First, I want to mention that I love purses and bags. I always notice when a woman is carrying a nice bag. My favorites are big ones, often in yellow or red. I get excited when I get a new purse or wallet not just because it's fun to have something new, but I like to empty my old one and put everything into the new one. It's not just purses, either. I like all bags. When my kids were little, I was on a mission to find the perfect diaper bag. (I never found it.) I've also been looking for a really good carry on, haven't found that either.
I'd be willing to spend a pretty good amount of money on a nice bag if I knew it was going to fit my needs perfectly. I'm too cheap to spend a lot on a bag in the hopes that it will work for me. As a matter of fact, I've always wanted a Louis Vuitton doctor's bag (I think they are also called speedy.) Although, I don't like the way this sounds, I covet them. I don't see myself getting one of those for a long, long time, if ever. First of all, we don't have that kind of money to spend. I can't justify spending that much money on anything right now, especially a purse. Plus, I am really hard on my purses. They get thrown in the seat next to me or sometimes smashed between bags of groceries in the back. I am usually getting several children in the vehicle and I'm only worried about my purse in that I need to make sure I have it with me. For lots of reasons, I've always carried relatively inexpensive bags.
When I was planning on going with my husband (and his students) to California this winter I was looking for a bag to carry. I didn't want to carry a backpack (it would be too big for just the two of us) and I didn't want to carry a purse. I looked around the internet and came across the Healthy Back Bag. After checking it out online, I went to Dillards and looked at it in person. It seemed like what I was looking for. I got it for myself for Christmas. I ended up ordering it online from ebags because I could get a medium and small for almost the same price I could get a medium at Dillards.
The medium was too big for what I needed in California (I think it will be better for when I have the kids with me) but the small has worked out wonderfully as my every day bag.
It's not going to win any fashion awards but it is very functional. It has several pockets on the inside and outside.
I have a place for everything. I got the microfiber, in black, so it is very durable. I've been carrying it since Christmas and it still looks brand new. One of my favorite features is where the zipper is. It does not zip along the outside, the zipper is on the side closest to your body.
That way it's easy for me to get into the bag while it's on my shoulder (and less easy for someone else to get into it.) Once again, it's more practical than pretty but for what I need right now, it's the best bag I have found.
So, the way I organize my purse is...
carry a purse that doesn't need to be organized.
I'm linking up to The Diaper Diaries for Things I Love Thursday and Organize with Sandy for Mission Monday