Wednesday, July 16, 2008

WFMW: Totebag Queen


Let me just say, "I love totebags!" A really cool totebag is so awesome. Maybe I love them so much is because I like to have my stuff with me wherever I go. As a former girl scout, I love to be prepared for anything.






However, the reason that I am Queen of the totebags is that I have learned to use them to be organized. If you are like me, you have more than one area of your life that you need to be organized. For example, I am a working mom with two jobs, a Sunday School teacher, and for the time being, a worship leader. I have totebags for each of these areas.






On Sundays, I obviously need the Sunday School totebag. I keep my notes for my lesson, my prayer list, notebook, pencil, and my "going to church" bible in this bag. [I don't take my study bibles to church because they are large print and so heavy. I have a cute pocket edition of the bible that I take to church and squint as I read.] This is also useful to take special items in. Did I promise to bring Sister Church Member a copy of my fabulous taco dip? I copy it and drop it into the Sunday School tote. Was I going to loan the Pastor a book? Drop it in the bag. When Sunday comes, I don't have to search for things, I just grab the bag and go.






I have totebags I carry for each job. For my main job that I go to every day, I also include some stationary, stamps, and greeting cards in that bag so that during lunch hours and breaks I can go about "encouraging others." I also put in bills that I need to pay, which takes away from the good feeling of encouraging others but keeps others from having to write me at the debtor's prison.






On Wednesdays, I take my work totebag and my worship leader totebag to work with me. On my lunch hour, I break out the worship leader bag and go through my songs for Wednesday night and get organized for the night. Then I leave the bag in my car so that as I rush home to fix dinner, clean up the kitchen and then jump in the car to drive 35 minutes to church my mind can be free of worrying that I forgot something.






When I used to go to Curves [long story] I had my workout totebag with, you guessed it, work out clothes and tennis shoes.






When I tan, about a month every year, there is a special totebag with my tanning lotion, goggles, etc.






I'm just sayin', every area of my life has a totebag. It works for me!






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8 comments:

Brooke said...

i've got a "wedding bag" that i carry with me every where keeping my paperwork, books, ideas. and a gym bag. and a lunch bag. and my purse. can i be the princess? ;)

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

Oh, that's so inspiring! I love organizing with totebags, too, but I want to get cute ones that are committed to each task. I end up moving things from one to another because I don't have enough.

Leanne said...

I actually found you because of your comment over at brooke's. My ears peaked at the last sentence of your comment, for you see I considered myself "Queen of the totebag". Having read your post, I realise I am wrong, merely owning said totebags without actually using them to my advantage does not make me Queen. I hereby surrender that title to you and am happy for brooke to bear the title of princess.

I will remain a visiting dignitary.

JadeMerie said...

a baggy would work :) or I just have a place on to of a container that I always set it so that it is easy to find.

~Deidra~ said...

I love your ideas of getting organized with tote bags! I own so many...I guess I kind of collect them...but I never thought about using a bunch of them at the same time, for all the different areas of my life. Thanks!

mindi said...

Nice idea - I have a photography totebag and recently picked one up for bringing with me on trips with the kids (to put snacks, diapers in). I'm not too fond of diaper bags!! I SOOO want a snaptote, with a fantastic picture on it. Maybe someday . . .

The Apron Queen said...

I almost bid on the weebles on e-bay but then decided I have enough stuff hanging around already. What do I need a weeble for??!! :)

You love tote bags like I love aprons.

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mommagurl32 said...

What a great idea! I also love totebags...in fact I have made several cute ones out of inexpensive placemats and ribbon...maybe I will post some pics for my 1st Works for me Wednesday...thanks for the idea!
They are hung up all over the house, I never thougt to use them for different tasks. Lets see, I need a household binder and coupon binder tote, a library book tote, one for church...