Purse Pleaser – not just another bag organizer

by Paris B on · 12 comments

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When I was introduced to the Purse Pleaser bag organizer by Li, I could not help making a comparison to a desk caddy for stationery. It had that same look about it. Unlike most bag organizers we are used to, like the one I purchased before, the Purse Pleaser is made of sturdy plastic. “How would that work in a bag?” I thought as I looked the contraption over.

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Well, the best way to know of course, is to use it!

I’d been using the canvas bag organizer I purchased before this in my large tote. It was filled with all the stuff I carry about everyday and it kept everything in its place. It was also very heavy perhaps due to all the stuff I carry around everyday. I replaced it with the Purse Pleaser and to my surprise, found that I had more space in the Purse Pleaser than I needed and my shoulders weren’t aching!

The benefit to having an organized bag is this:-
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  • Its Safer - You no longer have to root around for your car keys and house keys which means you can remain more aware of your surroundings and personal safety.
  • No more missed calls - If you are like me before and can never find your ringing phone because its buried deep inside the recesses of your bag.

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The other surprise benefit I found in using the Purse Pleaser is that it was lighter than I expected! The plastic is very lightweight and very much lighter than the canvas organizer even when filled with my stuff. I had not realised that it was the bag organizer that was contributing to the weight on my shoulders.

The Purse Pleaser comes in a set of 3 sizes – small, medium and large.
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Small Purse Pleaser

The small size is approximately 2.5″ x 4.75″ and is extendable up to 7.75″ It fits into smaller bags as you can see below. The presumption is that if you carry a smaller bag, you should be carrying less things and so there are less compartments – still its enough for the basics – keys, lipsticks, tissue paper, wallet (provided you don’t have a hulking wallet like mine!).

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Medium Purse Pleaser

The Medium purse pleaser is approximately 8.5″ x 3.25″. It fits into medium size bags and has more compartments because the presumption of course is that you will be carrying more things in a medium sized bag as opposed to a small bag.

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Large Purse Pleaser

The Medium size extends from 8.5″ to 13.5″ x 3.25″ to fit into large tote bags. The extender compartment can be scaled and locks in place rather loosely. You can fit quite a lot of stuff in the maximum extension as you can see below.

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The benefits of the Purse Pleaser as I have discovered after a couple of weeks use is this:-

  • It suits structured bags and helps make them look better. Some bags are just made to look structured and the purse pleaser helps in not causing a saggy bottom. I mean the bag not your derriere. Nothing can help a saggy derriere except lots of exercise icon razz Purse Pleaser   not just another bag organizer
  • It keeps the inside of your bag organized. It actually keeps the inside even more organized than the canvas bag organizer. You can quite literally see everything you want or need at one glance without having to remember which pocket you put your things in, which can be very helpful.
  • It makes it easy to change bags. I literally pick up the purse pleaser out of one bag and dump it right into another without having anything fall out. That is very convenient.
  • I can keep any sized bag organized. The 3 sizes available fit most bags so every single bag can be kept organized, including bags with dividers in them! I just pop the small organizer in the middle zip compartment and it makes it easy to locate things instead of rooting around.
  • No more losing Parking tickets and touch card passes. I don’t usually lose them anyway, but now that I can place the touch cards and parking tickets in a specific slot and have them in full view, I don’t have to spend time digging around various pockets in my bag looking for them and panicking.
  • Its washable. Because its plastic, its easily washable and dries quickly too.

Because I like giving a balanced view, there are a few drawbacks to the Purse Pleaser too:-

  • It does not suit all styles of bags. Some bags are made to slouch like hobos. The purse pleaser with its structured style will spoil the line of these bags. You could of course have some modicum of organization with the small set that does not affect the slouchiness. It also does not work well in deep bags.
  • The compartments are a little rigid. I mean rigid in the sense of size. My bulky wallet does not fit into any of the spaces and I have to store it standing up with my camera – not that it bugs me. My sunglasses too does not fit into the space they allocated for sunglasses and there’s absolutely no space for a makeup pouch if you carry one. I however only carry lipstick so I’m fine. You can of course place your makeup pouch, notebook or wallet next to the purse pleaser if you carry a larger roomier bag. I tried it and it works.
  • It can be noisy. Yes, because its hard plastic, and if you have hard items in there knocking around, it can get a little noisy. Not recommended for those who like sneaking around icon wink Purse Pleaser   not just another bag organizer I got used to it after a spell and don’t hear it anymore.

Do I like the purse pleaser?

Yes I do. Despite having to get over the desktop caddy look of it, I like how it keeps the inside of all my bags organized at a glance. One problem I had with the canvas bag organizer was that it did not fit most of my bags due to size or shape. With the Purse Pleaser, the  sizes fit nicely into most of the bags I own and then some, while at the same time keeping my bags looking slim and not bulky.

You can purchase the Purse Pleaser set for RM150 at Tiny Tapir or Paperdoll (in store and online) or if you are in the USA you can purchase it online for US$24.95.

If you like an organized bag like I do, you’re going to love these!

Stay beautiful,

Paris B

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Li March 30, 2009 at 12:22 pm

thanks for the review :). One note, the difference between this and a desk caddy is the edges are all rounded so as not to poke holes or make indentations in our bag

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prettybeautiful March 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm

this looks quite good, my bag is bloated and loaded with the canvas bag organizer :( and it is heavy. RM150 for 3 isn’t quite exp, but forking out rm150 one shot is quite an ounch. and…hmmmmm why is it always cheaper in USD??? Damn

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tinytapir March 30, 2009 at 7:13 pm

“why is it always cheaper in USD??? Damn” — because it’s an American company and when we import it into Malaysia we have to pay customs tax and shipping costs ;).

You can purchase it directly from the US, but shipping to Malaysia ends up being something like US$15 for 1 PP, then you have to wait for shipment (approx 2 weeks) and might get caught by customs – that’s an additional 20 – 30%.

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Calz March 31, 2009 at 9:08 am

This is totally unrelated… I love your wallet! Where did you get it from? :P

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ParisB March 31, 2009 at 9:53 am

Hi Calz

Thank you I love it too! :) Its a Banana Republic mock croc wallet I purchased during a sale. Has loads of compartments which is important for me, but that makes it super bulky sometimes.

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miith April 4, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Hey ya Paris, i love your blog.
I’m not quite sure about this organizer. I have to say the previous one looks more practical.

But on a brighter side, this provides a good base to knock people off with your bag
(think of it as a protection against people who are up to no good. Just kidding, but seriously… LOL)

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ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Hi Miith

I must agree the previous canvas organizer looks more flexible. This one is nice for structured bags or totes though – just not for every bag. :)

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mara November 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm

I bought my Purse Pleaser on Ebay

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jenny November 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Great article! Thanks for the details.
I love the Purse Pleaser. It keeps everything organized in my handbag. It also protects the liner in my Chanel bag. I purchased mine at PurseBling.com. They also have the Purse To Go which is a soft sided organizer insert. It’s a great product too.

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jenny November 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm

By the way – love this site. I added an entry in my blog today pointing to mywomenstuff.com. Great job – very informative and well written articles. Thanks again.

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Brendan June 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Thank you for this review I was trying to figure out a great gift to get for my girlfriend for her birthday. I know she hates how her purse is always so messy. So I was looking around for something that could change that and I was not sure about this product but now after reading your review I plan on buying real soon for her.

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