Week 10
Paring Down the Purse

I reached between the seats to the backseat, where her purse was on the floor. It was the size of a grocery bag and it weighed a ton.

“What the hell do you have in this thing?”

—Michael Connelly, The Gods of Guilt

The focus this week was to use that thing we lug around everywhere we go—our handbag, wallet, computer bag, backpack—as a practice tool in letting go. When we make it a priority to slow down, simple practices in sorting, pruning, and moving things around have the added benefit of promoting well-being.

What has your handbag taught you about you? In what ways does inserting awareness into an everyday task feel more nourishing (or less onerous)?


  • My bag has taught me . . .
  • Inserting awareness into daily pruning feels . . .
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  • KatieJ

    Every little space that I clear adds up to more peace of mind and ease of life. My purse is lighter is a good start to the day!

  • CarolHH

    So far, this was the easiest week for me. My purse is always light and I have no problem clearing it out. If I can keep my purse pared down, maybe I can pare down some of the other crowded areas in my life.

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