Have you always wondered what other people keep in their purse? I have. For years, I refused to carry a big purse. My reasoning was that men didn't carry a purse and still did fine, so why should I?
I never claimed to be a genius. Of course, that meant keeping brushes and makeup in my desk and car. Do you have any idea how many times I looked in the mirror on a rainy or windy day and screamed? So about five years ago, I gave up and purchased my first big purse since I was a hippy teenager. (And I’m not talking about how wide my hips were . . . quit laughing.)
Anyway, here’s what I keep in my purse since I've become published.
First, the normal stuff, a red billfold that looks like a miniature purse. It comes in handy at conventions and conferences. I can place it on my wrist and not drag the two-ton back-breaker with me. My car key stays in my billfold/tiny purse along with the house key on a separate ring with those strange little cards used at the grocery store for discounts.
|Extra stuff taken out|
Then being an organizational freak that I am, I have my checkbook, payment book, business cards, mirror, pen and old fashioned pictures in the black with white polka dots case. In the side pocket, I keep lipstick, lip balm, and a tube of touch-up makeup.
|Postcard with blurb on back|
There’s also my bag filled with an iPod and accessories . . . love it! And the plastic bag is my lunch.
|No - not this many in my purse|
Then I usually carry a book or e-reader, but the newest addition is swag. I have pens, car cup-holder coasters, bookmarks, and postcards to hand out. And yes, I give them to cashiers, waiters/waitresses, people who stand in line with me, etc. In other words, if you’re nice and talk to me, you get something to take home (or throw in the trash). On some days, I'll even have a book or two of mine.
Okay. Did you notice anything? Yes. My swag is not contained. I’m on the lookout for a small bag or case to put them in. I can’t stand looking in my purse and seeing loose items (with the exception of my small hairbrush) or having to search around for something.
Are you an organizational freak like me? Or are you a free bird and throw it in to land where it may? And for those published, do you keep swag with you at all times and hand them out?