Purse vs. travel organization

This might be too compulsive for some, but here goes:

For awhile I was quite enamored of cute travel-sized anything--from lotion, shampoo, polish remover, Q-tips, tissues, tiny sewing kits etc and I kept them organized in a drawer in my bathroom counter area. Not a huge drawer, but took up the whole drawer. I used them for what I call "real travel" (suitcase, by plane or car) and also for when I needed a particular item to carry in purse.

I also have an underbed box that is my "travel" box and it has proved useful as it contains a stocked toiletry case (for non-air-travel--boy, did Homeland Security do away with nicely organized travel toiletry gizmos, or what!), travel hair stuff, very lightweight robe, shoe-sized plastic bags, expanda-bag, security wallet, small luggage items--various items I may use on a family vacation or business trip and have found very convenient to keep all in one spot.

At some point, I realized a couple of things. First, my obsession with miniature everything wore off, plus now anywhere you go you get "complimentary" toiletries, so I am mostly focused on the basics and have pared down. Second, even though I had the individual items, I was constantly collecting things when I went out the door-- sometimes for different purses, or for other reasons--even while trying to use some "purse organizers". Instead I tend to need what I call "purse modules" such as evening bag minimalist items (no room for more), sunny day outing stuff, eye stuff (contact lens wearer with dry eyes!), good-for-anytime lipstick, that might best be corralled in a few different zip bags or mesh bags. I also have a few inherited 'vintage' purse or cosmetic items I would like to make more use of as fun items. Plus I sometimes, in purse or on a walk or something, need a different wallet than my main giganto wallet, or I take a micro-purse, so I have a couple items like that. And for my purse or "day travel" I don't use a lot of the items that I might take on a trip.

So, I have found that it makes more sense to separate the items by point of use and type of use, adn the drawer is more "prime real estate" and good for things I might reach for every day or every week, compared to my travel box. I can make some space in my largish travel box for a few of each of the items I use to replenish toiletries or nifty items I might need on a trip. Then I am turning my drawer into more of a "leaving the house" drawer, but one that is more useful, with a few of these "purse modules", and now I have room for small purses & wallet.

My husband also dumps travel toiletries into one of his drawers and has filled it up. He doesn't really care about it; it's more of a habit and I think he collects them for me when the item has an exotic name or scent. By re-doing my travel box and making some room there, we will be able to let that be a destination for a few of those items and free up one of "his" drawers for some things that have gravitated to the bathroom counter.

I used to be a one-purse person and somewhere along the line got into the idea that I needed more. Well, that has proved to be its own clutter problem and so this re-organization is also helping me to simplify there, so maybe I'll eventually not need even the stuff in the drawer! But it is a step in the right direction.

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