We’re two weeks into the new year, and although I feel like I’m surrounded by resolutions, I haven’t made any of my own. I have never been a resolution-ist, and while in some previous years I would say I’d eat better, workout more, travel more or learn a new language, I never followed through. But this year, I decided on some resolutions that I not only want to do, but that I think I will do, and they revolve around my handbags.

Here are my handbag resolutions for 2015. Do you have any? If so, leave them in the comments.

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1. Change out my bag more often

I own a lot of handbags; the number is into the hundreds. I am a creature of habit, though, and when I find a bag that I like carrying, I carry it for a while. Sometimes a few weeks at a timem sometimes a month-plus. It means many of my handbags are just sitting idly, collecting dust.

This year, I want to change out my bags more often. It doesn’t just mean that I get to use more of the bags I own, but I get to know them better and see what I like and don’t like, and all that information means more Purseonals, obviously!

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2. Carry my ‘nice’ bags freely

I know this resolution sounds absurd, and it’s tied very closely with my first resolution. Last year, I shared that sometimes I’m afraid to carry my nice bags, and since I wrote that post, I’ve been much better about it. This year, I want to continue to make it a priority.

Quite a few of the bags I own can be seen as investment pieces, but I didn’t buy them for that reason; I bought them because I love them and want to use them. Using a bag means it will show wear or might get a scuff, and it might even have my jeans bleed onto it. Of course I will still treat my bags very well, but I want to make sure to use them, not just look at them.

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3. Edit my handbag collection

I’ve pretty much never gotten rid of a single bag that I own. I’m overly attached to my bags and I keep them all. Some of them I will most likely never wear again for various reasons. Most like, because they’re overused, out of style, over-worn, or I’m simply just over it.

Most of my more expensive designer bags are bags I carefully thought out, so not only did they make sense when I bought them, but they have staying power. Many of the contemporary bags I own are more seasonal, plus many don’t keep as well as premium designer bags do. I want to edit my collection down a bit and donate some of my older bags that I don’t use.

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4. Add bags that are missing from my collection

I was setting up my bags in my new closet last week and realized I don’t have a great tan bag. I also don’t have a great shopper tote. When I have the opportunity to look at all my bags it’s easier to see exactly what I have and what I’m missing.

The truth is I don’t need any new bags, but if I am to get any new bags this year, I want them to be bags my collection needs. Maybe it’s a brand I am lacking or a style or color I don’t have, but I want my bag purchases of 2015 to make sense for my collection.

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5. Clean out the contents of my bag

One of my personal favorite categories on PurseBlog is “What’s in Her Bag.” I love getting to see what bags people carry and what they have inside. However, either I’m the messiest bag person ever or people just like to share the good and not the bad. (The latter is the truth.) I was going through my bags recently and realized how much garbage I accumulate in them–like, actual garbage. I use an EmergenC packet and then put the empty packet back in my bag and forget to throw it away.

I don’t expect a perfect interior, but I need to be better about cleaning out my bags after I use them so that when I pull them back out, they aren’t filled with junk.

Those are my handbag resolutions, what are yours for 2015?

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Bibliothekarin
Bibliothekarin
7 years ago

These are great resolutions! I have ones similar to #1 and #5. And they go hand in hand! If you change out your bags frequently, you clear out the garbage!

Dania Esterman
Dania Esterman
7 years ago
Reply to  Bibliothekarin

I agree – I change my bag at least once a week and it forces me to clean it out each time. I have a bin nearby for the “what the heck do I do with this?” stuff so it doesnt stay in the purse.

shueaddict
shueaddict
7 years ago
Reply to  Dania Esterman

I tried the purse organizer – only to accumulate more junk, lint, coins and mints. The bin box is the only way to go .

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  Dania Esterman

The amount of ‘what the heck do I do with this stuff’ that I own is frightening – I need to just let go!!

Bibliothekarin
Bibliothekarin
7 years ago

These are great resolutions! I have ones similar to #1 and #5. And they go hand in hand! If you change out your bags frequently, you clear out the garbage!

Trenda
Trenda
7 years ago

Megs pls send some of your donated bags MY WAY!!!!! PLS & THANKS 😀

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  Trenda

Hahaha!

Mel
Mel
7 years ago

second that!

klynneann
klynneann
7 years ago
Reply to  Mel

Megs, what about selling them online somehow and donating the money to charity? This way everyone wins lol. 🙂

V
V
7 years ago

Wow, I feel like we just had a moment. I’ve wanted to get my “handbag act” together for awhile. I’m praying that 2015 will be the year but truthfully unless I come up with a really great strategy , I think I’ll be having this same revelation next year. I love my handbags, I have too many and I can’t help it. But I need to start: a-using them more because they need a life outside of their dust covers; b-cleaning and storing them properly; and c-(the one that breaks my heart) getting rid of some of the ones, as you so eloquently put it, “I’m simply just over”. I would like to make a resolution to stop buying for this year. But since I’m devoted to this blog, we can probably determine that that’s not gonna happen. Lol

kemilia
kemilia
7 years ago

I change my bags more frequently than I used to, and this forces me to toss the gum wrappers, receipts, dig out all the loose change and feed the piggy bank so I’m pretty ok in that department. My resolution is to return my library books ON TIME–not the biggest resolution but it will force me to read more (and put down the ipad). Oh yeah, you must have a “Meg’s Closet” yard sale (and notify me first, heh heh).

ellavanw
ellavanw
7 years ago

I will buy a Kelly in 2015 – and only a Kelly.

Rashmi
Rashmi
7 years ago

Great resolutions Megs, Hope you can implement them. We would definitely love to see more of your collection!

T Tara Bagnista
T Tara Bagnista
7 years ago

“Resolution” accomplished: Behind my walk in closet there’s another storage area that I had used for luggage and eventually handbags as my collection grew (the “overflow” area). The bags were piled haphazardly in their dust bags so when I wanted a specific bag, I had to dig for it. I was so sick of the mess. Last weekend I found a 4-tier shelving unit (I bought 3; each holds about 8-10 bags) that I used for organizing the lot
(not my entire collection, though)–including grouping bags from the same brand
together (one is even almost specifically devoted to Prada). Now, when I look in the storage area I can easily see where to grab.

I also change my bags regularly—wearing each about 2-4 days—and make the switch the night before. With any of my leather/one suede bags, I certainly check the weather before I carry.

For editing, I typically give unwanted items to my sister. One year for her birthday I decided to “recycle” some bags I had not worn in a long time rather than spend money on a gift. I sent her pictures of three Gucci bags (e.g., two were leather (red/black) “Jessica Simpson” horsebit hobo bags) that were sitting idle in my closet and asked her
to pick one as her gift. Subsequently, she purchased one of the other ones she hadn’t picked and even had the nerve to negotiate with me on the price (already discounted from my days as an employee).

When I add to my collection, I try to pick a color I’m missing or a new designer (e.g., I recently bought a Sophie Hulme mini soft flap bag in bordeaux on sale at NM).
The nicest bag I have is probably a Lanvin bowling bag I got highly discounted from Barney’s. The quality of the leather made me afraid to even carry it. I would love a Chanel bag; however, since this would fall into the category of “very nice”, I can’t
justify spending that kind of money unless/until I feel comfortable wearing it
regularly.

lavinia
lavinia
7 years ago

Tara I like your comment :), really so many good tips! I’m going to create a new closet just for bags, as I want to see/find them more easily.I also change them every 2-4 days. My last purchase was a Tory Burch one (which is a new brand here in Italy, till now I only say her shoes). I also have craft handbags, made in Florence. Thanks 🙂

Marina Harbor
Marina Harbor
7 years ago

Great Resolutions!, A great Tote is a Goyard St Louis! and I would buy the So Kelly in tan it is gorgeous!

Gia
Gia
7 years ago

2014 I cleared a ton of bags, 4 Burberry (2 never used) Fendi (never used) and Prada went to The Real Real (for resale), Marc Jacobs blue stam goodbye, kept the black one, Louis Vuitton Manhatten GM goodbye, and started using some more of my LV. Still looking at my Lady Dior and only used 3 times in 10 years. Yet wanted to keep since she’s such a beauty and she started my collection of premier designer bags.

2014 New additions were 4 Chanel, 3 Louis Vuittons.
For 2015 my newest baby, Louis Vuitton Alma GM vernis.
I have learned over the years I really love premier designer bags. So now, for work it’s just Kate Spade or Kors…keeps the jealous at bay and the company doesn’t think your making too much $.
But any other time I love LV and Chanel to carry everywhere!
My resolution is to find fabulous friends who love a great bag as much as I.

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