When I started this minimalist journey, one of the first things I simplified was my day-to-day handbag. My handbag was always cluttered, as a result I could never find my keys or anything for that matter. Everything was swallowed in a bottomless black hole. Sound familiar?
Armed and inspired by YouTube vloggers LightbyCoco and Sadiya Marie and their minimalist approach, I decided I would create my version of a minimalist handbag and try it out for a week. After the week was over, Ill reassess and add back any item that I truly missed or needed.
My first step was downsizing to a smaller bag. This was an intentional and necessary first step because smaller the space, the less likely I would to accumulate junk. The second step was thoughtfully creating a list of the absolute essentials and including only those items in my new handbag.
My Absolute Handbag Essentials
- Lip balm
- Ear phones
Because my new handbag was smaller, there was a limit to the amount of stuff that I could store in it. Whatever managed to accumulate during the day, would be discarded or reallocated before leaving home the next morning.
Fast forward to six months later, for the first time in my adult life, my handbag remains 100% clutter free 100% of the time. My “absolute essentials list” has not changed and there has not been a day that I’ve missed a single item from my old handbag. The best part is, I am never digging for my keys! What shocked me about this simple exercise was that, the solution to my cluttered handbag was not adding another revolutionary organization knick-knack. I simply removed the excess stuff. This allowed me to focus on what I absolutely needed.
Here are a few tips to help you with the process
- Review your wallet and discard unused or expired cards. This includes credit cards, store cards, discount cards etc. I found two NYC subway cards in my wallet and I hadn’t been to NYC in years!
- Reassess your key chain. Does it house duplicates and/or unused keys?
- Relocate items when possible. Because I drive every day to work, I can leave my work ID badge in my car rather than carry it around in my purse.
- Consolidate when you can. If you are in the market for a new wallet, check out this compact wallet with a key ring that I bought from amazon pictured above. It holds the few cards that I carry plus my car and house keys. I love that I don’t have to remove my driver’s license when I need to show my ID, as it is clearly displayed in the ID Window.
- Evaluate the items outside of your absolute essentials that end up in your bag DAILY. Discard the junk and relocate everything else. The longer you wait to do this, the more difficult it gets.
What I love about minimalism is that, it’s a versatile tool that provides simple and practical solutions to everyday problems. My recipe may not work for you or suite your needs, and that is okay. But that should not stop you from locating a different recipe that you like, and tweaking it until it fits your lifestyle.