As part of our Unburden Your Life series we are here with tips and tricks to make your life just a little bit easier. Because we should all be carrying less on our shoulders.
- Do The Milk Jug Test. According to Heidi Prather, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Washington University School of Medicine that was interviewed in Real Simple on the topic of heavy bags says your bag should weigh no more than 10 percent of your body weight or 10 pounds, whichever is less. Her test to judge if you’re lugging around too much? Hold your bag in one hand and a gallon of milk in the other. “The bag shouldn’t weigh much more than the jug,” says Prather.
- Dump It All Out. We know it sounds weird but just emptying your entire bag can sometimes be the key to discovering the weird crap you forgot you were carrying (two bottles of hand sanitizers? An empty bottle of Advil?)
- Cut The Cruft. After doing the dump you will feel amazing tossing out floating tissues, unneeded receipts, ancient mints and gum, loose coins, random pens, paper scraps, lost hair accessories (where do all those bobby pins go right?) and of course expired icky make-up.
- Make Pockets and Clutches Your Friends. A bag separate pockets is your friend. It is one reason we love Dagne Dover. Don’t have pockets in your bag? Put a clutch or two in your bag. Then keep essentials separated and in areas you recognize so you don’t misplace cell phone or keys. We’ve done that rooting around for your phone mid-ring in the middle of quiet movie theater (guilty) and the locked out of your apartment with a bag full of crap thing and neither is fun.