Not long ago, I had a purse that was so full of junk I couldn’t find anything I was looking for. If you were trying to get ahold of me, sorry – there was no way I’d find my phone in time. Sound familiar?
Well into my decluttering journey, I realized that I needed to do something about the mess I was carrying around on a daily basis. Inspired by a post I read on the web, I set out to reduce the amount of clutter I carried around.
I decided to make a little pouch that could hold all of my essentials. I just had to get over my zipper-sewing fear. Thankfully, I found a simple tutorial on sewing a lined zippered pouch. I made that with fabric left over from a Christmas present I made and, voila! A cute little pouch that my sweet friend, Jenni, describes as Provencal.
Most days, this pouch functions as my purse. I made sure there was room for my phone and my keys, as well as everything else pictured above.
On days that I go grocery shopping or head to a cafe to work, it becomes my wallet and gets tucked in my purse that holds either a few reusable bags like these ones or my Macbook and notebooks.
2. Healing Balm
Even though I made this healing balm, I’m still amazed at how well it works for a number of different purposes. Dry skin. Owies. Moisturizer. It handles it all. And it smells lovely.
3. Lip Balm
Typically, if my lips are dry, I drink more water instead of applying lip balm. But after I made this lavender mint lip balm, I fell in love with how good it smells and how great it makes my lips feel.
DigestZen is an essential oil blend from doTERRA and is my favorite essential oil ever. Even my husband swears by it. I keep this on hand in case of upset stomach, either for myself or the people I’m with.
One to two drops under the tongue handles it all (on the bottoms of the feet for little kids), even when you decide against your better judgement to eat that giant donut that is sure to leave you doubled over in pain later.
5. Swiss Army Knife
The Swiss Army Knife is a recent edition that replaced my tweezers (where did they go???). I like that:
- It has a number of tools that come in handy
- It’s small
- It’s being used after sitting in a drawer for years
- It can be used to open beer (we’re big fans of microbrews here)
I try to carry just a few cards with me that I know I’ll need for a particular outing and keep the rest in a drawer. Sometimes, though, I forget to take stuff out. But I usually have a debit card, a library card or Costco card and coffee punch cards.
I also keep a few coupons, like the ones I have now for organic beef and chicken.
7. TUL pen
8. Moleskine Notebook
I fell in love with tiny notebooks after my friend Dusti gave me one. (I love journals and notebooks.) Well, when she and I were in Portland last year it was stolen, so I replaced it with this Moleskine notebook with pretty flowers on it.
I love the pouch in the back because it can hold all of my cards/cash/coupons. Just don’t overfill it or it breaks. And it doesn’t fix easily. Oops.