You know that girl that you see struggling walking into work/school/wherever with a huge bag of stuff? “Wow, she looks really prepared and on top of things!” said no one ever.
My mom (bless her heart) is the most comical example of this. She always has 2 large bags full of things that come with her wherever she goes, and that doesn’t include her purse. Once I was wrapping a gift in the car (there’s obviously work to do on my end) and I said “Do you have scissors?” “Yeah!” my mom responded. Then I asked “Do you have tape?” to which my mom delightfully said “Yep! Got that too!”
Even if you feel less prepared, having less stuff with you will make you look more prepared. I have never been in a meeting with a manager, director, or above that walked in with a heavy bag, struggling to find a pen or something to write on. These people take the time to plan and have only what they need – nothing more, nothing less.
Carrying less is a constant state of accountability and reevaluation. I have to be mindful of everything I carry with me because it does influence my attitude and behaviors, even if marginally at times.
Not to mention the physical stress of carrying too much stuff puts on my body, but the mental frustration of looking for something like keys or a pen is absolutely unnecessary. You don’t need that in your life.
What’s in my bag:
- Teletie Hair Tie
- Pain Medicine Travel Size
- Mints or Gum
- Compact Mirror (I just don’t feel like I can always trust my front cam on my phone)
- Moleskine Notebook for Meetings
- Cardholder Wallet
- Car key
- Lip Balm (This is great for dry lips!)
- Emergency Tampon
- Apartment Keys (on the handy purse tether)
- Work Badge
These items are pretty constant in my bag. I try to take a minute before I leave the apartment for the day and before I come home to think about what I will need to take with me and if there is anything I can do without.
This type of change may seem small, but if you’re trying to learn how to live with less and can’t quite part with having a lot of things with you at once, this could be a good place to start. The feeling of less is contagious – and you might just feel the need to spread it to other areas of your life!
Here are some tips to keep your closest companion clutter-free day-to-day:
- Don’t hoard receipts. Unless you need them for taxes or an alibi (I don’t know your life).
- Carry a smaller bag. Pretty self-explanatory right? Smaller bag, less stuff. Make this a temporary challenge if you’re nervous about it.
- Write out or keep track of the things you use on the daily. I’ll let you pick what your frequency threshold is, but if you’re a planner this will help you be organized and confident in the things you carry with you at any moment. Keeping track of the items you use and how often you use them will help you mentally panic less during those “what if” thoughts as you remove unnecessary items.
- Go Digital. Put things on your phone that you may need throughout the day or in the future. Putting appointments on your calendar with reminders will help you reduce the business card overflow in your bag. This also works great for the grocery list you will inevitably forget. If you don’t want to type the items out, you can always take pictures!
- Evaluate your “Just in Case” items. You may find that these items would fall into the category of scissors and tape for the purposes of wrapping a gift. Go through your bag and if the thought “just in case…” goes through your mind try to live without it for a couple of days. I know the emergency tampon is an actual example of this BUT 1) emergency tampon is tiny and 2) I don’t want to live with the risk of not having an emergency tampon. Choose what’s important to you.
At the end of the day, the things you carry with you do make an impact on your life. This may take a little work (or a lot, if you’re like my mom) but you can do it because I believe in you. There are a ton of things to stress about, and your purse should not be one of them.
Do you have any extra tips for carrying a lighter purse?
Thanks for stopping by!
Purse: Lo & Sons