with your daily activities knowing that whatever you need at any given time is just a zip or a pocket away in your tote or handbag. Remember to routinely clean out your handbags every couple of weeks!