The struggle to be minimal. (translation: still struggling!)



I am of the belief that paring down of one’s bag contents should start from one’s own makeup bag.


Anyone who knows me really well also knows me to carry a ridiculous amount of things in my bag. In fact, not too long ago, I wrote a blog post about this in my old blog. And no, this is not a recycled post.

I’m still struggling. Maybe it’s because I have a big bag and putting many things into it proves irresistible. Maybe because I feel odd when I carry an almost empty bag (no kidding).

Maybe I’m just a shade too masochistic.

I don’t put in a lot of things inside my bag–well, not as much as I used to–but it is a vast improvement from months ago. Still, I have to learn how to prioritise–and I’ve got to, real soon, before school starts (in the Philippines, regardless of your educational attainment–be it grade school or postgrad, a lot of people will still say, “I’m going to school.”) again.

My pencil case still bulges, and my makeup bag is no better–well, it’s one of the contents in my bag whose contents needed to be taken out. I’ve learned to prioritise items which has a double function (hi, lip and cheek stain). So, as you can see from the picture above–not including the wipes–that’s all that’s inside my  makeup bag right now! The other two lip colours are for contingency purposes.

Oh, and let’s not forget the coin purse. Had to put half the contents in my coin bank, where it went with a happy tinkle.

I found out that it was the main culprit. When the coins went to the coin bank, the bag felt lighter, and I mean lighter.

Lesson learned: put in coins in your coin bank every two weeks.

Well, you know what they say, there’s always room for improvement. And I will be the first to say that I’m a work in progress.

I’d really like to learn about your experiences about packing light (and packing right), be it for school, work, or travel–do you find it difficult, or is it a breeze for you?









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