altThe handbag. That lovely – and useful – accessory every woman uses to cart around her life. When you’re a mum, buying a handbag means you have to put in a bit more thought than, “This is cute!”

So how does a mum go about buying a purse?

Step 1. Open your current handbag and empty it onto a table. Sort through what you have and what you’ll need space for. If your current handbag is a nappy bag and you don’t have a child in nappys, you may be in more trouble than you thought.

Step 2. Decide if you really need the five Lego minifigures, the board book, the iPad (well, yes), the clippies, the sun hat, the reusable shopping bags, the wipes, the goldfish crackers, and the wallet. Wait. The wallet is probably not optional.

Step 3. Take your toddler daughter handbag shopping with you. She most likely has a better sense of style than you do. Or is that just me? If nothing else, watching her strut around the store with her to-die for little girl handbag will make you realise you waited too long to go handbag shopping.

Step 4. Decide if you want cute and floral, classy and sleek, or big enough to use as an overnight case. Realise the cute and floral may not be big enough, the classy and sleek may be destroyed in a week, and the biggest handbag the store carries may not be a handbag, but, rather, a suitcase.

Step 5. Buy your “perfect purse” and decide to never let it get junked up and overflowing like your last handbag. Sadly, that will only last about a week. Still, the exterior will be cute and stylish.

Until the kids draw on it with markers.

How often do you go handbag shopping?