Mary Poppins has been an idol of mine since I was a little girl. Think about it: the woman could sing and fly. Not to mention, she was practically perfect in every way. I always dreamed that one day I would grow up to be just like her.
Flash forward 15 years: I still can’t fly, or even really sing (I blame my dad’s side of the family for that genetic flaw) but I can pull obscure item after item out of my purse. However, I can’t really count this as a victory. While Mary Poppins pulled lamps out of her bag to amuse the Banks children, I find myself pulling my hair out because I can’t find what I’m looking for.
Luckily for me, there is a cure for MPBS (Mary Poppins bag syndrome). All you need is a spoonful or sugar. Oh, and these 10 steps…
- Clean slate. Start by dumping the contents of your bag out onto a flat surface.
- Garbage day. Sift through all of your belongings and throw away the wrappers, receipts, and other trash you no longer need.
- Take it to the bank. Collect all of the loose change you find either in a jar or a coinpurse.
- Drop the dead weight. Go through your wallet and remove any coupons, receipts, old cards and excess change you don’t need to carry around with you.
- Receipt with you or in the bag? Use an envelope or ziplock bag to store receipts that you do need to keep.
- Bare necessities. Separate the remaining items into two piles: one for things you use on a daily basis, and one for things you only use on occasion.
- Just in case. Make sure that fragile items, such as cameras and sunglasses, are stored in a case to prevent any damage.
- Downsize the makeup. Rather than bringing an entire makeup counter with you, limit your cosmetics to items you actually need. Also, consider downsizing to travel containers to save space.
- It’s in the bag. Group your items and find them a home. Side pockets are perfect for items you need quick access to, like cell phones and keys. And brightly covered bags, such as the 5-Piece Cosmetic Bag Set, are a great option for cosmetics because they’re easy to spot.
- Scheduled maintenance. Take five minutes each week to weed out any unnecessary items that worked their way into your bag and you’ll never face MPBS again!
Now that you’re free from the clutter, what’s the strangest thing you found while cleaning out your bag?