Every now and then, my friends will carry my handbag to pass it to me and the most common comment I hear is “What do you carry in there?!? Rocks??”

I gave up on the concept of carrying a small bag ages ago. For daily use, it can only be a tote or satchel. Baguettes and purses are lost on me.

My biggest problem is no matter what I do, I can’t seem to figure out a way to lighten the load.

So what do I carry?

I would like to think it’s only the most basic things.

  1. wallet
  2. keys
  3. make-up pouch
  4. Compact
  5. 2 cellphones
  6. Cellphone chargers (this has now become more necessary that the cellphone itself)
  7. Headphones
  8. Pens
  9. Wet tissue
  10. Filofax
  11. Card Holder
  12. Sunglasses
  13. Hair ties
  14. Car keys
  15. Papers (i always seems to have some)
  16. Passport (sometimes)
  17. Reading glasses (hardly use them, although I am supposed to)
  18. Book (sometimes, when I know I might be on the metro)
  19. French phrase book (i don’t know why)
  20. iPad (very very occasionally, it’s simply too heavy)

ok… so looking at the list, I realise that I actually carry to many things. Do I need all of these? Well, the answer is “yes”. I mostly always, have my car with me so why I can’t I just keep some of this stuff in the car? I don’t know. But the mission now, is to try and declutter. I’m getting more and more frustrated with all the stuff swimming around in my bag and just how heavy it makes it.

As a first step, I’m getting pouches. I’m going to put all my stuff in separate pouches. That way, I can change up bags quickly and easily. Many people like using a bag organiser, like the one below. That hasn’t worked too well for me since most of my bags are of various sizes.

Bag Organiser
Bag Organiser

I’m sure these work well for many people, they just don’t seem to do it for me.

So now, this is what I decided to get….. several pouches for everything. I plan to use one as a mini bag – to hold essentials like keys, card holder, passport. So I can just pick this up on the go when I quickly have to pop into a store. The rest two will hold all the other stuff I carry in my bag. I had actually bought a 3rd one as well, but my daughter decided that it was more suited for her. 🙂

Pouches.. pouches.. pouches...
Pouches.. pouches.. pouches…

This way I can leave out a couple of the non-essential pouches in my car when I decide to go shopping or doing a lot of walking around.

I am still open to suggestion on organising my bag… any thoughts?