I am not a member of Team Clutch, Team Crossbody, and Team Backpack.
I injured my shoulder. And the cause: carrying an oversized and overstuffed tote.
Last week, my left shoulder started really hurting. I get backaches and neckaches from time to time, so I didn’t think much of it at first. On Monday morning, I left my apartment carrying my Michael Kors Jet Set Red Tote and my briefcase that holds my MacBook Pro and iPad (and chargers). By the time I walked 5 minutes to my train I was in some major pain.
The large totes I carry aren’t necessarily the problem. Though they are big, they are relatively light when it comes to weight. That is, until I fill them with bricks. Literally, my bag is so heavy it might as well be bricks. The problem is that I am trying to carry EVERYTHING. EVERYWHERE. ALL THE TIME.
Case in point, here is what is in my purse:
- Makeup bag (which contains more lipglosses and blushes that a girl could ever need in one day. Seriously, I won’t even tell you everything that it is filled with because it is ridiculous).
- Toothbrush and toothpaste (please don’t judge, I wear Invisalign.)
- iPhone 5 charger (in my defense, those are hard to find.)
- Wristlet that contains my work badge and train tickets
- Hairbrush (ok, there was more than one.)
- Sunglasses and case
- Eyeglasses and case
- My Just Salad reusable bowl
- Stuff that doesn’t even fit in a category so we will just call it junk
And here is what is in my briefcase:
- A MacBook Pro
- A MacBook charger
- An iPad
- An iPad charger
- A notebook
- Pens. So. Many. Pens.
Who seriously needs all that stuff?!
Right now, I am trying to cutback on all these items I am carrying with me everywhere. I am leaving the iPad at home, and the Mac at work. And all those chargers, who seriously needs those with them 24/7?
I’ll update you on my progress. And if you see any cute crossbody bags, please send links my way. Has this ever happened to you before? How did you stop carrying so much?
— Roger Ebert