I must confess that I've wasted many a Saturday afternoon overdosing on "What's in My Bag" images. I just adore seeing what other women carry out of the house with them.
But, over and over again, I wonder how people find anything with all that stuff in their bags. It also boggles my mind to contemplate how these people, who surely have more than one handbag to choose from, move all the insides from one bag to another.
I finally had to make a rule for myself regarding handbags: the rule of five.
The Rule of Five:
Have no more than five things in a bag and no more than five bags in the rotation at a time.
Of course, I need to carry more than five things. But after testing many different rules, five seems to be the magic number that allows me to carry all that I need, yet quickly move from bag to bag depending on my schedule.
Each individual should determine her own five things. This list can vary a ton from person-to-person. I am including my list just as an example.
My Five Things
1. Cell phone (not pictured)
I have a small wallet containing my credit card, cash, driver's license, and my health card. It is very thin and light, and I can shove it in my pocket and leave my bag in the car.
4. Coupon/Receipt Wallet
I have a bigger wallet for coupons, receipts, gift cards, and any other paper/cards that I need to carry around.
5. Medium Sized Mesh bag
NOTE: The mess bag is the key to making the system work. It sets a limit on the amount of random stuff that I carry.
Inside of the mess bag, I keep:
-powder compact with mirror
-plug for cell charger
-4 smaller bags, containing: meds/floss, makeup/hair accessories, mints/gum, and YMCA tag/earbuds/locker lock.
TIP: Never buy a purse that won't fit your five things!
Notice that I also limit myself to five purses in the rotation.
Right now, I have four purses that I use regularly: everyday black denim with a crossbody strap, light blue for work/meetings, dark blue for girl's nights/lunches/casual gatherings, and my tote bag for days when I substitute teach. Those bags seem to cover all of my needs.
I like blue. You might have noticed.
A special thank you to my friend Misty for the beautiful light blue bag. You can find Misty blogging about her gorgeous quilts at Daily Design Wall.