Spring Cleaning Your Over-Stuffed Purse

Recently I was the subject of an intervention.  It’s true — I was out for drinks with my friend Brian and he said “we’re worried about you — you need help.”  Before you start to worry about me — he was talking about my purse! It’s overstuffed and weighing me down. haha!

OK– I will admit that I have an overstuffed bag. I like to be prepared for just about anything — but my poor shoulder is paying the price. So right there in the bar — Brian decided to dig through my bag and help me eliminate.  You’ll never believe what he found:


  • 8 bags of Green Tea
  • 2 bags of Peppermint Tea
  • 1 bag of Darjeeling Tea
  • Kindle
  • Wallet
  • Broken Sunglasses Case
  • 15 receipts
  • 2 Reporter’s Notebooks
  • 4 Pencils
  • Pocket-sized tissues (only one tissue left)
  • 1 bag of Ricola Lemon Mint Throat drops (only 4 drops left)
  • Various To-do Lists
  • 7 Lip Glosses
  • Mini Hairbrush
  • Business Card Holder (with a mirror)
  • 2 Cell Phones
  • Whole Living Magazine
  • Umbrella
  • 5 band-aids
  • ID for Work
  • Earphones
  • Eye drops
  • 1 bag of Almonds

OK, OK..so maybe there are some things I can leave out to lighten the load. I’m going to do my best to make sure I don’t over stuff this bag again.  From now on I’m only going to keep necessary items in tow — and yes, 7 lip glosses are necessary.  haha — this may be harder than I thought. But once I figure out what I really need I will be more productive because I won’t waste so much time digging around for what I need.

Spring is in the air and it’s the perfect time to go through your purse and eliminate! Be practical about it — have you used that item in the last month? If not — it’s probably safe to ditch it and save your shoulder.  So, what’s in your purse?

9 replies
  1. linda zanoni
    linda zanoni says:

    This made me roll with laughter – I moved to a smaller purse and even smaller purse inside – so today there is a small purse with mirror for lip balms (at least three fit in but that’s all) a coin purse, a “wristlet” for id and credit cards, something for business cards – which could really take the place of the wristlet if I tried, a calendar with extra pages for notes – stamps and some coupons for stores that i might get to, a starlight mint, two writing tools. all the other stuff got relegated to a brief case

  2. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    Being prepared is great. The stress that a purse or bag puts on your shoulder, neck and back that is to heavy can cause problems down the road.
    So I agree with you clean out those purses and get t streamlined.
    I love green tea too.

    • List Producer
      List Producer says:

      Glad you are a green tea lover! Thanks for your comment. Isn’t it amazing the amount of unneeded stress we put on our bodies! Clean out that bag! Appreciate you reading the blog!

  3. Krista
    Krista says:

    Holy smokes – you certainly are one prepared lady. I was sure that I was the only one who kept green tea in my handbag. I’m thrilled to learn that I’m in such great company!

  4. SarahButtonedUp
    SarahButtonedUp says:

    ROTFL. Hilarious what accumulates in a purse, isn’t it? My hubby had an intervention for me about a year ago. He offered to carry my purse for a moment and just about fell over. He ended up bringing it straight up to the scale when we got home. Guess how much it weighed: 33 pounds.

    Yes. The size of a large toddler. No wonder my back was all out of alignment.

    Books and a computer were at the root of my issue. I have since made the switch to a MUCH smaller bag that forces me to streamline. Sometimes a little constraint is a good thing.


    • List Producer
      List Producer says:

      Wow! 33 pounds! Amazing — I’m scared to think what mine weighed. I did better today — I pulled some things out but I’m still not as streamlined as I’d like to be. Maybe a smaller bag is the answer! Thanks for reading and for your comment Sarah!


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