What’s in My Purse?

The Wednesday Writers are back! We took July off because so many of us were going to the RWA National Conference in San Diego. Oddly enough, there’s actually a connection between that event and the contents of my purse.

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I have for years carried way too much junk around in one oversized purse after another. Way back in high school (in a previous century), I had a shelf full of purses and changed them frequently to match my outfits. I guess that seemed important back then, and I probably had less to carry around. Definitely no phone or camera, probably a wallet, a hair brush, school supplies, and a paperback novel.

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Now I buy a purse and use it for months, until something breaks or I get bored and crave a new one. And for years I’ve been very particular about purses: must have three sections, with a zipper on the middle one, so many pockets, some place to clip my keys on, and so forth. All very well, and all rather large. I bought a new one earlier this summer, and realized it was closer to a tote bag than a hand bag.

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Heading for San Diego in July, I decided I needed a small purse, something easy to carry, that would hold my large wallet, my new smartphone (also rather large), my Kindle, and a few other odds and ends. And I discovered I really liked it, but when I got home it was just a bit too small for everyday use.

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So I went out and bought a slightly larger purse in the same style: one section, a couple of outside pockets, a couple of inside pockets, and someplace to hang my keys. And I set out to declutter my purse.

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No need for that big notebook, not every day anyway. Cut the fourteen pens down to five. Ditch the address book—I’ve put all that information in my phone. Ditto the shopping list. And the calendar. (Heck, that’s why I spent all that money on the phone, isn’t it? I don’t make many calls, but I sure like having a little computer in my purse!)

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PurseNow I’m down to wallet, phone, checkbook (I could probably leave that at home), keys, extra sunglasses (clip ons, I keep my regular pair in the car), aspirin, bandana (for cleaning my glasses), tissues (smallest possible package, highest cost per tissue), five pens and two styluses (styli?), lipstick (the extent of my make up needs), chapstick, hand cream, nail file and clipper, magnifying glass and measuring tape (don’t take up much room), extra car and house keys, clip on watch (I don’t wear one, and with the new phone I probably don’t need the purse watch), and a hair brush. If I need something to read, my Kindle fits in there, too.

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With a little effort (or a smaller wallet) I could probably downsize even further. Maybe back down to the purse I bought for the conference. Maybe I could even pick up a couple of other colors and change them now and then. Maybe . . .

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Stop by and see what Tammy Baumann, Wendy LaCapra, Priscilla Oliveras, Carol Post, and Tosha Sumner have been carrying around in their purses.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol J. Post
    Aug 10, 2016 @ 09:03:14

    Great post, Kay! Downsizing is a great idea. I always end up accumulating too much stuff in my purse. I weeded everything out before conference, so it’s not so bad right now, but I know when carrying my purse makes my neck and shoulder hurt, it’s time to empty it out!

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  2. tamrabaumann
    Aug 10, 2016 @ 10:44:44

    Way to declutter, Kay! And yay for your phone saving your shoulder…. :0)

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    • Kay Hudson
      Aug 10, 2016 @ 10:48:46

      Yeah, it’s a big phone, but it sure combines a lot of things. I had to pull my old camera out to take a picture with the phone in it. The phone in the camera is both better quality and easier to use.

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  3. Wendy LaCapra (@wendylacapra)
    Aug 10, 2016 @ 15:04:32

    Wow, you fit a lot in there! Funny comment about the cost per tissue–I agree, it seems so wasteful, but if you try and roll up a few, the inside of your purse ends up looking like it snowed soap-opera style in there. Congrats on the declutter, too.

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    • Kay Hudson
      Aug 10, 2016 @ 15:45:23

      I’m still looking for things I can leave out. Checkbook, maybe, since I only write checks to mail–I’m a debit card person. The watch. Maybe replace the bandana with a small lens cloth. I’ll get there eventually.

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  4. T. L. Sumner
    Aug 10, 2016 @ 20:21:08

    I love how you were able to downsize the contents of your bag! Technology is very helpful like that. And I LOVE your phone case!! 🙂

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  5. prisoliveras
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 10:39:11

    What would we do without our phones, right? Mine has my calendar, address book, email, notes (grocery list, anyone?), pictures, social media… It’s why I try not to go anywhere without it. 🙂

    Kudos on the downsizing, Kay! Sounds like a successful endeavor!

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