How did I choose items for my wife's Purse Accessory Kit? Find out here.
Near as I can tell, the most common method of dealing with this expansion of "stuff" is to buy progressively bigger purses. Motherhood, a career, and time finally took its toll on her purse - it was literally "bursting at the seams." But when it comes to purses, my wife is a charter member of the "less is more" club. So, even though what she needed was something resembling a tote-sack, what she craved was a new, sleek, compact, and efficient purse.
Her Purse Requirements:
Even though her new purse was (of necessity) bigger than her old one, my wife still had to put her purse contents on a diet to prevent a repeat of the system overload failure that started this whole exercise. During the winnowing, transferring, and rearranging process, it occurred to me that this would be the perfect opportunity for her to work in a few additional accessories that I thought would be extremely helpful. So I, her loving and dutiful husband, embarked on a "secret mission" to plan and procure a "Ten Most Useful Purse Accessories Kit" for my beloved. What a good husband I was! I researched, comparison shopped, and gathered all of the tools and gadgets to make her life so much easier that she would be forever grateful.
Let’s just say that my "grand plan" met with some resistance. Here she was, in the middle of an involuntary down-sizing of her mobile arsenal, and I hand her more "stuff" to find room for!
How could I convince her? I described what she could do with her new kit. Then she described what I could do with the kit. Ouch! So, I showed her how I had picked items based as much on tiny size, weight and cost as on reliability and performance. I explained how the whole kit weighed about the same as a buck's worth of loose change. Finally, I just asked her to try it for a while and then decide.
She didn't want to admit it at first, but now she brags about how she uses something in the kit almost every day. I guess I'm forgiven.