What’s In My Bag


I cannot stand a disorganized purse! Every time my purse gets close to being messy, I take everything out and reorganize it. I do not know how some people fish through a black hole of receipts, gum wrappers, and loose change to find their keys. šŸ˜‰

I am drawn towards structured bags, especially if there are pockets on the inside. A long time ago I started carrying a small pouch inside of my bag to hold all the small stuff I may need. This helps my purse avoid becoming a catch all. I would reccommend that everyone do this for easy access to the things you grab the most – keys, wallet, phone – and not the smaller items you grab less.


If you look inside my purse, these items (alongside my phone and keys) are the only items you’ll see. I tuck the ear buds, chapstick, and wallet inĀ theĀ pockets inside the purse.


These Dooney Zip Top bags are my all-time favorite purse. It’s a timeless staple that’s structured and organized, goes with everything, and the all-weather leather is nice because rain & snow won’t hurt it. I love this bag so much I have it in two colors and would get another one if there was a third color I wanted. The best part is the pouches inside keep items neat, and they even have a hook (shown at bottom of the bag) for your keys if you find yourself having to dig them out.


Inside the pouch I keep a variety of items: small comb, sunscreen (vineyard vines tube that looks like a glue stick…), kleenex, Tide to-go pen, lotion, nail file, gum, mints, blotting paper, pillbox, pen (not pictured), and my newest/most important addition – iPhone battery chargerĀ + 4″ cord! How have I gone this long without one? I keep this thing charged and if I snap chat too much one day it saves my battery and fits slim in my purse.

My tips for a more organized purse:

  • Find a pouch to keep small items together that also makes switching purses a breeze.
  • Keep total amount of larger/more frequently used items as low as possible.
  • MakeĀ your purse a ‘no trash’ zone. Never leave trash in your purse for too long, always throw it out as soon as possible.
  • Do something with tickets and receipts before they become forgotten pieces of paper floating around your purse.
  • Make a place for spare change. Whether you keep it in a coin purse, put it in a jar at home, etc., make sure it has a designated spot so it doesn’t pile up in your purse.

Disclaimer – there are times where my purse gets way out of control, so these tips come out of my own personal trial and error. I’ve been using Sunday nights to take 5 minutes and make sure things in my purse are in order for the week.

Is your purse organized? What do you keep in it?


2 Comments on What’s In My Bag

  1. Elizabeth
    July 6, 2016 at 2:42 pm (7 years ago)

    I love what you use to corral your headphones — where did you get it? (I’m new to your blog, forgive me if this is asked and answered a zillion times!)

    • thedressdecoded
      July 6, 2016 at 5:49 pm (7 years ago)

      I got it at target in a two-pack for $5, wish I would have bought more of them!!! They are called “cord tacos” and you can usually find them online. I love it!


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