There are two types of people in the world: people who think that, if they pondered the subject for a thousand years, they could not possibly come up with a more inane, boring topic for a blog post than a photo inventory of someone’s purse; and those who think it might be kind of interesting. I apologize to those in the former group. I was cleaning out my purse yesterday and got this idea in my head, and couldn’t stop myself.
This is my purse. Notice the straps that are long enough to go across your chest — I believe that that’s a must-have purse feature for moms of little ones. I also love the front compartment that keeps my wallet away from the rest of my junk for easy access. (You might be able to guess that the white couch in the background was a pre-kid purchase.)
Here’s what I keep in the front pocket. I use a man-style wallet to minimize clutter. Notice my dwindling monthly spending money cash inside. (My driver’s license photo is still from back when I dyed my hair blonde — I get some double-takes on that one.) And a few styles of lipstick are a must since I never leave the house without at least a little gloss.
I specifically bought a purse big enough to hold books; I cannot bear the thought of finding myself bookless when unexpected free time arises, so I always have books on hand. Pictured here is the lovely We and Our Children (sent to me by a generous reader!); a guide I use to walk through an examination of conscience when I go to Confession; Strunk and White’s famous Elements of Style; and a notepad to write down any musings that come to mind (which I also use it to take notes during meetings with my spiritual director).
My mom works for an eye care company, so I always have multiple pairs of sunglasses floating around in my purse. [The black ones were a casualty of this photo shoot, broken by my one-year-old while I was fiddling with the camera.]
I don’t carry a diaper bag; instead I just keep two diapers and a small thing of wipes in a ziplock bag in my purse, leaving the bulky diaper bag in the minivan for emergency access. Also pictured are various house keys, including a clicker from the downtown building we haven’t lived in since 2005 (I don’t update my keys much). I also have an emergency snack on-hand to keep sleepy kids from ruining their naps by dozing in the car.
[Not pictured are wads of gum wrappers, dried up wipes, loose change, and nasty crumbs.]
Now you know all about the contents of my purse as well as my purse organization philosophy! (Those of you who haven’t fallen off your chairs from acute boredom, anyway.)
Even if readers didn’t enjoy it, a certain little person just loved the idea of me taking everything out of my purse and scattering it on the couch:
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