What’s in my purse?

I’m sort of a weirdo with my purse. I like my purse clean and organized. I haven’t always been this way…. Seriously. I was totally fine with taking 9 million hours to find that chapstick at the bottom of my purse (drove husband crazy). But, in the past year I’ve discovered the value of being able to find something I need fast. Mostly because of the crazy toddler I usually hang out with. She doesn’t enjoy sitting still while I pay for anything. Plus, last year I pulled out an opened tampon out of my purse with all my blogger friends at a nice restaurant. Ba! Ha. My daughter used to always get into my purse and open up all my tampons. Weirdy. Anywho… that inspired me… hee.

So, this is what I want to show you. My sort of anal…. but, awesome…. organization of my purse. I keep my bag filled with many tiny bags….yup. I have a beauty bag, a pen/pencil and sketch pad bag, my “emergency” bag, and a couple others. Here, I’ll just show you how I organize…..

All the bags (and my keys… and, rape whistle. Thank you mom.):

My artsy pouch:

{//Pouch care of: Gussy Sews//Pens and Pencils//Notepad care of: Miro//}

Hello artsy pouch. This is where I carry pencils, pens, and a teeny notepad. I have been known to carry a massive sketchbook with me wherever I go… but, it’s really too much for everyday. Now, if I we’re headed somewhere I know I’ll just be sitting around and hanging out… I’m tossing my sketch pad in there! PLUS, I add an additional pouch of all my sketching pencils/pens/erasers.

My beauty kit:

{//Pouch care of: Gussy Sews//Earrings: all from F21//Bobby pins, hair ties and Spin pins//Bra strap clip//Sunglasses: Target//}

My little beauty bag. Earrings… in case I forget to wear some and I’m out on a hot date. Bobby pins and hair ties are always necessary. Plus, I carry one of those Goody Spin Pins. Seriously the fastest way to get my hair out of my face. AND, the sunglasses. Those are only in my purse about 6 months out of the year…. Oregon.

My “emergency” pouch:

{Pouch: f21//Wallet: Target//Stylus//ibuprofen//little bandaids and mole skin//tea//tampon//Snacky snacks//}

This is my “emergency” kit. I carry the things I always seem to need… but, never think to carry in here. Bandaid? Yup. Right there. Mole skin for shoes hurting my feet? Yus. Girly time stuff? Tampon and ibuprofen are there. Tea? Yeeeess. AND, snacks? Yes. I’m a grumpy girl when I get hungry. I ALWAYS remember to pack Ruari’s snacks… but, not for me. So, I just have those things in my purse. Just in case. And, then there’s my wallet. I don’t carry it in the emergency kit… just pictured it here. I just carry my ID and cards in there. I decided against taking a photo of all my cards to share online. Ha!

The everyday bag:

{//Pouch co: Charm Design//lip gloss: f21//lipstick 1: Radiant reef//lipstick 2: Maybeline are you red-dy//chapstick: Burts Bees//lipstick 3: Revlon Lip Butter peach parfait//lotion: coconut-lime//Mirror//lipstick primer: mac//}

This is my everyday bag. I put things in here that I tend to look for everyday. Lotion and chapstick are the big ones. I’ll also toss my keys and cell phone in here. I don’t wear too much makeup…. I basically stick to mascara, lipstick, and maybe a bit of coverup if needed. So, I don’t really carry any of that stuff with me… except my fave lipsticks/chapstick. Let’s talk about that mac primer…. it’s awesome. I put it on before all lipstick. Basically it makes your lipstick last SO much longer… I can wear the super cheap lipstick and make it last all day with this stuff! It’s $15… but, it’s worth it. I don’t wear lipstick everyday so I don’t go through it too fast.

The others:

{//Beaded coin purse: gift//Leather bizz card carrier: Freshly Picked//Bizz card wallet and keychain: Peggy Anne Design//}

And, the leftovers of the purse…. I have my little beaded purse. That carries all those darn shop cards… etc. (P.S. I do love my Supportland card). I also throw change and coupons in there. My leather business card holder came from Susan, Freshly Picked, when I met her at Alt Summit. She was adorable by the way. She was handing out all her business cards in these leather carriers. I kept mine and use it to put any business cards people give to me while I’m out and about. My business card keychain is for MY cards. I seriously have like 5 different types of cards. I just throw in a variety and that way I always have my cards with me.

I forgot to include my phone in these photos… that’s ALWAYS with me. Naked without it. And, on occasion I throw (gently) my camera in there. Yup… that makes my purse ridiculously heavy. BUT, if I want a lighter purse and I’m headed out for the evening… I can just remove a few of my pouches that I know I won’t need. I have pockets in the purse that catch my receipts and other nicknacks… like plastic horsies.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

– Chelsey

{Related posts: //Simple things to pack with a baby//What did I learn at BlogHer?//Packing for Alt//}

I was provided with 2 Gussy Sews compact bags, and a Miro notepad.. All opinions are 100% my own. You can use the discount code: PAPERMAMA at Gussy Sews through May 13th to save 10%!


  • Pingback: {7 pretty things on Sunday}

  • lifeislovee on said:

    I'm totally organized with everything in my life (hello OCD) except for my purse (and the dumping ground that is the backseat of my car), I think I will have to adopt this idea! I have so many super cute coin purses too, it's the perfect way to use them all at once!

  • candice on said:

    Okay, so that was inspiring AND I just love these Gussy pouches!

  • sarah d. on said:

    wow. this is what i needed to see! i have soooo many little pouches, i could easily do this. thanks for sharing and inspiring me to get organized!!!!

  • bbgoad on said:

    I carry a bunch of small pouches in my purse too. But I like the way you organized them into emergency, artsy and such. I just might try that!

  • Nicole Andrews on said:

    Wow, that’s a lot of bags! But I’m inspired to write my own post!

    And I still have my whistle in my purse from Mom! But I lost the key chain long ago. I keep it in an easy to reach place. Pepper spray and mace is not legal in New Zealand.

  • Jess Judkins on said:

    I need to do this! It will also make it easier to dump crumbs out of my purse when my son Judah dumps his bag of crackers inside of it. Also my son is obsessed with my tampons, he will find them (no matter where I hide them) and chew on them (the un-used ones of course) its still pretty gross.

  • Ashley on said:

    Whoah! That is fantastic. I start out pretty organized but quickly it goes hay wire. 🙁

  • Mary @ Noah Baby on said:

    Gah, I definitely need a lady stuff bag inside my purse! Just this past weekend my son pulled a tampon out of my purse in the grocery store in front of a bunch of people and asked, "Mama, what's that?" Sooooo embarrassing.

  • Emily @ Peck Life on said:

    Now I know for sure that if we are ever stuck in an elevator of the world is ending, you'll probably have what we need. 🙂 I love the emergency pouch, I need to do that! I also have lots of pouches in my purse!

  • Crystalyn on said:

    I dumped my purse out the other night (which seems lately to be the only way I can find anything!) and I was a little amazed at the contents… Three pairs of finger nail clippers? No wonder I can never find any! I think I need to adapt some of your pouch ideas 🙂

  • Rebekah on said:

    Wow you are so organized!

  • Elena on said:

    You make me want to organize my pocket book! I just got a fantastic new one too!

  • Meghan on said:

    I love seeing what other people carry in their purses. I just started collecting smaller pouches to wrangle my stuff together too. It's helping soooo much. I used to be a wallet and chapstick in the pocket kinda girl. But somewhere down the line I started carrying purses all the time, and they got bigger and bigger. And, well, there's just so much stuff I NEED to have all the time, haha.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I know. All this stuff i "need". I've also put together an emergency car kit… for other things.

  • Sarah on said:

    I live by the bag full of bags! I also have a crafty bag that has knitting or embroidery supplies depending on what project I'm toting at the moment. Love this!

  • Mandy Chiappini on said:

    duuuuuude, will you please organize my purse??? i need your HALP!
    love all your cute bags & pouches, too!

  • Liliana on said:

    lol@Tampon story, but i love how your organize i do the same and it's better because then when you want to switch bags its 123!

  • Andrea on said:

    You are totally inspiring me to go clean out my purse right now 🙂

  • Joni on said:

    I do the exact same thing. My purse has about 6 small bags to sort my stuff. Definitely so much easier this way.

  • Leah on said:

    Awesome organization mama!
    I need to get on that train… I seriously search for my keys for 5 minutes sometimes. Sucks when it's raining :/
    PS do you have oval business cards?!? adorable! what company do you use!?

Leave a comment!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.