HOW TO: You don’t need to lug around everything but the kitchen sink in your purse, says Halifax fashion expert

When Elizabeth’s children were small, she had to carry a mommy-sized bag to hold snacks, drinks, and sometimes diapers.

Now that her kids are older, she’s trying to downsize her purse. However, she has a hard time cramming the same amount of stuff into a smaller bag. Her friends are trying to convince her that she doesn’t have to carry all those loyalty cards in her new smaller wallet.

But where do you start? How do you make the transition to a smaller wallet? And what are the current trends in wallets?

That’s where Kayla Short comes in. She is a fashion expert and award winning blogger at Short Presents based in Halifax, NS

She also loves a good handbag.

The small to medium sized shoulder bag has definitely been trending lately, but also a classic tote bag will forever be a moment, according to Short.

Kayla Short suggests keeping items in pouches in your purse so you can quickly grab and change purses.  Laura Chouette Photo/Unsplash
Kayla Short suggests keeping items in pouches in your purse so you can quickly grab and change purses. Laura Chouette Photo/Unsplash

“A handbag is a pretty personal choice, so choose one that you love and that will work for your life,” she said. “Trends are fun, but they also have to make sense for you and your life.”

When it comes to choosing the right handbag size, Short recommends choosing the right bag for your activity, rather than just carrying everything you own with you. You don’t have to take an entire suitcase with you every time you leave the house, she noted.

You may be used to carrying a large bag, she added, but you may not have to. When was the last time you cleaned? Really cleaned?

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Short can’t think of a better time than the change of season to do a little purse check. Getting a smaller purse requires careful editing and choosing what goes in the new purse. You need to get very real with yourself and your actual needs.

“You can have the space or you can have the thing, but you can’t have both,” Short said.

Pinching your purse so tightly that you can’t get anything in or out is neither functional nor comfortable. This means you have to make some decisions about what to take with you, and this can be difficult. If you haven’t used something in months, get rid of it.

Make the decisions

The first step is to throw everything out of the purse. Put everything on the table so you can take stock of how much you’re carrying around each day, Short said.

Once everything is out, start categorizing things. You may notice themes or even duplicates. In this case you can really edit what you really want to take with you.

Once you have categories, Short suggests using things like organizers to put things in pouches so you can grab things as needed for your specific activity.

For example, she tends to use the same bags for the same things, so she’s sorted her favorite bags and there’s absolutely no guesswork as to what’s inside. For example, in the summer, Short has a beach bag that has everything she needs for the beach, including sunscreen, band-aids, and hydrocortisone cream. That way, all she needs is a large bag, a fresh towel, a bathing suit, and you’re good to go. Everything stays in this bag, so it’s close at hand.

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You can do the same with your everyday purse, she said.

To free up space in your purse, Kayla Short recommends going digital whenever possible to reduce the number of loyalty cards you need to carry.  Christiann Koepke Photo/Unsplash
To free up space in your purse, Kayla Short recommends going digital whenever possible to reduce the number of loyalty cards you need to carry. Christiann Koepke Photo/Unsplash

Short loves to match her bag to her outfit, so changes bags frequently. That’s why you have to edit, she said. Everything has to be to-go and it can only be the essentials; It’s a quick way to transport everything and you won’t have lip glosses or cards scattered in 100 different bags.

Maybe keep baskets by your door that you empty things into when you get home, and then it’s a grab-and-go again, she advised.

“Set yourself up for success by being proactive, organized and keeping things consistent; That way you always know where your stuff is and it’s all grab and go again,” she said. “The less thinking and deciding, the better.”

Short is also a big fan of the small pocket in the big pocket.

For example, when she goes on a road trip, she carries a smaller bag—usually a crossbody bag with essentials including a small wallet, phone, lipstick, and keys. Then she has a bag. The bag mostly stays in the car, maybe it has a water bottle, sunscreen, wet wipes or other larger items in it. But she can just grab the smaller bag when she’s popping into a gas station or on tour. The larger wallet stays in the car.

Photo: Chantal Routhier Photography (www.chantalrouthierphotography.com) For those who love to match their bag to their outfit and frequently change bags, a quick transfer of all essentials and nothing unnecessary is crucial.  Contributed photo
Photo: Chantal Routhier Photography (www.chantalrouthierphotography.com) For those who love to match their bag to their outfit and frequently change bags, a quick transfer of all essentials and nothing unnecessary is crucial. Contributed photo

If you spend a lot of time in your car, also fill your car with things you might need instead of your purse. They have great car organizers or baskets at the dollar store. Fill these with some items that you know you use frequently or need in an emergency, such as: B. a first aid kit. That way you don’t lug it around all the time or worry about not having those things.

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Make sure you throw things away, like receipts — or better yet, don’t take them in the first place, Short said. If you know you’re going to throw it away, don’t take it at first. If you automatically throw away the things you don’t need and just mix up the basics, it becomes automatic processing, so just do it.

When it comes to gift cards, loyalty cards, or coupons, go digital if you can, Short suggested. If there’s an opportunity to go digital or download an app, just do it. You will always have your phone with you, so this is absolutely your best choice, she noted.

Be honest with yourself about what you actually use on a daily basis. You don’t need 15 million loyalty cards that you never use, so ask yourself, if you haven’t used them in three to six months, you probably won’t be making a random trip there any time soon.

In the end, nobody says you have to carry a small handbag, but what you don’t need is to carry more stuff than you actually need. So take stock of what’s in there and what you’re actually using and what’s important to you, Short said.

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