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If you are anything like me, you’ve probably been out on the town with your husband and realized that you need something like Advil or a stain remover. You look in your purse, and either (a) can’t find it, or (b) realize you never put it in there. Now you are stuck with a headache or big stain for the rest of your date night, right? This has happened to me too many times to count.
I’ve tried to get organized. I was one of those women who had a pill bottle full of random medicine in my purse, and I have also been that woman who has odds and ends like hair bands and a nail file rolling around in the bottom of my purse. Sound familiar? Well, I have the perfect solution! A purse organizer; not just any purse organizer, but a stylish and easy to make DIY purse organizer.
DIY Purse Organizer
I’ve seen the infomercial for a purse organizer before, and even purchased one. It was still too bulky for me. I don’t need a place to put my phone or sunglasses, I already have spots for them in my purse. What I need is basically that pill bottle full of random medicine with other date night savers thrown in there. Oh, and I need to be able to tell what each thing is without dumping it all out. Is this too much to ask?
Then I came up with this idea for a DIY purse organizer made from a coupon organizer. As you can see in the photo below, on the left is a basic gray coupon organizer I bought at Walmart for about $2.50. It has sections for various coupons organized by aisle in the store. I decided to make it more stylish and also fill the sections with my date night essentials. The photos on the right is how it all turned out. Pretty snazzy, right?
As with all of my DIY projects, this purse organizer is super easy to make. Keep reading to see how to make it and what I filled mine with for date nights.
- Coupon organizer that fits in your purse
- Contact paper with a design you like
- Note cards
- Resealable snack bags
How to make the purse organizer:
Step 1: Roll out the contact paper (design side down) and place the coupon organizer on top.
Step 2: Trace an outline of the coupon organizer onto the contact paper. Make sure to include all of the pieces including the flap and the bottom of the organizer.
Step 3: Measure an extra half inch around the outside of your tracing (note: photo shows 1 inch, but I found that was too large and cut it down).
Step 4: Cut the contact paper along the newly drawn rectangle.
Step 5: Starting on the front of the organizer, begin peeling off the backing of the contact paper and adhering it to the organizer. When you reach the circle on the front, poke a hole in the contact paper with scissors, and cut up, down, right and left to the edges of the circle (see photo). When you get to the fastener string, poke a hole in the paper with scissors and then feed the string through the hole.
Step 6: Fold the extra half inch of contact paper over each edge and press tightly so it sticks. Cut excess contact paper from the corners as needed.
For the front circle: push the four pieces under the circle. I used the edge of the scissors to do this.
Step 7: Now you can fill the organizer. Place your date night essential (Nexium 24HR shown below) in a snack bag and staple one side of the bag to a note card. I stapled it once on the right and once on the left.
Step 8: Seal the bag and write what the bag contains at the top of the note card. Now you can place it in a section of the organizer. Repeat this with all items you want to include.
Now you can close the organizer and put it in your purse! When you are out with your hubby for date night and need something, just pull out the note card and open the bag to get what you need. Easy peasy!
Date night essentials for your purse
With my purse organizer, I have made sure to cover a lot of the common mishaps that can happen when I’m out on a date with the hubby. Here are the items I’ve included (shown in photo above):
- Self-adhesive buttons – in case I lose a button
- Small nail file – in case I break a nail
- Emergen-C – in case I feel a cold coming on
- Nexium 24HR – in case I get heartburn
- Blister pad – in case my shoes give me a blister
- Sewing kit – in case I rip my dress
- Stain removing wipe – in case I get a stain on my dress
- Advil Liqui-gels (use as directed) – in case I get a headache
- Hair band – in case I want to put my hair back
- Deodorant sponge – in case I have a white deodorant stain
- Static guard – in case my dress gets static and starts sticking to itself
- Earring back – in case I lose one
- Lint removing sheets – in case I have lint or (more likely) dog hair on me
- Fashion tape – in case my dress isn’t staying where it should be
- Shoe shine sponge – in case I scuff my shoes
All of the above items (and the supplies for the purse organizer) were all purchased at Walmart! You’ll want to make sure to go to the pharmacy/medicine cabinet aisles to pick up these healthy essentials:
- Nexium 24HR – Just one a day. All-day, all night frequent heartburn protection. (May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed.)
- Emergen-C – More Healthy Days, More Healthy Nights
- Advil Liqui-Gels (use as directed) -Nothing’s faster on tough pain (among OTC pain relievers).
With these items in my purse, a date night will never be ruined! But date night is not the only time you want to make sure you are healthy and have what you need, get more ideas and products for every part of your life.
What would you include in your date night essentials for your purse?