So confession time… on the outside I look like a very tidy organized person…but under lurking underneath is utter chaos. And my handbag is somewhat of a microcosm of the rest of my home. Very pretty on the outside, but if you open it up… something might just jump out and bite you. Seriously. I am obsessed with storage because I always need new solutions to migrate mess too. That stack of pretty boxes? Vintage suitcases? Second closet? All are really mini (or not so mini) time capsules of whatever I tossed in there at the time. Perhaps anthropologically interesting in 100 years… but currently it really is rather embarrassing. For instance, this sums up my Tupperware cupboard perfectly. And yes, I have a whole cupboard for Tupperware in our small kitchen. The mess grew out of a drawer and earned itself a cupboard.
Every so often I get a strange fit of enthusiasm and decided that dealing with my organized chaos will CHANGE MY LIFE. Well we will see about that, but I’m starting small. Achievable. With my handbag.
*Disclaimer* In the interest of complete honesty which is the intention of this blog I am going to show you some disturbing pictures. If you are a nice normal tidy person who files their mail upon receiving, rolls their cables and can find keys in their bag in less than 10 seconds, you should probably skip this post. You have been warned!
This is my favorite handbag of the moment, the fabulous glitter and black from Pinup Girl Clothing. Isn’t she pretty?!
She is also quite large, and not possessed of any interior dividers which makes her very easy to fill with a large jumble of junk. She’s pretty deep, so you can’t quite see into the dark depths there… so I’ll go ahead and tip it all out.
I told you, pretty scary! And actually, this isn’t too bad… I was somewhat surprised by how little came out! Anything from light-bulbs and screwdrivers to underwear to a bottle of wine have been known to be found here….
Now, like any pinup worth her salt, I have a great many handbags. Although this is my go-to bag currently, I use many others depending on my outfit. And if I’ve been shopping. And when that happens, I pull out the necessaries for the day – wallet, lipstick, cell phone, diary and pop them in the bag of the day. And I get this
Look at me, all organized! Had you fooled huh!
Because of course, what happens, is I repeat this process and end up with this
Now, it’s a little hard to see, but inside nearly every one of those bags there are things lurking. And no, those aren’t all my bags!
Instead of 1 bag of junk…. I have 7 bags of junk. And it’s some law of my universe that when I’m looking for a particular lipstick it’s in the last bag. EVERY TIME. What is that!? On occasion there are benefits, like finding a $20 note you forgot about (who I am kidding, I mean a $2 coin…. yuuusss), or that eyeliner I thought I lost and already bought a new one. Now I have 2, neat!
An unintended consequence of getting those out to take that photo was that I really did find treasure! Here is some of the loot, of the non paper rubbish, non tampon or band-aid variety
So we’ve got a sparkly garter belt, an EFTPOS card I thought was lost, 80 cents (score!), a random bag of old screws, a tape measure, 6 hair clips, an earring, a polkadot headband (been looking for that one for AGES), my Wheels and Dollbaby ring, bobby pins, my Fluff mirror compact (THERE you are!), a bracelet, a pen, a comb, a brooch, a safety pin, a SIM card and 1 Hershey’s kiss. Not a bad haul.
Clearly, I need a new system. It would be nice to not have to spend 5 minutes looking for my keys every time I need them, and having to call my cellphone to find it in my purse. To have my lipstick instantly accessible! To not find weird scary things, ever!
So… where to start? Well I got the old wheels cranking and Googled “Handbag organizer”. I know right, pretty clever. And such a thing exists, loads of them! What a good plan, I can have everything in this cool compartmentalized thingymajig, all my bits can have their own home and then I just SWAP it from bag to bag! Genius! Why didn’t I think of this before! (If you have one of these and are shaking your head at me, cut me some slack… not all of us are as clued up on amazing technological innovations)
Well there are plenty of plastic looking ones around for less than $10, but I thought there must be something nicer out there for my beautiful bag! And I stumbled across this fabulous company in Korea called Samorga, who makes oodles of different organizers for every type of handbag, all out of quality felt and in all colours of the rainbow. And they make custom sizes too. They have been well reviewed on many sites and blogs, are reasonably priced and actually very cute! Needless to say, I had to get my hands on one.
I ordered an organizer in a size I thought would work well in a variety of my handbags, in a gorgeous orange heather colour. And a few weeks later it arrived, nicely packaged and wrapped in tissue. The quality looked excellent and the felt thick and soft and I couldn’t wait to try it out!
Luckily since I had guest-imated the size, it seemed to fit my favorite red Amoeba handbag from Pinup Girl Clothing, as well as several others. The size I ordered was the N1(W8 H5.9 D4in) / mini. Once again I tipped out my handbag disaster… and got to work.
And here is my new organized…organizer! So tidy! A pocket for everything, and best of all you can actually SEE what’s in the pockets!
Here is the Samorga organizer in my Amoeba handbag. The size I ordered fits snugly in this handbag, I have to close it firmly due to the shape of the bag since it tapers at the top. It is an odd size bag though, and I am left with the “end bits” of dead space where it curves. But considering the space I am using is now actually useable, I am well pleased. I can also tuck things I am not going to need immediate access to down in the corner, like a pair of gloves, or an apple ;)
I have also shown it in another handbag from Pinup Girl Clothing, I have this one in both leopard and pineapple print.
It really makes it so easy to transfer from one bag to another!
And here it is in a larger tote like I might use on the weekend so there is extra room for things like a water bottle and sweater. Or kid crap.
My verdict is… I love this and it’s fabulous! So practical, and for someone like me, a lifesaver! I’d like to think I won’t ever lose my keys again… but chances are I will find a way. I definitely want a tiny one now for my little handbags :) I just took my new organized handbag on its first outing and I had to keep opening it to look at how pretty it is… I even wanted to show the man at the gas station. But I didn’t. He didn’t look like handbag fan.
Hope you enjoyed this review… and if you have a handbag habitat that’s looking a bit on the wild side… grab yourself a Samorga baby… you won’t regret it!
Natalie – True Confessions of a Vintage Addict xx
Thank you to the lovely Natalie for sharing her tips on how to organize the trenches of our handbags. You can find more fabulous articles just like this one at True Confessions of a Vintage Addict.