What’s in your bag?

by Tammy Strobel on September 3, 2012

On Thursday night we had a tiny house happy hour with our neighbors. It was the perfect evening to eat good food and admire the blue moon too. I have to admit, I’m sad that we won’t be hosting happy hours with our neighbors anymore. It’s still hard to believe that we’ll be towing the tiny house down the road tomorrow!

During our little happy hour, we talked about the tiny house, how much we’ll miss each other, and our weekend plans. As we were talking, our neighbor kept eyeing Logan’s man bag and she asked, “What’s in your bag?”

Before I go any further, let me give you a little background on Logan’s bags. Last year, Logan consistently misplaced the things he carried with him to work everyday. He was always looking for his wallet, phone, notebook, and other odds and ends. So I suggested that he buy a “man bag” to carry around his stuff. Now Logan has two small bags — that look like hip-pouches — that he attaches to his belt everyday. It’s been a great way for him to stay organized.

Since our neighbors were so curious about the stuff in Logan’s bags, he gave us a little “tour.” He pulled out all kinds of belongings, like his work badge, floss, a wallet, a small journal, keys, and more. As Logan pulled the stuff out of his bags, I started thinking about all the things I carry with me everyday. I also remembered a fun flickr group called “What’s in your bag?” It’s a group of folks who take pictures of the stuff in their everyday bag and share it online. So I decided to go through my everyday bag to make sure I wasn’t carrying around extra clutter. I also took a picture to share with you too!

Below is a list of the stuff I carry with me everyday. It all fits nicely in my boss lady bag, with the exception of my Nikon camera.

  • Pens
  • Keys
  • Cash
  • 3×5 cards and a yellow notebook.
  • iPhone, headphones, a charger, and Olloclip.
  • A small silver wallet that contains my debt card, coffee card, and small angel. The angel is a little bigger than a nickel.
  • A zoom care prescription and a reminder card to take the cats in for their annual exam.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Nikon D5000.

Parting words . . .

In a recent guest post, I talked about a “home” that I assign to all of my belongings to. For instance, it’s important that all of the stuff, listed above, ends up in my boss lady bag. If it doesn’t, I end up with a big clutter pile on the kitchen counter. Plus, I avoid a lot of frustration and time because I don’t spend fifteen minutes searching for my keys every morning. I know they are in my boss lady bag.

What’s in your bag?

1 Sandra @ Living Lagom September 3, 2012

I actually own the boss lady bag in the coin purse size. Makes me feel tough :) My bag contains:

- Klean Kanteen water bottle
- Enviro bag
- Matt & Nat wristlet with cards, coin purse, lip balm, keys, kleenex
- iPhone
- Sunglasses
- Umbrella (if it’s going to rain)
- Tumbler (if I’m going to get an iced coffee while I’m out)

I either put all of the above into my Longchamp tote bag or put it into the enviro bag.  

And that’s what’s in my bag. 

2 Jenn September 3, 2012

I think its adorable you have Gelly Roll pens in your bag. I don’t think that I’ve used one since middle school. :)

3 Nell September 3, 2012

I’ve never commented before but you got me with the man bag contents! I’m a dentist so I love it that Logan carries floss in his man bag!! I’d be embarresed to say whats in my bag, seems like its mostly trash when I clean it out…receipts, kleenex, etc….anyway, I love your blog, read it for years. Your book is coming in the mail anyday now….. And of course, good luck with your move. I can’t wait to see what you post about city living vs country living. I am so torn between the two.

4 Diane September 3, 2012

Wallet
Sunglasses
iPod
Nook
Cell phone
Eye drops
Lip balm
Keys

5 Shadlyn Wolfe September 3, 2012

I don’t carry a bag very often anymore – most of the time my “business card holder” is enough, with credit card, debit card, driver’s license, and medical insurance. My keys are on a little carabiner clip that I attach to my belt loops when I’m out and about.

When I do pack my “proper” purse, it’s based on the occasion. I.E. – an interview or business meeting means a notebook and pen. A long wait (like for a medical appointment) means an iPod, headphones, and a Nintendo DS.

The “static” items in my bag – the ones that are always there if I’m taking a bag at all – are chapstick, a couple of emergency feminine products in case I’m caught away from home, nail clippers, and a pen.

6 Aime September 3, 2012

During weekends I use small bags, but During the work week I use big bags, but this weekend I bought a small bag like this one(not at that price!!, I got it half price:) ) http://www.baggallini.com/the-collections/classic/colorblock-everyday/ (by the way, I like their motto: “Order is beautiful”) and tomorrow I’ll start using it :). So my list is:

Keys
Pen
Moleskine notebook
Small Wallet
Usb
Little Chinese coin bag
Anti-bacterial hand gel
Eye drops
Small Leatherman pat pend
Little splenda box with splenda bags for coffee any time!!
Winchester knife (can’t live without it!!!)
Headphones
BlackBerry curve phone
And Yeap! Everything fits well in this small bag! ;)
I’m learning a lot from you since a year!!!! Thanks for this post!!! :)

7 Mopsa @ Inspira fundo September 4, 2012

Wallet (with documents and money)
HTC Wildfire S
Kindle keyboard (sometimes)
Lip balm
Small bottle of water
Eye concealer
Paper tissues
Tiny mirror
Keys

And I think that’s all ;)

8 Peter Bryenton September 4, 2012

A home for everything. There are two kinds of people: putters and leavers. I prefer to put my car keys in the place where they always live, rather than waste time asking myself “Now, where did I leave those keys?”.

9 Rose Byrd September 4, 2012

Tammy, every time I get my totebag this neat, I leave at home at least two things I need that very day! Sigh!

10 Sara September 5, 2012

I mostly carry a small crossbody bag I ordered from Etsy. In it I have:

- small wallet with coffee card, two debit cards, library card, some cash and a tiny coin bag
- Samsung Galaxy Mini II
- key ring with 2 keys (home and bicycle)
- Palphot notebook and pen
- lip balm (Crazy Rumors vegan)
- small toiletry bag with a comb, eyeliner and such
- some kleenex
- a Ticket To The Moon shopping bag (absolutely fabulous)

(I use a backpack for work stuff or alternately a more roomy crossbody bag, but the small one is most often with me.)

11 Miranda September 6, 2012

I’ve advanced to only carrying my work pc backpack 24-7, no bag.
I can be away for as much as 20 hours at a stretch with heavy commuting and quite a bit of walking as well, so I carry:
* Four pens (and yes, one of them is a japanese erasable gelly roll pen in pink)
* 2 small moleskins, one for work and one for me
* usb
* 2 mobile phones: work and private
* toiletries:
basic makeup
painkillers, bandaids etc
nailfile
hairbands
* Fisherman’s friend and chewing gum
* tissues
* vegan bar – 240 kcal
* 3 contact lenses
* glasses for work
* keys, all my id cards, creditcards (around here a lot of people do not carry money any more)
* a printed copy of a report I’m currently occupied with
Optional:
another warm jacket, headlight, extra socks, ebook reader, pc, water bottle, thermo jug, knitting, extra shoes, lunch, mosquito repellent, sunscreen

For travelling for up to 4 days I will only add meds, hair balm, one top, a scarf and one piece of underwear, and do the laundry in the morning. I might add spectacular earrings.

Good luck on your move! We’re behind you all the way :)

12 Louise September 6, 2012

Wow! Just found your blog – very timely as I start the process of changing how I live, downsizing and moving states! I’m also really glad to know that someone else in the world uses the term “lady bag”!!!!! :-). I’ll be back to read your journey and pick up some tips. It’s a complete change of life for me but exciting and daunting at the same time.

13 sam September 9, 2012

I used to have two bags, one that could contain my camera and a smaller one; Since I tend to carry my camera most of the time, I donated the small bag and now only use the big one or all occasion.
One bag only is more minimalist :)

14 Rebecca September 10, 2012

I don’t clean out my bags nearly often enough. I also like to have “prepacked” bags for different parts of my life, i.e., work, everyday purse, church choir, and church committees. However, I find that carrying a larger bag is really problematic for me, because I just haul things around that I don’t need. It’s bad for someone prone to letting clutter accumulate and terrible for my back! I am constantly striving to find the right balance for my life. Today I have two bags with me (which illustrate what is working and what isn’t working today).

1) Cross-body Nylon Purse (this is working): my wallet (contains cards, cash, coins, personal checkbook*, stamps (I clean it out weekly); Kindle; iPhone; tiny umbrella; joint checkbook (I don’t always carry, but am paying some marital bills* last and this week while at work); Redbox DVDs (to return today); joint bills (to file when I get home); Avett Bros concert tickets for later this month (I’ll take this purse and can’t forget them this way); baby shower invite (reminder to purchase gift today); 3 small tinted lipsticks and cake foundation (could likely pare down to 2 lipsticks, as I like to have one blue-based and one orange-based); hair barrette and small claw; 2 pens; a couple of ibuprofen and Tums; keys.

2) Shoulder Nylon Choir bag (not working because I only need about 4 pieces of paper in the bag while at work today, and those papers should technically be in my committee bag, not my choir bag): Choir folder and sheet music, hymnal, notes with calendar dates for both meetings (I was having trouble setting up recurring meetings on my iPhone this weekend so brought the minutes to add by computer to my calendar). It’s unnecessary weight. Had I brought the meeting bag, it would have been a lot of extra weight. My bag is breaking and is overstuffed. Perhaps a project for later tonight!

The purse works the same way your bag does, Tammy — I really benefit from not wondering where my essentials are. I seldom carry other bags because I really love the cross body style, and it’s large enough to hold my DSLR camera + extra lens (without my wallet) or DSLR + wallet for day trips, but not particularly large (it’s about 7″x3″x10″ (LWH) with a central compartment, a front pocket with 4 interior pockets and two pen slots, and two mesh drink pouches on the side (I keep keys, lens caps, iphone in those, for easy access). When I am at home, the keys live in a bowl by the front door, but otherwise they are in the purse. I have lost countless hours searching for lost keys in my life. PE/EP (place for everything/everything in its place) is the only solution for my keys!

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