Why I Don’t Carry a Purse

Edit: See my 2017 capsule wardrobe and purse contents here!

Simplicity seems to be my default setting these days. Nowhere is it more apparent than my purse – well, lack thereof. I don’t carry a purse and haven’t for almost two years. Now that I think about it, I think downsizing my purse was the first step I took towards living a simpler life. I realized that I only needed to carry the essentials, which meant that my “just in case” mindset I used to justify the non-essentials had to go. And, it went very, very quickly!

These days I carry a small wallet that holds only what I need:

  • Driver’s license
  • A small amount of cash (We use the envelope system, so spending money is kept separately.)
  • Bank cards
  • Health insurance cards
  • Lip moisturizer
  • Eyeglass cleaning cloth

There you have it. A simple, to the point, and easy way to carry everyday essentials that I actually use. Bada boom.

Now, being a mom, I do keep a “just in case” kit that includes tissues, first-aid kit, and baby wipes, in my car or at work for those in case I need something. I also make sure that my husband’s car has the same kit, so we’re covered if we’re in his car. Also, I know that sometimes I’ll need to keep the kids busy, so in those instances, I usually make sure to bring a few things with us. Keeping ahead of the game allows me to stick with my small wallet full of essentials that I can actually see getting smaller. I’ll keep y’all posted. 😉

Could you downsize your purse? Have you? Think I’m crazy? Let me know what you think in the comments below!


6 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Carry a Purse”

  1. My mum never carried a purse, just a little pocket money and her drivers license in her front pocket. I find myself growing annoyed lately with my own excessively large purse. It is a hobo purse… mini suitcase even and I can never find anything in it.
    I might try this no purse thing on for size or maybe a much smaller one. 🙂 Thanks for the post!


    1. Amen, sista! There are not many of us, so we have to stick together! BTW… I just followed your blog simply based on the beginning of your tag line. You had me at “Retired at 32!” Looking forward to reading all about how you did that. 🙂


  2. I haven’t worn a purse in the years that I’ve been driving as my primary means of transportation. I have a small clutch that holds all the things you’ve mentioned and bigger items like the first aid kit are in the car. I do carry a larger book bag with change of clothes and wet wipes for my children but that usually stays in the car too. I retrieve it if I need it. Using public transportation, I did have a bag because I needed to carry my book, music and other things that I now generally store in the car.


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