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I don’t know about anyone else, but I tend to be a “just in case” packer. I don’t know what the “just in case” is, but I know it’s for something, and that causes me to pack for quite literally everything. I’m not talking about traveling, I’m talking about my everyday purse. The purse I take to Target, Publix, the park, you name it. The good news is that I’m almost always prepared for every potential situation, but the bad news is that there are a bunch of random things in my purse that weigh me down.

When you have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) you can have issues with object permanence and clutter. As much as I think my purse approach makes me prepared, I can’t pretend it doesn’t leave my purse extremely, well, cluttered. 

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Here’s what’s in my (Mary Poppins) bag, with the only context being that I have ADHD. 


A purple wallet with some cards sticking out of it against a brown quilt


An AirPod case against a brown blackdrop


(not pictured because I used my phone to take pictures of everything else)

Book (“Amari and the Great Game” by B.B. Alston to be precise)

The book "Amari and the Great Game" against a brown backdrop.

Mosquito repellent bracelet

A mosquito repellant bracelet (purple) in a blue cellophane bag.

A pen

A black pen against a brown backdrop

A notebook

A black book with a pink peony on it

A dog toy

A squeaky dog toy shaped like a squirrel that's wrapped up

Two different lipsticks

A gold tube of "Fashion Fair" lipstick and a gold tube of "Milani" lipstick

Two lip glosses

A tube of clear Fenty lip gloss and tube NYX buttergloss


Pink and green tube of mascara

A singular sock (?)

A black sock

A brush pen

A brown brush pen

Nail clippers

Silver nail clippers against a brown backdrop

A MetroCard for the NYC subway (I live in Florida, for the record)

A yellow MetroCard for the Subway

$1.37 in change

Loose change against a brown backdrop

An apple pencil

An apple pencil against a brown backdrop

An apple pencil nib

An apple pencil tip or nib or whatever it's called

A random key

A bronze key with a finger covering the ridges

Some of these things make sense. Others…not so much, but that’s what’s in my ADHD bag. What’s in yours?

Lead image courtesy of contributor

Originally published: September 23, 2022
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