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I’m carrying a bag of negativity. Are you?

There were times when I didn’t even own a handbag.

I was a stuff-it-in-any-available-pocket kind of girl and it worked okay for me.  Well, until I became a mum and realised that you needed to carry more things around when you have little ones than you have pocket space.

Out of necessity I became the owner of a handbag.

My handbag

This portable storage device can hold an insane amount of ‘stuff’ and if you’re not careful, you’ll be carrying around a bag full of negativity.

My bag, and I’m sure I’m not alone here, ends up becoming a magnet for clutter.

Clutter in my handbag

As you can see, this collection of handbag-clutter was accumulated in about a week.

When it’s de-clutter day, my husband refers to it as ‘dunging out the barn’.  You can see why.

I’m naming and shaming myself here because I know clutter keeps positive energy and positive thoughts at bay.

Over a short time, I’d collected numerous shopping receipts, my daughter’s hair band, three almost finished packets of sweets, empty wrappers (if there’s no bin then my handbag will do), part of packaging from a light bulb box, and an empty ibuprofen packet.

My very slight saving grace is that I always keep a small sachet of salt in my handbag to help stop negative energy from living in my bag permanently.

My bag is ready for another week.  It’s only got my essentials and the rubbish has gone.

How much clutter do you carry around with you in your bag?


  1. Linda Ursin

    29th October 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I own a small handbag, but only because I had my left arm in a sling for three weeks. I rarely use is (only when wearing a skirt, and then only if I don’t want to use my belt pouch), so it gets emptied between uses. My house is a totally different story.

  2. Mel

    29th October 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I never had a hand bag until I had kids, and always used my coat or jeans pocket. I now have a large burnt orange indian/hippy style sac that I love.
    I thought I would have a look in my bag to see what I have in there, here goes:
    An empty Twix wrapper, shopping receipts, diary, purse, wetwipes, a flyer for a Medieval event that was in September, shopping list, name card and A4 pad for a French class and two pens, a small bag of essentials such as plasters, tape measure, baby spoon, scissors, Bach flower remedy, tic removers, and my passport as we have to have ID on us at all times. I was quite surprised that there wasn’t too much rubbish. All tidy and ready for the week.

  3. Bernard Charles

    29th October 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Gosh! I think everyone goes through this! I know my mom does, and I have a bag now for books and notebooks, but I must say it has receipts and wrappers too! I even have juice bottles in it. :/ Not healthy at all. It also has a hole in it now so I need to find a new one or use a backpack.

  4. Amanda Jillian

    30th October 2012 at 2:08 am

    You just reminded me that I have to clean mine out too.

  5. Mars

    30th October 2012 at 10:23 am

    I keep my desk tidy. This works for me keeping out the mess in my brain and life..

    Plus I don’t have a hand bag. Not the type *-)


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