My mother used to describe her purse as her survival kit and to be honest she had a lot of stuff in there. I don’t know if she was prepared for a zombie apocalypse but we stood a good chance, it must have weighed 20 lbs!
With the change of seasons on the horizon I decided that I should purge mine and maybe get back to the smaller one I had last fall/winter. Now I did take pictures but they were not clear enough so I will have to narrate instead. Still pretty humbling just the same.
The following items I deemed important enough to return to the new purse:
- Wallet( yes had to clean out old receipts)
- Checkbook(now I may not have to carry this always but it is a hard habit to break)
- Cosmetic bag(will have to purge this, don’t wear lipstick often enough to have that much)
- Writing bag( really a pencil case with A LOT of pens, have to purge also)
- Card bifold( this hold extra loyalty cards that I don’t use daily and business cards, not mine but everyone elses)
- Travel Kleenex
- Travel wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Hand cream
- Tin of Altoids
This is still too much stuff but I want to see just what I don’t use for a month before I relegate any item to a drawer in my office.
Okay, now for the embarrassing things I found:
- Expired coupons from this year and LAST.
- A box cutter from work( did not take this on a trip to California because I took a different purse)
- Used Kleenex(yuck)
- A parking stub from a Red Sox game in May
- Hand/toe warmers from same Red Sox game( I hope!)
- A coupon holder with no coupons because I don’t use them anymore
- A ton of old receipts for items that I have used or given as gifts so I am not going to return them
- A earring back that I thought I lost
- My camera, it is small.
- Another hand cream
So as you can see I still have purging to do, but I may have to do it in stages. Baby steps! I hate shopping for purses because I can never find one that suits me or is not too small or too big. I feel like Goldilocks! I am expected to also have my phone with me and cell phones are no longer small. That becomes an issue when it rings; as it is difficult to find because most purses have a dark interior. The phone’s screen lights up but if it is face down then it doesn’t make any difference. I don’t have an IPhone and people don’t make the bright fancy cases for a Samsung.
Now that my children have grown up I should be able to go to a small purse without too much trouble but I first must admit to myself that 11 lipsticks/lip balms are a few too many and that maybe 1 or two pens are enough rather than 9 and tear off a couple of checks and put them in my wallet for one of the few places where I still write a check. Purging your purse can be a very humbling experience and really the only way to do it is dump everything out onto the bed and dive in. I will have to make a return visit to the purse again, but it is like cleaning your closet if you haven’t worn it in a year then donate it. It is the “just in case” or I might need it” that get you into trouble in the first place and before you know it you can skip the upper body workout at the gym and just press your purse instead, the real Crossfit!
Being prepared for everything is impossible so purge away and live everyday and enjoy!