November 17, 2010

How to Fatten Up Your Purse

I am one of those girls who carry around a small purse. Most often, it only holds a wallet and a phone; a pair of sunglasses and keys; plenty of trash, receipts and a bunch of change.

However, lately there has been considerably less change in my purse than I am accustomed to having; sometimes there isn‘t a trace of metal at all. Yep, this is a result of having teenage children in the home. I believe that in a teenager’s little world, they don’t consider robbing the kitchen pantry to feed all their friends or wiping out the existence of any metal objects in their mom’s purse a crime in any degree; their reasoning remains a mystery to me.

FYI, I am a rare breed of women. One who doesn’t enjoy the art of shopping in the least bit. This is why I have been carrying around the same small purse for a few years now, but the other day at Target I glimpsed over and caught sight of a medium size, tan purse that was on clearance for ten bucks. So I decided to snatch it up.

When I filled my purse with all my main necessities, it looked really empty; like a shell with no insides to it. This got me thinking about some additional items that I could gather to fatten up my purse a little.

So the end result is this list of necessary items that every woman should be carrying.

  • First the “of course” items - phone, wallet, keys, and sunglasses
  • Small cloth bag for items
  • Band aids
  • Small container of antibiotics
  • Nail clippers and filer
  • Safety pins
  • Hair tie
  • Brush
  • A little make-up
  • A small writing tablet - because I am a big time note taker and my five year old, Sam loves to draw
  • All my favorite “Pilot G-2 pens in bold point” that the kids keep snatching up.
  • Water bottle
  • A piece of fruit or other healthy snack
  • Suckers - to shut up my five year old quickly
  • Pill container for Advil, Tylenol and Tums
  • Mini toothbrush
  • Pack of gum
  •  Toothpick or some dental floss
  • Camera
  • Hygiene wipes
  • Panty liners, a tampon and a maxi pad
  • Small pocket calendar
  • Extra key to my van
  • All of my important phone numbers written down in my little calendar
  • A calling card (Just in case)
  • A book for all those times I have to wait

So what am I missing? What ideas do you have that I didn’t list? Are there any items you would have left out


Debbie said...

I am a confirmed small purse woman! I tried a medium sized one a year or so ago and it was so empty, I could hear my echo when I opened it!

Adriana Iris said...

i've been known to carry everything including butter packets... LOL

Anonymous said...

Saying hi from SITS! Ask you family members what else they might need since, after all, in my house that is really what my purse is for: what everyone else needs to take.

My advice - stick with the small purse - this is a very slippery slope :-)

The Mom O Blogger said...

Really! My back is hurting already.

Unknown said...

I think you have it covered. What a list!

Sandra said...

No, I think you got it all covered! ahaha! you have sore muscles at the end of the day?

Amy said...

My problem is..I need a purse. Ever since my son was born I carry everything in my diaper bag! I am always losing things!!!!