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Downsizing Bags

16 April 2015

As someone who over-packs on an everyday basis, I've been challenging myself to downsize to something smaller and more manageable.

It was surprisingly hard at first. I didn't want to give up the little bits and bobs I usually carry around with me. "What if I need my diary? Or worse, my measuring tape. How will I live without measuring tape!?" After some time, however, you of course begin to adapt. You realise that for the few hours you'll be out, you won't have time to diary plan. It's also unlikely you'll be making a trip to IKEA on the way home, even though you've totally memorised the right dimensions for a new shelf and you swear you can hear their deliciously cheap cinnamon scrolls calling your name. But soon enough, the unthinkable happens: you almost... you almost begin to prefer the smaller bag?(????)

I'm still slightly in denial, but I do admit that it's a lot nicer than having to lug around the posture-destroying ways of a handbag (as if my grandmother isn't already appalled by my posture as it is). There's also minimal snagging of hair. It's beautiful.

So I think I've already made enough of a case for the upsides of using a smaller crossbody-type bag. Here are the things I limit myself to bringing.

First off, I purchased this bag from a clothing store called Springfield, at Harbour Town in Melbourne. Sadly, the store is no longer there and as far as I'm aware, they don't have any other stores in Australia. They do have a website that ships around Europe, though. Everything in the store was comfy and wearable with a bit of quirkiness thrown in. This bag was definitely one of the quirkier pieces there, and I haven't seen anything like it since. I like it because it's a great size and doesn't have any annoying hardware; just a simple zip opening.

I always make sure I've got my phone, keys and wallet with me. Especially keys. And wallet. And phone. I know it's almost too obvious to mention, but the amount of times I've seen people forget to bring their essentials makes it worth a mention. My dad would always check to see if I had these three things before leaving the house. It happened so often that I now hear his voice in my head whenever I'm about to leave the house. It has definitely worked a charm though, and I haven't forgotten my keys since. The LED keyring also comes in handy at night when the inevitable rummaging for things occurs.

The wallet was a gift from my parents after I finished school. A few years later and it's still going strong. I love that the leather is dark brown and pebbled (I think it'll wear and age quite well), and that the zip compartment is wide enough to fit notes in their entirety. 

Pocket tissues and chewing gum (I like 5 Gum in cobalt best) are an essential for me, too. If you're with friends, there's a good chance they might need tissues or appreciate some gum after a meal. I've always thought it was important to be the friend who's well-prepared. It's definitely preferable to having to ask others for things.

The next bag post will be a look at what I carry in my bag within a bag. I'm sad that I can't think of the name for it. I may have to call it a B(bag)AG for now.

Bag - Springfield (only accessible in Europe)

Wallet - Rare Rabbit (can't find similar wallets on their site, but they sell a lot of original, unique accessories)

LED keyring - Kathmandu
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