Marie Kondo Shares Key Tips on How to Organize Your Handbag So You’re Not Constantly Digging Through Mess

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Raise your hand if your purse looks like a warzone. *Hand shoots up in the air*

To be completely honest, I’m a pretty neat person. My bed is always made, there’s rarely a dish in my sink, and I’m always fluffing up my couch pillows.

But my purse is a disaster. I’m talking receipts galore, random pens in the pockets, about 18 chapsticks, not to mention the actual necessities like my wallet and house keys (which I can never find among the mess).

For some reason, I find keeping my purse clean one of the hardest things to do. The messier it gets, the more I don’t want to clean it out. But having it be so disorganized just makes for more frustrating days of trying to find things in there. It’s a vicious cycle!

That’s where Marie Kondo comes in. You’re probably familiar with this organization guru by now. At the beginning of 2019, she released her Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” where she visits various families in need of some serious de-cluttering.

Her mantra is that you must only keep the items that “spark joy” in your life. By using this method, she helps guide families to tidying up their houses.

But your home isn’t the only thing Marie wants to help you tidy. This master organizer is just as good with purses—and thank goodness because if I throw one more random earring in my purse, I’m not going to be a happy camper.

To help us out, Marie made a video of her helping out another fellow woman with a messy purse. This a) helps me realize I’m not alone and b) gives us a visual on exactly what to do in terms of cleaning out your purse, which is super helpful.

The first step is to take everything out of your bag—even if there are six tampon in there, just get it all out on the table so you can see exactly what’s causing the clutter.

Then of course the next step, like always, is going to be getting rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy. So those expired coupons you’re carting around with you “just incase”? Say goodbye. Those old boarding passes you kept in there after your trip months ago for “sentimental purposes”? Sayonara.

The next step is to categorize the items you’re keeping. This is probably where myself, and most of the general public, get stuck each time—but it’s an important step to take if you want to keep your purse from getting messy right the next day.

Part of the categorization process might include getting other things to place small items in—for example, getting a small pouch or a little bag for items like makeup that you want to keep inside your bag to freshen up. This will help keep everything nice and tidy for months and even years to come.

To hear the rest of Marie’s tips on organizing your purse—and consequently, your life!—check out this incredibly helpful video below.

What do you think of Marie Kondo’s tips for organizing your handbag? How do you usually get your purse in order?