Bags, Bags everywhere, which one will I use?
Probably the same one I have right now because I can’t find the one I need. 🙁
A confession: – “I don’t always practice what I preach.”
For those of you who have taken my classes, participated in webinars or just follow along with posts on FB/Twitter you know EASY is a key word in most of my presentations. When you make things easy to get to you’ll use them, if it’s difficult those things will just become “stored” items. I had a little epiphany about this in my own home just last week.
Another confession, I have a problem with handbags. I LOVE THEM! Its the first department I go to in any department store. They are the thing I most often search for on the internet. They are the piece of any woman’s outfit that I notice first. It’s so bad that my boys actually have a plan to run visual interference of handbags any time we’re shopping together. Max wraps his arm around mine and guides me away from the accessories department while London walks sideways waving his arms to obstruct my view. I’m sure it’s quite a site to the observing shopper.
In my old house I had a few glass front cabinets where I kept all of these fabulous treasures. They were visible and accessible. I used them! In my new house, all I have are shelves high up in the closet. This means that all of my lovely ladies have to be stored in their dust bags, out of reach.
Last week my darling girlfriend Heidi Hurst, who just happens to be the best real estate agent in the South Puget Sound (no, I’m not biased), came over to help me with some wardrobe issues. (She was supposed to convince me to return a number of new purchases – but being the good friend she is, she was able to help me justify keeping everything.)
Okay, I digress. With one of the outfits, I said, “Oh, I have the perfect bag to go with that, let me show you.” I went into the closet, scanned the shelves of dust bags, looked around for the step stool, decided it was out in the garage, you get the idea. I emerged from the closet and said “I don’t know which bag it’s in, but it’ll be really cute.”
After Heidi left I started thinking about those bags, and about the fact that I had carried the same black bag all winter last winter and the same pink bag all summer this summer, and that the reason I hadn’t changed bags was because it was too much work to find the bag I needed. Something had to be done! I had become a collector, not a user.
When I got up this morning I decided to make a change. I wanted to use those wonderful bags, but how could I make them visible and accessible while still keeping them clean and protected from dust. Voila!! It came to me.
I would photograph each of the bags.
Print the photos and pin them to the dust bags.
Arrange the bags in some sort of “rainbow” on my shelf.
Purchase one of those small collapsible step stools so I could keep it handy.
BONUS: I can upload the “handbag” album to my phone so when I’m shopping I can pull up the pictures of the bags and match them to scarves, shoes, belts, or any other accessory without having to guess at the color. YEAH!!!
Here’s the result:
Step One – Take Photos.
Quick snap shots of each of the bags.
Finding it on the shelf took just a few seconds, and my new step stool made it quick and EASY to reach.
One other helpful hint. If you’re going to change your bag on a regular basis. Encourage yourself to do it by designating a place to “dump” the contents of your bag. I used a tray at the end of my bed. Another bonus to the “dump” tray, you’re almost forced to clean out your bag on a regular basis.