Mommy Bag Makeover

by Nicki on November 6, 2008

in Managing Time


Want to know what I waste as little time as possible doing? Looking for things. I can’t stand not being able to find something. My home is small and I do not have the luxury of having any more than one small “junk drawer.” However, there is one other place that tends to be a catch-all: my pocketbook. It’s sort of like Mary Poppins’ carpet bag. I like to be prepared for things. Cut finger; I have a bandage. Runny nose; I have tissues. Chapped lips; I have several options. Feminine emergency; gotcha covered. Need a coupon; got ‘em. Calculator; yup. You get the idea … I have a lot of things in my pocketbook. Well, lately it’s gotten out of hand. Unneeded receipts, unused coupons, gum wrappers and old grocery lists have begun to flood my organized mommy bag. I wasted SO much time looking for my cars keys in the bottom of my purse lately … SO unnecessary. Organization and efficiency are BFFs! So, here goes my mommy-bag makeover.

Here’s what I started with:

Every time I would pull out my wallet tiny pieces of paper would come flying out with it. I’m sure you can see why. I take my pocketbook everywhere with me; I use it constantly and everywhere I went I was adding new, useless junk, hiding away the important stuff I actually needed. I was beginning to waste a significant amount of time hunting for things that I had no way of knowing if I even had in there! Alright, so here it goes. This is what was in my purse … this is so gross:


  • 1 package of tissues
  • 1 bleach pen
  • 1 bandage dispenser
  • 5 lip care items 
  • hand lotion
  • 1 facial cleanser (who knows why)
  • 2 nail clippers
  • 1 face powder
  • 1 zip-top bag of snacks
  • 1 lollipop
  • 1 piece of hard candy
  • 1 raisin
  • 1 small, broken piece of white chocolate
  • 1/2 pretzel stick
  • 1 paper clip
  • 2 of my daughter’s hair elastics
  • 3 bobbi pins
  • my watch (I wanted the time, but it clashed with my outfit)
  • 1 lid for a reuseable container
  • 5 grocery lists
  • 10 loose (mostly expired) coupons
  • 9 unneeded receipts
  • 21 tiny pieces of trash
  • 2 containers breath mints
  • 1 full-size calculator
  • 1 checkbook
  • 1 wallet
  • 3 pens
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 dry erase marker
  • 6 feminine hygiene products
  • $1.39

Even better, here are the items I noticed were missing!

  •   cell phone
  •   coupon organizer
  •   hand sanitizer
  •   car keys

So, I took my inventory and only put back in the essentials and the missing items in a neat and orderly way, and voila … I can find my keys in one second. No more frustration searching for my favorite lip gloss, nearly causing an accident digging through the rubble to answer my cell phone (that’s just stupid).

Here are the new pocketbook rules:

1.  No trash or loose paper of any kind (find a trash can, they are everywhere!)
2.  Needed receipts will go in the very front pocket only
3.  My keys will always be lovingly tossed into their own little pocket 
4.  My cell phone will always be lovingly tossed into its own little pocket

So … what’s in your pocketbook? What are the absolute must-haves? What would you be embarassed to admit is in there … come on, it can’t be worse than mine!

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