Handbag Clutter – Huffington Post

Posted by Vicky Silverthorn on 2nd August 2012 (updated: 2nd March 2018)

Right, how to start this shameful Blog?


Yes – I am indeed a Professional Organiser and yes…for a living I de-clutter peoples homes and lives.


This DOES mean that I am extremely organised myself and yes it DOES mean that I enjoy to regularly go through my belongings getting rid of all that is no longer welcome and giving it to a new home – ‘Making someone else Happy’ is my description for this…


However…..there is one area in my life which I haven’t cracked. An area which every day bugs me, causes me and my poor body issues and an area that I hide from my many clients…




Take a look below….OH THE SHAME!




*Here for your interest are the contents of my bag. You will probably work out why I have a bad back! Oh, and I am doing this for real so nothing will be hidden…


A back support band

1 pair black leather gloves

A nail buffering set An A4 Note book

1 Green Envelope (My initiative allowing all clients to get access to my top recommendations)


A wallet containing over 16 plastic cards etc (no credit cards I might add!)


3 Lucky charms – a stone heart from the beautiful Carmel in California, the head of a Japanese keyring that broke and a small glass guardian angel that hasn’t left my side for over eight years!


Chanel face powder (I hate my nose being shiny!)


1 50ml bottle of Stella Nude perfume

2 lip glosses (Trish McEvoy & Lancome)

1 40ml tube of hand cream (Aveda hand releif)

2 Dermalogica trial sachets (sheer tint moisture)

1 small foundation

A large make-up brush

1 eyeliner (Black, Mac)

1 mint breathe spray (I’m not a gum girl)

1 Rennie heart burn tablets

3 hair clips 1 bottle nail varnish

5 hair bands

1 (clean) pair of socks


A music CD

1 box business cards

1 box business postcards


4 pens (yet I obviously can never find one!) 1 ‘Keep Calm’ Oyster card


A BlackBerry headset

My BlackBerry

1 BlackBerry charger (I find the battery SO bad!)

1 iPad charger

1 iPad

2 USB cables

1 sat nav

1 mino flip cam

1 small USB stick


A large pile of non-work related receipts (the work related ones are filed neatly in an allocated section of my wallet!!)




Now. This I think you’ll agree is excessive. There is no way I need to carry this ridiculous amount with me daily (my back is certainly not having a good time) Even if I did carry this I wouldn’t know what I had as it is all in such a mess.


I can honestly say there are not really any areas of my life that are cluttered but this is the worst. I am ashamed and there is no excuse (unless you let me use the fact that I organise others lives every day?!?!) but no, no excuse I agree.


*There is however a solution and I am loving it!


Bags in Bags


Fun to go out, choose and buy and an uncomplicated strategy that is as always, nice and practical. Keep-up-able!


So, take a look because I already know I will never go back:


Bag 1 – business cards, usb stick and pens


Bag 2 – Make-up bag (perfume has been put on the fantastic atomiser (shown on top)


Bag 3 – BlackBerry charger, USB cable and flip cam


-My sat nav stays, it works best for me in here.


-My wallet has been emptied and work receipts filed into there usual corresponding envelope (Jan 12, Feb 12, March 12 etc etc…)


-There are some things I will not compromise on – the good luck charms – well they are not going anywhere!


The end result – mmmmm organised! I love it!




I hope you like this friendly solution, have fun going out and buying your little bags an remember to choose different bags so you don’t get mixed up!

About Vicky Silverthorn

Vicky Silverthorn started her first business in 2010. After ten years working as a PA for well known names such as Lily Allen as well as professional sports people, she decided that she wanted to concentrate on the area of Professional Organisation and Decluttering.