Thursday, November 12, 2015

What's In My Bag

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Big news in the world of Meg: my new bag is here.  Maybe you saw my bag drama a couple of weeks ago, but a day after I wrote that post, my favorite person in the world went on Nordstrom live chat for me and found out they had restocked.  Well, now it's here!

You know the only bad thing about getting a new purse?  The transition from the old to the new.  #Firstworldproblems right?!  The pockets aren't the same and there's always that period where you just throw everything in the bottom until you figure the best use of all the new features.

This time of year, I'm also trying to carry a little bit of everything: planners to keep track of everything going on, makeup for touchups throughout the day, and my go-tos from Walmart like these from Pfizer to stay healthy through the next 5 months of cold and flu season.
Here's my current rundown:

Galaxy s6 - I've had this phone since this summer and cannot say enough good things about it; the camera is phenomenal and it's so fast.
Life planner (cranberry) and blog planner (floral) - We, as bloggers, know the struggle of all the planners all the time.
Vera Bradley wallet - I'm finally over the Vera floral pattern life stage, but I seriously love this wallet and how it has a place for everything.
Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables - I've been traveling a lot lately, so these are perfect for immune support.
Advil Tablet Vial - The same original round tablets providing safe, effective pain relief for over 25 years, just in a more convenient package for my bag.
ChapStick Total Hydration -  I love the vanilla flavor, and it is 100% natural and an advanced nourishing formula with argan oil and avocado butter and rosehip oils.
Tissues, gum, bobby pins, headphones, stain-removing pen, hand sanitizer, touch-up makeup - all self-explanatory!
Now that I have all these things, how do I keep them organized?
Here are my 5 DIY Purse Organization Tips Using Items You Already Have:
1. Put an eyeglasses case to use for those nail needs.  I especially love carrying whatever nail color I'm currently wearing at that time for little touch ups on the run.
2. Place cotton balls in your makeup compacts.  We've all had an eye shadow or foundation crumble into a million tiny pieces in our bags.
3. Buy mini sizes of your essentials, like Advil Tablet Vials, so you have all of your favorites on-hand without taking up too much room.
4. Use a wine cork to keep headphones untangled.  Simply poke a hole in the bottom for the jack and wrap the wires around it.
5. Fill a used mint container with bobby pins.  This definitely helps with the number of pins I find in my car, the bottom of my bag, under my desk... I could go on.
  • What's one "must-have" you always have in your bag?
  • Do you have any favorite organization tips to add to my list?

27 comments:

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Love this. Such a clever idea to use a tic-tac container for bobby pins. You can seriously never have enough bobby pins with you. My purse right now is embarrassingly messy, so you may have just inspired me to organize it later today. :)

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

Love the inside of the bag! Hmmmm, must haves for me are my keys, I always forget, lip product, Aquafor-which works well on the lips and hands. My hands get so dry this tie of year!!!

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

you are a stellar organizer! i love how you put the nail stuff in an eyeglasses case! i'm totally going to copy that :)

xoxo cheshire kat

Meghan @ Me as Meghan said...

My headphones are always getting tangled and I absolutely love the wine cork idea! Something I do for bag organization is to reuse my Ipsy bags and use them to sort out things in my purse. Thanks for sharing today!

Jacquelyn @ The Lowcountry Mama said...

Hahaha the "Vera floral pattern life stage".. you should see my closet. Literally I think I have like 35 Vera bags all in different patterns, my mom has a friend who gets Vera Bradley for super cheap. When I pack to go on a trip I look like I big confusing cloud of different multicolor floral prints. Not good for camouflage at all.

I love the color of your new bag! This is the second What's in my bag post I read today and yep.. I'm totally doing this at some point =)

Chesson {A Southern Twenty-Five} said...

You can't go wrong with a Vera Bradley wallet! That's about the only VB thing I buy anymore but it's such a good wallet for a decent price. Also, saw the wine cork in your first picture and was verrrry curious about why the wine cork was in your bag!

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

Love this bag and this reminds me I need to do a what's in my bag post soon, I love that you carry emergency items, such a smart idea since I spend the majority of my days outside the house! The only emergency thing I carry are my meds, feminine products and mints :)!

Amy DeVito said...

That's a gorgeous bag!! :)

Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Your purse is GORGEOUS - love the color! I've been traveling a lot lately too and Airborne and sanitizing wipes have been my best friend! <3

Green Fashionista

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Love your purse girl and your organizing ways are genius! I need all of the help I can get. My purse is always so messy!

Rebecca Jo said...

Love the idea of a glass holder for all the little things! Genius!
I so want that phone just for the camera!!!

Carly Blogs Here said...

Your bag is so pretty! I definitely need to do better about organizing- love all of the ways you keep things together.

Kelli @ A Deeper Joy said...

Fun! Where did you get your little planners? I love my big Plum Paper one but it's so big! I want a smaller one for next year.

Macy V said...

The cork is the best idea ever. I need a new purse and I am totally using some of these tips!

Julie said...

And I thought I had a lot in my purse, I think you win the prize ha-ha! I will agree that changing to a new purse is hard!!

Christy Ashley said...

Did you have the Galaxy S5? I hate mine and keep having problems with it so I'm wary about getting the 6 but I don't want an iPhone!

Jen said...

I only keep 3 things in my purse haha. My keys, wallet, and chapstick. I'm a minimalist big time.

Kristin said...

Like Jen, I keep the bare essentials. Keys, wallet, phone, chapstick, and a little pouch for tweezers (you never know), hair ties, headphones, etc.
I do (dare I say it?) like this bag. I have one in just about the same color though.

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

Hooray for your beautiful new bag and thanks for giving us a peek inside! Have a wonderful weekend, Meg! xo - Brenda // Chatting Over Chocolate

birdie to be said...

I love your bag. This color is amazing!

BLovedBoston said...

I love how everything has a place - i have found myself recently just digging around, but I have some organization that is going to happen! Love your bag! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

YourFrecklesAreShowing said...

Love your bag!! And your totally me miss being able to shop in-store at Nordstrom! The wine cork idea is genus! Awesome post.

Kelsey @ Your Freckles are Showing

christina @ the new mrs said...

I have my eye on that bag - I waited too long a few times and have learned my lesson - hoping they restock again! I want it even more now seeing how much you fit in it!!

Andrea H. said...

Great tips!! I never thought about the mint container for bobby pins...genius!!

ALW said...

I LOOVE your purse and these great tips :)

Kelley Elder said...

The organization tips are GENIUS! Thanks for sharing!

Ryan @apolishedpalate said...

Great tips! I always like to keep chapstick, a hairbrush and a lint roller on hand. My bag is some serious need of organization :/

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