It’s the time of the year when we clear our closets, swapping summer clothes, sandals and straw and light handbags for sweaters, layers, boots, and leather and suede purses. We wanted to share some tips from our colleagues at the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) in order to simplify the closet change and how to have your Purse Perfector purse organizer ready to move from a slouchy hobo to a divided handbag to a snazzy leather clutch.
When hanging your winter clothes in your closet, turn the hook of the hanger backwards on the rod. After you wear that item, turn the hanger hook around. At the end of the season, you will be easily able to see what clothes you haven’t worn and should consign, donate or give to a friend.
Shoes and boots
If your suede boots or shoes have water spots or stains, get a suede brush (looks like a kitchen sponge with a soft and a scrubbing side) or sponge to softly rub the stains away. You can find these essential tools at your local shoe repair shop or the accessories area of a department or shoe store. After you have cleaned them or before you wear any new shoes, spray a little suede protector over the shoes to help resist spots.
Start by taking your Purse Perfector insert out of your summer bag and literally clean the inside and outside of those bags. Determine if your collection of summer bags, totes and purses are worthy of another season with you. Pad the inside of each bag with crumpled tissue paper or clear plastic dry cleaner bags, using more tissue or bags between the bags and place in a storage box which can fit in your closet, cupboard or under your bed.
Now would be a good time to empty your Purse Perfector, clean out the tissue crumbs, errant mints, etc. and either spot clean or place in a laundry bag and toss in your washing machine on gentle. Air dry. Reload.
Since my winter handbags tend to be heavier than my summer purses, I take out my folding fan and a small tube of sunscreen and any other warm weather items. I also switch lipstick and gloss colors, but much of the rest stays the same.
Now that I have my Purse Perfector perfectly organized and my winter purses are ready to be used, I want to be sure to see all my bags so I can easily slip my Purse Perfector into any bag within seconds and be ready to go. Using 3M plastic hooks, I hang several of my purses on unused wall space in our closet. When I want to use one of those purses, I have a hook to bring them down and I’m ready to go.
If I want to use a smaller handbag or a clutch, I simply unzip the two sections of my Purse Perfector™, rearrange a few items, use a small wallet and just use the short section to keep everything at my fingertips and in predictable order.