Are you passionate about your purses? Does decluttering your handbag collection seem impossible? If so, I totally understand your situation. Handbags can be costly which is a top reason why we keep them past their expiry date.
I once had a Lancel bag which, after enjoying for a time, I stopped wearing. But I found it difficult to let go on account of its monetary value. But as it had been a dust collector for a few years and looked a bit worn, I decided to let it go which gave my closet the gift of more space and breathing room.
You know how doctors see doctors, and psychologists see psychologists? The same is a good practice for Professional Organizers. I once engaged the services of a Professional Organizer for my own closet. There was value in my having an objective professional lead me through the decision-making process. I know, both as a Professional Organizer (PO) and as a client following a PO’s lead.
Together, we sorted through my shoes, purses (I had tackled the Lancel prior), and clothes. We divided them into the categories of keepers, laundry, repair, and donations. Then I either put my clothes in the laundry or back into the closet, and returned my shoes and purses to their places or bagged them to bring to the shoe repair. I brought the bags of donations and for repair to my car and dropped them off that week. It is best to get your items out of the house as soon as possible, and avoid the risk of sifting through your items again and taking things out to keep.
We all have a couple of clothing pieces that we’ll only wear inside our home, that we wouldn’t dare to wear outside the house. For me it is a printed rayon dress, cool to wear in the summer but not too cute at all! I will let it go once I find one to replace it.
Why are you keeping the purse? Because it was expensive? If it’s out of style, you no longer wear it, and/or its worn or the lining is ripped, why are you holding on to it? If you can’t come up with a good reason that makes sense to you, let it go!
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Just like exercise builds muscle, so does decluttering – the decluttering muscle. Start with the easy-to-let-go-of-stuff, then start Decluttering Your Handbag Collection.
Watch me lead a client in her decluttering process, here is a link to that episode of “Buy Me” on HGTV
For added inspiration, watch this video about a major handbag declutter.