I have a thing about keeping my purse organized. When I reach in to grab something, I always know exactly where it is and there is something calming about that. When I have to dig around to find what I want, it stresses me out big time. Over the years, I’ve developed a little system that works well for me in any larger tote. If I move to a small cross-body or clutch for nighttime, I only bring a few essentials and then move them back to their usual spots as soon as I get home.
For an actual bag, I go back and forth between a few options:
1. Cuyana zippered tote: Classic, beautiful, perfect size if you also need to add a laptop. Long-time followers know that I’m a huge Cuyana fan. It’s by far my favorite leather/bag/small accessories company. This isn’t an ad for the brand, but you can read more about their sustainability here and the company story here and I bet you’ll start to fall a little bit in love too.
2. Cuyana cross-body tote (waitlisted right now): This has been my go-to bag for years. I’m taking a little break from it for a few months right now but it will be back in the fall!
3. LL Bean Boat & Tote (medium with long handles): The one pictured here is an old version they made with leather handles that is sadly now discontinued.
How I Organize My Purse
Large pouch (black): This is my essentials pouch. Everything but the kitchen sink goes in here. It’s the smallest pouch option in this line from Cuyana but it’s the biggest one for my bag. If I had a bigger pouch, I’d just fill it with more stuff I don’t need. Here is what lives inside of it:
AirPods (with this case)
Mini Native deodorant
Colgate Wisp toothbrushes (I have a thing about clean teeth)
Floss (Case in point)
Advil & Tums
Equilibria Daily Drops CBD oil
Babiators for Amalia
Peppermint essential oil
Smaller tech pouch (blush): I originally got this pouch to hold headphones and chargers but when AirPods came out, I switched it up and use this for beauty products.
Beautycounter lip gloss
Burt’s Bees Lip balm (this is my can’t live without product)
Roll-on perfume oil
Sage spray (duh)
Boscia oil blotting wipes (oily-skinned gals, you get it)
Mac Studio Fix powder
Weleda hand cream
Travel-sized dry shampoo
Smallest pouch (blush): I keep gum in this little monogrammed pouch (on sale), a Christmas gift from a friend. Just two packs of gum, that’s it. I go through them really quickly. I recently switched from Orbit Wintermint to Pur Peppermint and it’s definitely not the same but trying to do better over here!
Wallet: The Chanel wallet was a gift from my MIL but I still have my Cuyana wallet that I will forever love. It’s $125 and beautifully made. I can attest to the fact that it wears well.
Face mask: The colorway I have in my favorite mask is sold out (although it’s available in a kids version), but they have a lot of pretty patterns to choose from. Out of all the face coverings that I’ve tried, this one is far and away the most comfortable. I recommend it to everyone. For every mask purchased on this site, they will donate a colorful mask to a children’s healthcare network in the US to “fill their halls with cheer.”
I let the mask float for easy access. I keep another one in my car for whenever I forget this one or I’m washing it.
Sunglasses: I’ve been wearing these same sunnies for years and I know I should keep them in a case but I am constantly putting them on and throwing them in my bag so it just never happens. They’re also floaters
Hand Sanitizer (not pictured): #2020
Phone (not pictured)
Photos by Julia Dags.