HPS: Heavy Purse Syndrome

I suffer from HPS on a daily basis. I have several purses (mostly Baggalinis) that I like and I switch them off from time to time (so that none of them get jealous). However, I can’t seem to stop myself from packing them as if I were going to be dropped into a rain forest and have to survive using only the contents of my purse.

I so admire women who carry a purse containing only a wallet, a comb, a lipstick, keys, and a small pack of tissues. How DO they do it?!?! I have to have everything I need and stuff that I may need. Of course, I have proven to myself time and time again that I really do NOT need a hairbrush (my hair is only about 2″ long so doesn’t need a whole lot of styling), a tube of lotion, 4-5 hankies, dental floss, a bag of cough drops, a container of assorted pills “just in case,” a journal and a pen, my daytimer and one of those Chlorox pens for spills. Oh, and my lucky “Believe” coin.

But always in the back of my mind I am thinking “but you really may NEED these things!” I don’t know what I’m worried about; some crazy attacker showing up at my driver side window at a stop sign? Am I going to do a James Bondish thing with my hand mirror or eyebrow pencil to ward him off?

Even my wallet is overstuffed. Besides the usual stuff, I also keep a lucky “angel” coin and a typed list of “personals” in there:

  • My name and address
  • My emergency contacts
  • My list of vitamins and meds and blood type
  • My doctor visits and any surgeries, etc.
  • My last eye exam paperwork
  • a small pack of tissues
  • The names of all the cats and how they are NEVER to be let outside

HPS is a real deal. I’ll bet that I am not the only one who suffers from this. I’m going to start looking online for a support group. To those other sufferers of HPS, I feel your pain.

<And now, insert massive eye roll here>


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