I don’t mean the brand or the colour or the shape. I mean their inner essence, their contents, their organisation. What would your bag tell about your character, your inclinations your diligence, if it could speak?
Mine would surely tell you that I always strive to be tidy, organised and precise, at work, at home and on the go, I have to be if I want to survive to my busy lifestyle of working mum. But be careful: I wrote ‘’I strive to be” and not “ I succeed in being” tidy....
In fact, one way or the other it will reveal my secret: I always start incredibly well with wardrobes, desks, drawers, bookcases, cupboards and bags: all is in good order, everything makes sense and easy to find. But after a couple of days things disappear, vanish or get messy... So my bag would spill out the beans and criticise my lack of consistency and my messiness.
The fact is that I like to have bags matching my shoes or suitable for the colour of a certain coat, so I change them nearly every day. Which means I move every single item from one bag to the other. It should be a pretty straightforward process, but somehow things get constantly lost or misplaced: a book, a lipstick, a coin, a medicine, hand creams, pens. I tried to use bag organisers, the ones you move from one bag to the other with all in it, but somehow it did not work for me. Actually, now that I think of it….I lost the bag organiser too!!
The nice part is that, when I finally find (weeks or months afterwards) things that I had lost, it’s always a pleasant surprise, like a gift!
Today the inside of my bag looks like this :
- 2017 dairy: I always have a yearly diary with me, I like it ruled and essential, with a nice cover, that I stuff with bills and papers, where I write appointments and things to do and things to remember. But the funny thing is that I don’t look into it for reminders… I end up writing things on post-it that I stick inside my phone cover. I use the diary to look back at days and events, to try to remember and reconstruct things that happened already, rather than future events!
- Wallet: I carry it with me, but I hardly use it nowadays, because since the introduction of the Apple contactless payment system, I barely touch the purse. I have become that lazy! The downside is that I keep all my loyalty cards in there and I am missing out points! Silly lazy Daisy!
- Make up bag. It’s the heaviest item in the bag and there is a compendium of cosmetics that I might need throughout the day. I get maked up on the train while I am still asleep, so I need to double check what actually is on my face once I get in the office! Then I always retouch my makeup after the gym session at lunch time, so I could not possibly leave the pouch at home!
- Notebook: I always keep a nice notebook and a pencil in my bag, so I can write down ideas for my blog and for possible future enterprises, my head is always full of so many thoughts and ideas and fantasies. All this cannot be written in my diary: I want to keep imagination and practical facts separated!
- Portable umbrella: funnily enough there is always an umbrella in my bag during “dry” weeks, whereas I always forget it or leave it somewhere on rainy days….which means I keep buying emergency (flipping expensive) umbrellas and so the ridiculous circus of carrying or not carrying umbrellas with me goes on and on!
- A book is always in my bag, even if I am going to a meeting or to a party and I know I won't probably be able to read it. But what if I get stuck somewhere and I do have the time to go through a few pages!? Too much of a risk leaving it at home! Let's carry the book anyway, better having one than none!
- Perfume: I am a perfume addict. I could go out without shoes and walk barefoot, but it’d be unthinkable for me to leave home without my perfume! When it happens, it’s a little tragedy and I have to stop in some shops at the station to repair the damage. So I try to carry a bottle (or 2) with me, especially because I like to ‘’top it up’’ during the day.
- Keys: I keep all of them together, house keys and car keys, otherwise I might forget one set. My method is fool-proof, when it works! But it is foolish when I forget the whole bunch and I find myself locked out of the car and locked out of the house.
- Train season ticket: this is the most expensive item I own, it’s worth 4,200£ and South West Trains are very strict in case of loss or misplacement of the annual card. The first thing they think when someone loses it an asks for a replacement is ‘’fraud” and customers only have the chance to replace it once! I keep it as safe as I can and I am always incredibly careful with it!
- Randomly: a hairband or hair clip; a pair of (clean!!) knickers that I use for the gym; uncapped eye-pencil that escaped from the makeup bag and has stained all the inside lining of the bag; a lego figurine or a little toy, sign that my kids always ask me to carry their little things and then forget about them!, unpaired earring, old and hardened candies, another sign of my kids' interference.