Want to hear something slightly concerning? The average woman’s bag contains 67 objects. Unless you’re a fan of neck strain and aching shoulders, we assume you’ll agree: This packrat behavior has got to go! Your bag should weigh no more than around eight pounds, around the same as a gallon of milk.
If you’re guilty of lugging around way too much stuff, scroll down for five ways to lighten your purse—your body will thank you!
This editor recently ditched her clunky wallet for a cardholder, and is never looking back. You really only need a few cards and a bit of cash on a daily basis, and the weight difference of a cardholder is substantial. Tip: Get yours monogrammed for a personalized touch.
Items like a laptop, water bottle, and books should go in a second tote to spread out the weight. Make sure to wear one bag on either side to keep your spine in alignment.
Why not embrace the of-the-moment no-makeup look? Or, if you’re a product junkie, consider limiting yourself to three must-have cosmetics. We promise one lip color is enough! You can also try looking for products that do double-duty, like Too Faced’s Beach Bunny Bronzer ($30), which can also be used as eye shadow.
A collection of coins is the quickest way to feel weighed down, but items like a hard sunglasses case, hairbrush, and planner can also be culprits of a heavy purse.
Obviously, if you wear a smaller purse, you’ll be forced to edit the contents of your bag. Thankfully for you, mini bags are having a moment.
Lanvin Grey & Black Leather Card Holder ($190)
Pierre Hardy Burgundy Etched Leather Cube Print Pouch ($225)