The following is a guest post about how to organize any bag with pouches from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.
Over the years, I have developed a system for any bag that I carry. It doesn’t matter if it is a small handbag or a tote for work. They all get organized the same way. Usually, I will carry one bag at a time too. During the week, I normally carry a work tote and that is all. Carrying two bags in one day is a bit much for me. If I have to run an errand after work, then I just grab my wristlet out of my work bag and go. So, in order to switch from one bag to another, I needed a way to keep everything simple and easy to transfer.
Everything in my bag gets placed in a pouch. I have tweaked my pouch system over the years to fit my needs and I finally have a system that has been working for over a year now.
My pouches are organized by type and right now I have three in my bag; a pencil pouch, financial pouch, and traveling pharmacy. I am going to share the contents of each one with you.
How I Organize My Bag with Pouches
After trying several different pencil pouch options, I decided to try this Homecube from Amazon (affiliate link). It cost roughly $8.95 and I love it. I was wanting something that was small, but could open to lay flat. I was using the Orla Kiely small cosmetic pouches and I didn’t like the fact that I could not see in the bag, which meant I was just cramming more and more things in it.
With this Homecube, I don’t continuously add the same pen to it because I can see everything fully.
Side note: I always carry several of my favorite pens: Sharpie fine point marker and Papermate Ink Joy gel pens.
My financial pouch is the one that contains everything I need to keep my checkbook in order. I use the large Orla Kiely pouch from Target that comes in the 3-piece purse set. It fits the May Design notebooks perfectly.
Inside of the pouch I carry my checkbook register notebook, my blog notebook (where I keep track of my expenses), a highlighter, and a calculator. The calculator is an old Vera Bradley one. I really wish I could get another one, but they have discontinued them.
Last, but definitely not least is my traveling pharmacy. Everything from hair ties to ibuprofen is contained inside of this pouch. I guess you could call it my little emergency kit for my bag. I could have fit a lot more in it, but I didn’t want it to be super heavy and add more weight to my bag. So, I decided to carry only the things that I reach for the most in a given day. I do have a larger emergency kit in my car that carries other necessities.
What type of pouches do you carry in your bag? Is there a specific pouch that you absolutely love? Please share any details with us.
My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!
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