Friday, January 4, 2008

Take 5 Friday - My Purse

I've been noticing lately that it's taking me longer to find things in my purse and I think my right shoulder has begun to develop a "drop" due to the weight of it all. So, I figured this week it was time to just grin and bear it and do a total overhaul.

Best thing to do is to start by dumping everything on your kitchen table. Right during the middle of breakfast is the best time. It just makes it so much easier when you have the kids rummaging through the contents of your purse. Take an inventory of the items you find in your purse just for comic relief, if nothing else. Mine included things like:

  • 5 lipsticks/glosses (necessary due to different shades)

  • 1 daughter's Disney Princess chap-stick (confiscated due to the breaking of the cardinal rule of rolling up too far)

  • 3 tubes hand lotion (it may be dry winter weather, but why would anyone need this many is even beyond me)

  • 2 sets of keys

  • Bills/mail to be dropped off

  • Note pad (but not a pen in sight)

  • MP3 player

  • Palm Pilot

  • 12 assorted discount/reward store cards

  • Cell phone

  • Wallet

  • 1 Piece of daughter's partially chewed "hot, hot, owww hot!" gum in wrapper

  • Business card holder

  • Coupon for Bath & Body Works

  • Current choice of reading material (in this case The Pillars of the Earth...highly recommended)

The only thing in the whole mess that I can say was organized was my lipsticks because I had previously put them in a Teeny Tiny Organizing Bag. I decided I could do without 2 tubes of hand lotion, my book (for today because I wouldn't have time to read it while I was out) and the chewed gum. I dropped off the bills/mail and spent the coupon (on more lotion none-the-less) and my 4 year old took back her chapstick with the promise to abide by the rules.

I think you'll agree it looks much better and at least I'm walking upright now! What can you do in 5 minutes to be better organized? Post your comment and link to your own Take 5 Friday post to join in. Come on...I can't be the only one having all the fun!


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Mama Zen said...

I always have six or seven pens, none of which work!

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