Most of us would be lost without our daily bag — whether our daily bag is a briefcase, back pack, tote or pocketbook.
The tone of our day is often set by how well organized and together we are when we go out to do our daily things — work, school, errands, shopping.
How many of us have been frustrated with forgetting our bills to mail, not being able to find our key, or not being able to grab our phone in time to get that call.
(1) Select a bag that works for you.
Thankfully, each one of us is different. You should use a bag that works the way you want it to.
(a) SIZE — Choose a bag that will hold all of your essentials and that will fit your physical size.
(b) STYLE — Select a style that works with your style and your needs.
(c) FEATURES — Consider the features that you need for your gear and for your personality style. Consider waist versus sling wear, how you want the bag to open and close, the number of compartments.
(d) MATERIALS — Choose materials that are durable and that will meet the demands that you will place on this bag.
(e) COMFORT — How are you going to carry this bag?
(f) COLOR — What color do you want or need? Do you need a color that is visible so that you can locate your bag easily?
(g) QUALITY — Evaluate how the bag is constructed and how durable it is. Will it hold up to the job?
(2) Carry only what you need.
The medical studies have shown that the human body is not a schlepping machine! So be good to yourself and carry only what you really need in your daily bag. When you have to carry other items consider whether you should carry them in a separate bag or not.
(3) Keep your bag organized.
(a) Make a list of all the items that you absolutely need each day in this bag.
(b) Then empty out your bag with what you are carrying now.
(c) Weed through the items, removing what you don’t need to carry every day.
(d) Repeat this once a month or more often.
(e) Go to the next step for repacking the bag for the maximum efficiency and organization.
(4) Pack your items consistently.
Place your essentials in the same place every time. Designate a compartment or section of the bag for each item / group of items so that you can locate them quickly.
Here are some helpful tips for packing your essentials:
(a) Put your keys in the outer pocket of the bag or on a hook / D ring every time you are finished with them.
(b) Place your phone in the same compartment based on how quickly you’ll need to get at the phone.
(c) Put your wallet / money / checkbook in a separate compartment / location for safeguarding and ease of access.
(d) Have your pens handy for making notes, writing checks, giving your autograph when needed.
(e) Carry your sunglasses / glasses in a place where they won’t be damaged and you can easily retrieve them.
(f) Keep your personal papers separate from your work / school papers by using separate files or separate compartments.
(5) Store your bag.
(a) When you are not using your bag put it in the same place every time.
(b) Select a location that is easy to remember and that is easily accessible by you.
(c) Your bag’s location should not be in a location where the bag can be kicked, buried under things, or moved by someone else.
Used with permission from Kate R. Lozier, owner/designer of TuffBags