So, Melinda over at purpleslobinrecovery cleaned out her purse the other day and she wrote a funny blog post about it. I told her my secret to a clean purse and she asked that I share (don’t believe me? read her comments).
So here goes… I have three purses that I use regularly… I have my everyday purse that I use for going out and about. I picked this up at a thrift store in New Mexico about five years ago when I needed something that wasn’t a giant purse. It’s kinda perfect for when I only need my wallet, keys and other paraphernalia.
Then there’s my old faithful for when I’m working on a knitting and/or crocheting project. It’s big enough to hold anything short of a blanket (depending on how far along I am in the blanket), and it’s got a wide strap that’s pretty comfortable. The plastic strap holders broke years and years ago, so I had to sew the strap to the purse, meaning it’s not adjustable anymore, but I found a good strap length and it’s served me well. I’ve had this purse for coming on ten years now, and I’ve mended it a lot. It’s got pockets for pens and pockets for phones, and when I was in college, it was pretty great for keeping the smaller books in.
Then there’s the tried and true messenger bag that I carried when I was in college. I bought it about the same time as the previous purse, maybe a little afterwards. I carry this one whenever I need to tote around a lot of paperwork or if I need to carry a laptop. The previous one was built to carry a laptop too, but this one hugs the body so it’s easier on my back. It’s got all kinds of pockets for pens and extras. The reason why I’ve kept it around for so long is that it’s very well made and I haven’t had to repair a thing on it. Okay, again, the plastic strap thingies broke and I had to sew the handle to the bag itself — what is it with plastic strap thingies? I dunno. Oh, and I had to fix the zipper. But for a bag that’s nearly 10 years old, it’s holding up pretty damned well.
So my secret for keeping them clean is that I have this insert I made about five or six years ago when I still had my sewing machine out and used it all the time. I bought the pattern from someone on eBay… I don’t even remember who… and sewed it up. It actually took me several days because I must have misunderstood the instructions and I kept getting frustrated and giving up for the day (I totally blame brain fog) but I got it done eventually and here it is:
Anyway, I keep my essentials in the insert and just move them from one purse to the other. Everything else gets put away or thrown away — or stays in the purse. For example each of the big purses has a fan and extra pens (because you can never have too many pens). And they both have a canvas bag in case I need a canvas bag. I can’t fit a canvas bag into the little purse. I know, I’ve tried. ^_^ When I was taking pictures of the purses today I found about three recipes but that’s it. But the essentials — these —
they go in the insert and get moved from bag to bag. It makes keeping bag clean way easier. So, that’s wallet, sunglasses, comb, pens and notepad (in case I need to write something down), inhaler (for obvious reasons), spare change, and a fold up knife — in case I come across any packages that need opening. ^_^ Worry not, I leave the fold up knife in the car if I’m going anywhere secure. The insert also holds my phone (used to take the picture) and my keys — which are on a hook next to the door. Anyway, it all fits in the insert and the insert goes into the purse of my choosing. As you can see… it just fits into the everyday purse. But hey, it fits. And that’s all that counts. ^_^
So that’s my just for fun post for today. Nothing earth shattering or deep and meaningful. I just thought I’d share something completely trivial about my life. hope you enjoyed. 🙂