what’s in my purse?

don’t you love a good purse dump?
maybe its just me being nosy, but i love it!
kate, from the small things blog, asked me to be a part of her series “what’s in your purse?” a couple weeks ago, and i thought i’d share it here as well!
this is the bag i’ve been carrying nearly every day lately – my new messenger bag.  i love the long strap to carry across my body and the roominess of the purse.  if i’m working at a coffee shop, i can even fit my laptop in there!
i have a lot in here, but its actually pretty organized – everything in its own space!
there are a couple pockets in here – one fitting my iphone perfectly, another for a pen (which is always floating around the bottom of my other purses), and another to catch smaller things (like my tape measure and business cards).
my favorite part of my bag is this little loop for my keys!  i always keep my keys on a caribeaner, to clip onto my belt loop if i’m running out to pick up the kids at school.  so i designed a loop in this bag so my keys are always at the ready and i never have to search for them!
here’s the dump!
yes, there’s a lot there, but its all pretty organized.  and pretty!  i love having pretty things in my bag that are also super functional.
1 – pen, mini tape measure, random note from lily (telling me she had a good day – makes me happy every time i see it!)
2 – checkbook cover holding 3 checkbooks: 1 for personal, 1 for business, 1 for the stitch market
3 – stitch market fliers for our boutique next week
4 – 2 zippered pouches: 1 for receipts, 1 for the daily essentials (see below)
5 – sunnies case – i cannot live without my sunglasses!  my light eyes are way too sensitive to go out without them.
6 – my gift card wallet (old, by fossil).  yes, i know its silly to carry 2 wallets, but when its this pretty it makes sense, right?
7 – tiny pouch holding business cards.  sometimes i use it to hold change.  sometimes i grab just this pouch, throw in my id, a credit card, and a little cash, and ditch the bag altogether!
8 – my wallet (from target – i think they still have it).  love the happy mustard color and the easy access of the credit cards.  i’ve never had to match my wallet to my purse, but it does always have to be 2 things:  pretty and functional.
9 – travel tissue case.  3 kids, cold season and allergies.  ‘nuf said.  also my coffee cuff, made by knitty bitties.  and my phone.
10 – covered notebook – i use this to keep random notes, to draw new product designs, to write blog and business ideas.
these 2 pouches keep my bag more organized than anything else!  what makes my bag the messiest is receipts and all the little essentials rolling around the bottom of the bag, but these 2 pouches keep them all corralled.
my zippered pouch holds my essentials:
tweezers, burt’s bees, cover girl lash blast volume mascara, mirror, hair elastic and bobbies, altoids cinnamon smalls (bigs are too strong!), cottonelle wipe (kid emergencies), lip pencils: cork by mac, radiant rosy by sephora, bandaid (again, kid emergencies), eye drops, and a tiny tin for aspirin.
how pretty is this wallet?!  i just wish it were more functional (its too tiny to hold everything i need).  but it holds my random club cards, coupons, and gift cards.
my absolute necessities: sunglasses, burt’s bees chapstick, lip pencils, and iphone.  can’t. live. without.
most random thing i carry: everything i carry has a function, except my note from lily.  that just makes me happy!
small purse or large:  once the weather gets warmer, i tend to go for a lighter, smaller bag.  in the summer, i carry a wristlet clutch and just toss in my wallet, zippered pouch, keys and sunnies!
change purse with outfit?: i don’t really switch out my bags much, unless it really really clashes with my outfit.
wallet matching bag?: nope.  as long as its pretty, i like it!
well, there you have it!  thanks so much for allowing me to share this space with you all, and hopefully i’ll see you over at my blog soon!


  1. 1
    Rachel Esther says:

    That has to be the prettiest purse dump I have ever seen! I feel inspired to clean out my bag now.

  2. 2

    Lovely….lovely purse!! I have to say….mine would never be so well organized!!! Maybe someday:)

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    Gale, Ky quilter says:

    So cute! I love your bag and all your accessories. I can tell a sewer owns this bag! Cute, cute, cute.

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    Nadir@StitchSense says:

    How fun! I love how organized your purse is with all the little pouches, I need to do this desperately, my current wallet is huge & I hate it. You’ve inspired me to dump my bag & reorganize! :-) Thanks for sharing.

  5. 5

    LOVE the purse and everything in it! I wish my purse looked that organized and pretty! lol

  6. 6

    Very pretty!

  7. 7

    SO organized. You would seriously not want to see inside my purse. Seriously.

  8. 8

    it’s ok – i’m nosy too!

  9. 9

    I’ve gotten a lot of flack for my full purse in my “what’s in my purse?” post. So encouraged to see you are prepared too! Here’s mine. (I promise this isn’t a shameless plug.)


  10. 10

    Love that you carry tweezers in your purse too! One just never knows when you will need them or find some ideal natural light for plucking your eyebrows! Haha!

  11. 11

    Eek! That is SUPER organized! I guess I need to give everything a good dump this week. C:

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    I love the fact that the purse is across the body- I set down my purse yesterday at the library- it got stolen :( (children’s section!)

  13. 13

    Goodness, everything really is so pretty and organized. I am so inspired now to prettify and organize my bag(s). Thank you!

  14. 14

    the purse is super chic – I would love to purchase one but without a zipper or a magnetic tab at the top – i would be too worried about pickpockets in the mall or anything falling out –

  15. 15

    So pretty! I love all of the happy things you carry around. :-) FUN colors.

  16. 16

    very cute and organized purse dump. love the new messenger bags. as always, your fabric choices are adorable.

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    kristin M says:

    Lindsey Cheney!!!!!
    Last week I e-mailed you regarding an iPad case in a particular fabric which was sold out in your shop. i got an e-mail back within 24 hours telling me that they would be re-stocked in a week or two. I happened to check back on Sunday and see that it was back in stock so immediately ordered it. It arrived today from one coast to the other (California to NH) and i could NOT be more thrilled or impressed!!!!!! My daughter is graduating from college on saturday and although I had planned to get her an iPad her fiancee beat me to it so instead i am getting her this lovely handmade case from The Pleated Poppy and a gift card for a spa day: massage, facial, pedicure, manicure and haircut. I cannot wait to give her her gift. Lindsey, you rock my socks off!!!!!

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    kristin M says:

    ^^^^^^ that’s Sunday to Wednesday, people!!!!

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    Eesh! You put my purse to shame with your organization!! I like to keep mine organized, but it’s also a collecting ground for gum wrappers which always find their way into the little nooks and crannies of things inside the purse!!

    Fun post!

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    I love my current wallet but it is big & clunky and a button is lose. I think you just inspired me to sew a new one.

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