The top New Year’s resolutions, year after year, typically revolve around losing weight, being fit, and eating healthy. It is true that we should all focus on the above in our lives, but doesn’t that get kind of lame as far as New Year’s Resolutions go? “Hi, what’s your New Year’s Resolution?” Answer, “To loose these extra 10 lbs I’ve been carrying for over 5 years now”. Predictable.

So instead of sharing the typical and expected resolutions with you, I am going to focus on my 2011 New Year’s Handbag Resolutions, because this is the PurseBlog. At first I thought this post might be a tad more humorous, but handbag resolutions are serious business everyone. So click below to see what I plan to do when it comes to handbags in 2011!

1) Change my handbags out more often

My collection of handbags has reached an overwhelming number, maybe around 100 bags right now. That means I could switch out my bags daily and if you were to see my every single day of the year, you would only see me recycle each bag about 3-4 times. That statistic is sickening.

I somehow manage to leave many bags stored away and pushed too far back, so much so that I neglect to use them. It is time to wipe off the dust, and give each individual bag a little loving. That means it is time to stop yearning for new and love and wear the old (which I obviously once yearned for).

2) Only buy bags that I will actually use

Sounds silly right? Like, duh, you only buy a new handbag so you can use it. But I have this ‘thing’. It involves me buying something really nice and then only wanting to use it for special occasions. I blame it on my mom (hi mom!). It is not necessarily a bad thing, it is just a ‘thing’.

For example when I bought my first Birkin, I literally probably only carried it about 5 times in the first year. It both sounds and is ridiculous. But I wanted to keep that Birkin pristine so I carefully wrapped it and put it away only to be taken out for the right occasions.

But who am I fooling – these are accessories we are talking about. And they are meant to be used. So in 2011, if I am buying a “special” bag, I will use it. If I think it may be treated with the same fate of my first Birkin in its first year, it is staying at the store.

3) Edit the contents of the inside of my bag

After our first batches of What’s in Her Bag, I have realized one major thing: I need to clean out my bag better. My bag is not a mess by any means, but I need to plan-fully edit. The innards need to be thoughtfully included and this will make my bag carrying experience much more enjoyable.

4) When it comes to purchasing, think and re-think if my collection needs that addition

Again, Captain Obvious here. But sometimes we all need to sit back and take a look at our purse collection. Some people may only want large black hobos, but if you want variety, make sure you don’t start over-doing certain areas. I need to go sit in my handbag closet and decide what is needed. Do I need another neutral colored shoulder bag? No, I need a bright eye-catching exotic.

So dear brain, time to think before I click on purchase.

5) Stop talking about a Balenciaga bag and buy one already

Not only will I love it, but you all will greatly appreciate me shutting my yap about the hunt for the perfect BBag. Number 1, I clearly have built this up a bit too much and number 2, even I am sick of this hunt. My posting about Balenciaga can be found here here here here here here and here

So there you have my 2011 Handbag resolutions – what are yours?

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Monica
Monica
12 years ago

Do you have a look book for your bags? I took a picture of each of my bags in the same place in my house next to a magic 8-ball (no reason for that, totally random) so I could see the size of each bag. Then I put all of the pictures in a photo album arranged by size. I use the look book to pick out a bag for the week or day or whatever.

I also keep all of the pictures on my BlackBerry so when I’m out I can compare a bag I’m considering buying with the rest of the bags I already own. I curb a lot of stupid handbag purchases that way.

And if I’ve bought a bag I don’t let myself use it for a week. I put it on my kitchen counter with the tags still on so I can see it for seven days. If I still like it, the tags come off. Otherwise, it goes back to the store.

It sounds like a lot of effort but I kept buying the same type of bag over and over. Happy shopping!

PhotoGirl
PhotoGirl
12 years ago
Reply to  Monica

This is brilliant!
I am ashamed to admit that I am a professional photographer who has no pictures of her own handbags. Unacceptable. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Monica! Just the kick in the pants that I need to start organizing my closet.

Monica
Monica
12 years ago

So if you had all of the money and space in the world how would you organize, store and display your bag collection? That could be a fun blog entry if you haven’t done something like that already. What do the uber rich do? I can’t imagine leaving them all out to get dusty. Maybe little compartments with glass doors? Would you organize by color? Size? Brand?

Mousse
Mousse
12 years ago

In 2011 I am going to add a BV cabat (runway) and large nero veneta or belly to my collection. BV is timeless and the most exquisite handbag design on the planet, in my humble opinion. I have a large collection of bags and plan to sell off many that I just don’t wear. My BV bags are now my go-tos unless it is raining. I try to switch out as often as possible, but find that my mainstay BVs in fever, oxidized copper, and purple work with my wardrobe colors. (ipad)

Monica
Monica
12 years ago

Maybe you haven’t bought a Balenciaga because you don’t really want one? There has to be some reason why you don’t have one yet. Personally, I’m not a fan.

On a side note, the recently released Balenciaga perfume is gorgeous and it’s my primary perfume these days. It smells like something to wear in the winter months instead of the flowery stuff I usually wear in the summer. It’s really nice.

Amanda
Amanda
12 years ago

You live in NYC now, what is that, like BBag capital of the US? Don’t stress over it! You’re lucky that you can afford one – I keep telling myself that one day I’ll be out of college and have a great job and will be able to buy all the bags I want. Don’t think or worry about it, you know how you are. I’ve been reading this blog for years, it seems like you know when something truly speaks to you. Just wait around until you see one that totally screams MEGS BUY ME I’M THE BAG YOU’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR. I think you’ll know it when you see it. 🙂

sneezz
sneezz
12 years ago

Nice post! My NY resolution is to stop spending $ frivolously! (iPad)

annabelle
annabelle
12 years ago

Those are some good resolutions. It’s actually good to consider them on other categories other than bags, but I have to say I AM JEALOUS of your collection. I guess I can say I still have the future ahead of me to fulfill my dream in collecting many purses.

I was also just wondering. When you bought that one Balenciaga bag (and you later returned it correct?) did it really have a great difference in color? I am just realizing how different my computer screen color is to the actual item that comes to my front door. (ipad)

Danielle
Danielle
12 years ago

I love this post, and can totally relate! I think the issue with changing the bags is you get attached to one especially when you get a new one! I love the feeling of wearing a new one, and getting butterflies every time you see yourself in a mirror or a window display! But changing it up is a must! Also I need to move out of the Box. My last 6 bags are black leather! Please also post about storing handbags and maybe what’s in your collection I am dying to know!

Britney Anderson
Britney Anderson
12 years ago

My HandBag resolution is to get a Chanel flap! (ipad)

nick
nick
12 years ago

Number 4. (ipad)

Tiffany
Tiffany
12 years ago

I resolve to wait till the bag goes on sale! Not just a <10 % off if you buy it now sale. A real sale with an additional friends and family discount on top of the sale. It made me a little sick to see my handbag on sale so many times this season (though not in the same color). I still love the bag, but the husband gets pretty upset even though he doesn't say anything about it anymore 🙁

19yearslater
19yearslater
12 years ago

Bag resolutions, good idea. I try to make resolutions I know I can and will keep, this year mine is to read 52 books. When it comes to purses mine is the same as your 4. (ipad)

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