Spring is here! And thank goodness for that! Moms everywhere are jumping for joy and singing from the hilltops. Winter is rough. You’re inside a lot more (or all the time, depending on where you live). There’s stuff everywhere and it is just piling up by the day. There’s something about spring that makes everyone want to get organized.
I recently read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have implemented several of her philosophies into my daily life. However, Marie Kondo, the author, recommends that you unpack your handbag every night, lay out its contents nicely and thank your handbag for a job well done. Um, no. That wasn’t realistic for me pre-kids, and it’s certainly not realistic now. However, I do think staying organized is key to being more relaxed and well prepared.
My purse can be a total black hole if I don’t stay on top of things. When you’re rushing around and catering to a tiny human there’s simply not time to take care of things right away! I follow Busy Philipps (busyphilipps) on Instagram (if you don’t already follow her, you need to) and lately she’s been having some mysterious shoulder pain. One day she saw a reflection of herself in the mirror and realized that the amount of stuff she carries around can’t be helping her shoulder situation.
Cleaning out your handbag will lighten your load, literally and metaphorically. You will not believe how much stuff you have until you make the plunge and do some spring cleaning, ToteSavvy style.
- First, as you might imagine, you need to dump everything out of your bag. All of it. Empty all of the pockets in your purse and take everything out from your ToteSavvy. Don’t leave anything behind!
- Get rid of the trash. You know there’s going to be receipts, food wrappers, and gross tissues. Up until very recently, trash was a big problem for me. One thing I have done to combat this is to put a plastic cereal container in my car. If I’m eating, I can throw the wrapper away right there, or if I’m at a stoplight, I’ll take a quick look in my purse to see what I can throw away. I dump it out when I get gas, and I can wash it when it gets gross. Truth be told, I actually keep it buckled in on the passenger side so that it doesn’t slide around. It’s 10% embarrassing and 90% genius, if you ask me. I also keep receipts in my glove compartment so they’re not floating around in my purse.
- Examine what you truly need, not only for you but for your kid(s) as well. What can you store in the car, as opposed to having it on your person just in case? You know your kid, and you know what you need for a normal day. Extra items can stay in the car.
- For myself, I make sure to pack my wallet, keys, tissues, phone, sunglasses, and my Louis Vuitton mini pochette accessories, which houses some small makeup items, headphones, and a pen. I try to leave my water bottle in the car so I don’t have to carry it around.
I then put our daily necessities in ToteSavvy and slip it in my bag. We’re almost finished!
- Put unnecessary items away, whether that be in a bedroom or the car. I keep a lot of extra stuff in the car (a hat, a blanket, sunscreen, diapers, wipes, snacks, and a change of clothes) so I don’t have to carry it around with me.
- This last part is the hardest. Try to go through your bag every week or so and take ten minutes to dump it out and get organized. You’ll likely need to replenish things like food and water much more often than that, but order to keep things organized this step is a must!
It’s so frustrating trying to find your wallet in the checkout line while your child is screaming, or to realize you don’t have something you thought you did. I love how ToteSavvy lets you see things at a glance so you don’t have to go hunting for them. It makes life so much easier!