What Should I Have In My Handbag?

A wallet or a small pouch for currency, credit cards and identification are "musts" for every handbag. Many women choose to carry a small cosmetic pouch for touch-ups on the go.

It's also a good idea to always have on hand supplies to respond to life's little emergencies including medication, band-aids, tissues and anti-bacterial wipes.

A place for your cell phone or Blackberry, as well as an eyeglass case for sunglasses or reading glasses, is also a consideration when organizing your handbag.

How Do I Keep It All Organized?

As handbags have gotten larger, the need for internal organization is essential. It's best to use a variety of pouches to separate and contain like items inside your bag. Pouches within your handbag also make changing purses simple and fast.

You can choose different colored pouches to color code what is stored inside. Pouches in bright colors are easy to spot within your handbag. Clear or mesh pouches are another great option — they allow you to see what's inside at a quick glance.

Handbags with integrated pockets, particularly open pockets, can be great because they keep things neat and organized, all the while keeping them accessible. However, too many pockets make it easy to carry more than you need. Closed pockets can make things difficult to find unless you are extremely efficient at always returning things to the same pocket.

If your handbag does not have open pockets situated near the top of the bag for easy access, use a phone pouch that can be clipped to your bag strap and carried inside or outside the bag. This allows for instant access — and you won't have to fumble for the phone when someone calls.

What should I leave out of my handbag?

Full-size bottles, tubes or a large hair brush is a waste of space. Use a small, travel-size version of the product or if it's a liquid, transfer the product into small leakproof bottle like our Nalgene Bottles. Opt for a folding hairbrush and a small mirror versus bulky items that take up space.

How often should I clean my handbag out?

Cleaning out your purse once a week will allow you to maintain your handbag organization. Try and make it part of your Sunday night routine, which would help you start the week organized.