Update: What’s in her purse? No really – what is that?

Written by Leslie Means

Note:  I still have this purse but today is the last day it will be in my possession.  It looks worse than it did when I last posted this.  I am on a mission to find something new.  Wish  me luck!  


This post doesn’t have much tangible value.  In fact, its sole purpose is to pretty much make you feel better about your own messy purse.

Cause let’s face it.  I think mine is worse.

Oh ~ it has potential.  At first glance you may not even recognize this gem as a disaster.


But inside – oh, inside it gets worse.

Much. Worse.

So bad.  It’s such a disaster – you can’t look away.  Right?

Well keep on lookin’ cause it gets worse.  Today I bring you..

“What’s in her purse?  No, really.  What is that?”  12 random categories to make you feel better about your own mess.

#1.  That’s my purse.  We’ve covered that.  What we haven’t covered is the lovely green hand sanitizer clipped to the side for the world to see.  Cause what else shouts, “Sexy Woman!” like a kid sanitizer hanging off the side?

I should get rid of that.

#2.  Lip gloss and old, crusted foundation packages.  This emergency kit is for the rare nights when I actually leave my home; only to look in my rear view mirror (once in the car) to find nasty mustache hairs and hidden little zits.  What is it about natural lighting that makes those guys shine? 

#3.  A pen, two crayons and one dull Toy Story 3 pencil.  Because I need writing materials.  Obviously!

#4.  Sanitary items.  AKA – an old (but not used!) tampon, large amounts of toilet paper (for when Ella gets her weekly bloody nose), sanitary wipes (because clearly the kid sanitizer hanging off my purse isn’t enough), and an emergency diaper (for my two year old – not me). 

#5.  Trash.  I don’t think I need to explain this one.  Except why I feel the urge to keep trash in my purse.  In that case, I can’t explain it.  Maybe I don’t want to litter?  Yes.  I like that.  Let’s go with that one. 

#6.  $1.25  in change.  This made me very happy!  I can purchase 2 1/2 diet cokes from my work vending machine with this cash-o-lah!  YES!

#7.  Edible items.  AKA..

Turns out dirty gum isn’t that fantastic to chew.  Have you ever dropped your gum, wiped it off and proceeded to chew, only to crunch down on a tiny piece of gravel?

You haven’t?  Oh.  I mean, yea.  I haven’t either.  I guess I can imagine that would be gross.  This seems to remind me of what that situation would be like.

OK.  I have done that. 

It’s why I avoided chewing this bad boy.

What IS that on my gum?  I’ll share that with #9 in just a moment.

#8.  Organization stuff.  Yes.  I realize I’m not really using it.  I do have a wallet in that pile, too.  Let’s not look in there.  It’s not organized either. 

#9.  I finally figured out what the black stuff was.  At first dump, I seriously thought one of my girls put a handful of dirt or gravel in my purse.  At closer look I realized the tea bag I snagged on our summer vacation last May had popped open.  Guess I didn’t brew him after all.

#10.  Deodorant, lotion, hairbrush and Carmex.  All necessary and usual purse items.  No explanation needed here.

 #11.  Bubbles and a cow puzzle piece.  Clearly items for a child’s entertainment.  Just not sure how either of them ended up in there. 

#12.  A dirty sock.  Yea.  I don’t know. 

There you have it.  You must be feeling better about your organizational skills by now.  I did that just for you.

Now – any advice on how you organize your purse?

P.S. THANK YOU all for the fantastic tips last time I did a “what’s in her makeup bag” post.  I really enjoyed it and do plan to use your advice!

P.P.S.  My bags aren’t usually this unorganized.  Never mind.  That’s a lie.  They are all bad.  Help me!  😉

About the author

Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well.

She is married to a very patient man. Together they have two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017!

When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.


  • Well…. Back when I used a real purse mine looked JUST like that!! Now, though, my kids’ diaper bag had taken the place of my purse. I got tired of carrying both, so I got a cute little Coach wristlet for Christmas and ditched the big purse for that. It holds all of my credit/debit/Gap/Herbergers/etc cards and a folded check or two along with what little cash I may have and then I hook my keys to it am it’s all I need!! It’s nice to be able to just throw it in whatever bc I’m headed out the door with; however it is small enough to lose. And I did lose it. Once. In the Target parking lot. in the snow. But I am SO thankful for the person who took it safely back inside to an employee who just so happened to know me, and I got a phone call about 5 min after

    • ha! Yes! I guess my purse is so bad because I ditched the diaper bag. hated bringing both with – so now I just throw in the girls’ items. At least that’s why I’m telling myself it’s so messy. 🙂

  • So glad to read this!!! My purse (and car…yikes) often look like this. The only thing I’ve done differently is that I have a makeup bag (the kind that come with special deals at Clinique) in which I put everything I “need” (aside from my wallet). It makes it a lot easier to change purses. I do that frequently. I have a minor addiction to purses. When I do change purses, though, I still have a large amount of random things left in my purse that have to be sorted and/or dumped. I think it’s a mom-on-the-go issue. Fun post!

    • Thanks Megan. Every time I clean out my purse I think.. “yes, this time it will stay clean and light!” Two weeks later – it’s heavy again. 🙂

  • Yep. Looks like my organization. Except mine is in a horrible diaper bag. I need to update to a nice purse. It’s going on my birthday list!!