Question: How do you know your bag is too heavy? Answer: When you toss it into the passenger seat of your car, the sensor tells it to put its seatbelt on.
My BAG was so heavy that my car thought it was a person!
When I was in high school, I hated carrying a purse. So how did I go from hating purses to willingly carrying one that could be used to train weightlifters?
Simple: I became a “what if” person.
What if I lose my lip gloss? What if I don’t have a mint? What if I can’t find a hair tie? THE WORLD WILL END! Well, all of us “what if” people think so, right? If we don’t have easy access to everything we need right now, we’re screwed.
I became a “what if” person when I was living in New York City. Like most people who live there, I didn’t have a car, so I had to make sure I had everything I needed for the day resting on my shoulder. Here’s a (shameful) example of what I used to carry around all day.
A magazine and a book? (In case you finish one on the train, you need a backup!) Shoes? (In case your feet get sore in your heels, you need backups!) Nine hair ties? Seven lip glosses? (Different shades for different days!) Two pairs of sunglasses? (Because you forgot you had a pair and grabbed another on your way out the door.) Gum, mints, and mini toothbrushes?
Admit it—even if you have a car and don’t need to carry everything on your shoulder all day, your purse has similar contents.
Now that it’s summer, we need to lighten up! We wear light-weight clothes. We eat lighter. We’ve lightened up our suitcases and crammed everything into a carry-on to avoid baggage fees. Why not lighten up your purse? Shake off that “what if” mentality, and give your shoulders a break! Here’s how I went from that burdensome bag of insanity to this:
Impressive, right? A bag half the size, and I can still carry all of my favorite necessities! Some of my favorites/tips: reusable nylon bag (for shopping!), witch hazel towelette and mini perfume (perfect for freshening up!), one lip gloss in a summery berry shade, one healthy snack, a tissue or two (instead of the whole pack), my favorite retro pillbox that my mom gave me (to hold an aspirin or two), and, okay…two hair ties (it is summer—and humidity is a killer!).
Now, I wanted to challenge myself. Could I get by with fitting everything I may need into my cute little Henri Bendel clutch?
Take a look!
Instead of a heavy compact, I use blotting papers—they are lightweight and do the trick! Instead of my heavy wallet, I use a small leather billfold I got at Bloomingdales that fits my license, credit card, and $20. Cuticle cream for your hands and to tame flyaway hairs. A few mints instead of the whole tin. You get the idea….
But—I have nothing to read! What if I drop my mints on the floor after eating pizza? What if I lose my hair tie and don’t have eight backups? Well…then I’ll be forced to sit and observe my surroundings. I’ll smell like pizza. And my hair will hang down my back. But the world won’t end. And I’ll be forced to carry that cute little clutch more often. (One of my favorite gifts ever from my last boss. Thanks, Jessie!)
I challenge you: How much can you lighten your load for summer…and maybe even forever?