I used to carry these cute little purses before I had kids. Man – they were all sorts of patterns and shapes. They were just stinking cute!
Then, I had stinkin’ cuties…and something happened. With each child, my purse seemed to enlarge. How big can you go, baby!?
And then Eli came along (#3) and my purse was super big and heavy and I wondered if when we had #4 down the road, would I need to start toting around a small carry-on? A roller suitcase? A wagon? A VW van?
But with Eli, I also noticed something disturbing. My shoulder hurt. My purse had gotten so large and heavy, I didn’t even like to carry it. And I know studies have shown that large purses aren’t good for us to be toting around – especially when we are also carrying children, groceries, and stray animals.
I decided I was done with big purses. I was jealous of those kid-free ladies carrying those cute little messenger bags with two things inside. Why can’t I do that?! Why do I have to carry around the kitchen sink? Band-aids? Toys? Books? Water bottles? Chestnuts (yes, chestnuts)?
I have a friend who just makes her diaper bag her purse. But I didn’t want to do that…because sometimes I want to go out without the diaper bag – like to a hair cut, doctor appointment, or to the mailbox in my pjs.
So, I downsized. And I could NOT be happier about it. My purse is small and easy to carry – and even my children can now carry it without getting a hernia.
How to downsize your mommy purse
Put diaper bag items in the DIAPER BAG.
Well, duh – you might be thinking. But maybe you don’t realize how much that’s in your purse that can really go in the diaper bag. A couple toys? The epi-pen? Wipes? Band-aids? Empty out your purse and put what belongs in the diaper bag in its rightful spot.
Throw out all the trash – and don’t let it back in.
Somehow my purse becomes the trash bin. Really? Do I look like a Hefty bag? Don’t answer that. Teach
my kids your kids to put trash in the trash.
Go to ONE wallet instead of TWO.
Maybe no one else is having this problem. But I had two wallets. One that was just mine and one that was our budget envelopes. I decided to downsize to ONE wallet and create a lot of space in my purse. I went with the Savvy Cents budget wallet and could NOT be happier.
If you don’t need it – put it in the car/van.
I had a lot of things that didn’t necessarily need to be in my purse. They could have just as easily been stored in my van – because if I’m out of the house, I’m with my van. And it is almost always readily accessible. Extra pads (yes, I said it), scissors (yes), First Aid items, extra tissues and lip balm, extra keys, chestnuts. So, I went with two smaller zip bags and put items in my van in the glove box and it’s working great!
So what’s in my purse now?
A budget wallet. Tissues. Chapstick. Gum. Pen. Mints. Knife. That’s all. And it smells like
teen spirit freedom.
Where did you find the purse?
Now I’m down to a small, lightweight purse and I LOVE IT! I was able to find a Nine West cross-body bag from Thred Up. I won’t lie – some of their bags are HOLY MOLY expensive…but if you like expensive purses, you might want to check it out. However, a $20 bag that I can use for every season is good enough for me. I was tickled I was able to find exactly what I was looking for at Thred Up…as usual (as a side note, if you use my affiliate link right now, you can get $20 for signing up instead of their normal $10!!!).
Won’t you join me in the Mommy Purse Freedom Revolution?! Stop killing your back and start killing stink bugs.