People who know me know that I love handbags – large ones. There’s a good reason I prefer big bags: I haul around lots of “stuff.” Friends often ask me if they can “lift” it, just so they can kid me about how heavy it is.
I’m warned by some that I’ll damage my shoulder or back by hoisting such a heavy weight on my shoulder. I know this is true and realize it could cause a problem, so I reassess, rearrange and downsize the contents….for a while… but before I know it it’s back to its normal weight.
I just tell them that I'm prepared to live a week out of my bag. Not completely true, but close.
Out of curiosity, I removed the contents and weighed them on my kitchen scales: 4 pounds. The handbag itself weighs 2.5 lbs, for a total of 6.5 lbs. That’s heavy!
But where do I begin to lighten the load? It seems I NEED, or will potentially need, everything I take around with me. For instance:
|The cosmetic case: Compact, nail file, hand cream, eye drops, lip pencil, lipstick(s),lip gloss, comb and hair pick. I need all of this!|
|Into another little bag I have hand sanitizer mouthwash, pain reliever, tissues and purse size spray scent. I never know when I'll need one of these!|
|A Swiss Army knife and flashlight are invaluable additions to my handbag. The knife has a scissors handy for so many things; the flashlight lights darkened keyholes and crevices in the car my "stuff" may have fallen into!|
|Here's an example of things I write in my little book.|
So where do I begin to lighten the weight? I need all of the above items.
When I was still traveling to work each day, there was yet another bag within my bag that I have now removed. It contained over-the-counter meds that might be need during my absence from home; a mini-sewing kit; band aids, cough drops, sun block. So I'm rather proud of myself that I have removed this weight from my handbag!
What about you? What's in your handbag? Am I just extreme in my wanting to have everything with me? Or are you like me and want to be prepared for any contingency.