The "no space for anything" is a major issue as I usually can't fit my wallet in them, so I end up placing loose money, my license and debit card freely in it and hope that every time I open my clutch these items don't decide to fall out!
Another thing is having to hold it in your hand or under your arm the whole night, hoping that some stranger doesn't easily snatch it or perhaps it falls and you're scrambling in the dark night club to find your money, license, keys, etc.
The good news is there are clutches out there that fix these issues and are still elegant. When I currently shop for a clutch, I look for enough room to fit my necessities and one that can fit my mini wallet so if the clutch decides to have a mishap, I am only picking up my wallet, like I would do with a normal purse.
In addition, I like to find the clutches that have the secretive strap. This way, when my arm or hand is tired, I can wear the bag on my shoulder. It's important to invest in a high quality bag with this feature because some of these bags don't stay closed like this and this does more damage than good if your bag is aimlessly open. You'd be better off holding your clutch.
Don't get me wrong, I do love clutches and I still can't help myself of purchasing a clutch that's only big enough for my keys or I have to hold in my hand all night. I just think it's important to understand that we don't have to go through the hassle of a clutch if we don't want to.
If you're not gonna wear your clutch to an event for more than two hours, go ahead and buy the one without the strap. If you really don't even need a bag at an event, wear the clutch that fits absolutely nothing for style, if it adds that little something. I found a clutch that seemed like it was made for my dress as it's design, fabric and color was exactly the same as my dress! I can barely fit my cell phone in it but I just had to have it!