Growing up I always used to tell my mom “your purse is not your briefcase” (something I heard on Oprah). She was always toting around a big heavy bag, that seemed to me to be full of stuff she didn’t need.
There have been reports of how carrying a heavy purse can give women back and shoulder problems, and yet many of us do it. And you know how it goes, purse stuff is like a gas, it will expand to the size of the container you put it in. So if you carry a big bag, odds are you will find it has a way of filling itself up such that when you try to switch back to a smaller bag, you have too much stuff.
For the majority of my life I have always tried to carry a light purse. When I was in school that wasn’t so hard because I also had a backpack with me most of the time so I could use it for overflow. I am pretty loyal to a bag, I am not the type that switches purses to be fashionable since that is just too much work, and I end up forgetting things I need. I usually stick with a bag a couple of months before I rotate to the next one.
Ever since I have had dogs I have always made it a point to carry a crossbody bag so that I can have my hands free with the dogs (and now the kids). I usually only had a few things in there like my wallet, my phone, maybe a hair elastic or chap stick and some Tylenol.
However, now that I have three kids and I am doing a job where my appearance matters I find my purse getting heavier and heavier. While diapers and bottles are only occasional, as a mother you want to be prepared for everything. This is especially a problem because my stomach muscles split when I was pregnant with the girls, leaving my core weak, so despite my best efforts I find myself getting side cramps (you know like ones you get from jogging) because of my purse.So as an experiment I decided to take everything out of my purse and see what I was actually carrying around. It turned out to be more than I thought. The problem was, it looks to me like I need it all!
Here we go!
- compact for makeup touch ups
- doggie poop bags (they actually have so many uses!)
- regular gloves (usually I keep these in my coat)
- back up gloves
- oral analgesic and Tylenol 3 (I just had an emergency root canal today so these are not always)
- tea tree oil stick for when I feel a zit coming on
- extra straws
- nail repair kit
- hair elastic
- anti-bacterial hand towelette
- key card (for work)
- hair clip
- subway tokens
- low cal sweetner packets
This was just a random check but at times you can also find, diapers, contact case and glasses case with glasses (if I wear contacts that day, a muffin, candy, toys, and sometimes lady products.
I still consider myself lucky since there are other things I would like to carry but don’t such has a hairbrush (luckily I have one of those haircuts that looks good messy). I keep my keys in my coat pocket and also tend to carry my phone on a holster on my waist, so that takes some weight out of my bag as well.
Still, I am not really sure how I can lighten the load.
So I’d like to hear from you. What do you carry in your purse? Do you keep it light or have everything but the kitchen sink? And if you are like me and find yourself needing more and more, how do you cope with the weight of a heavy bag?
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