Thursday, April 14, 2011

Organized Work Bag

Jen over at IHeart Organizing showed how she organized a 31 Bag into a portable filing cabinet.

**Wait...I already have that bag!!!**

So, what else could I do but steal the great idea... Tah Dah!!

I simply grabbed a small hanging file-holder from my classroom (I still can't believe I had something that fit without having to run around town hunting for something!) and placed it inside. Now I have files for assessments, lessons, ideas, etc. It even holds my plan book and a Teachers Addition book (those are always huge).

In the front pockets, I have different sized Post-It notes, scissors, tape, White-Out and paper clips.

I had recently found these fine-tip Sharpies (a girl's best friend!!). I love the pop of color in this pocket.

I still have 2 extra, empty pockets in the back.

I even stuck a small calculator in one of the side pockets.

Thanks for the great idea, Jen!


  1. Ahhh! LOVE! :) Thanks for the shout-out and the great post! Made my night!


  2. I am a huge fan of Jen's blog too. Love this idea.

  3. How heavy is it?? This post is going crazy on!!

  4. That is awesome! I must buy one of those bags and make it too! where did you find it?

    1. Thirty One.

  5. Check out this website for the bag:

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  6. Thanks guys! Yes, the bag a 31 bag. I have a 31 consultant that teaches with me. I got it last year when it was part of a special...great deal. (It also makes a great teacher gift!) I weighed the bag over the summer and it was around 7 lbs. However, with getting ready for Back-to-School, it weighs a bit more!! It has been a lifesaver!

    Not Just Teach...Do!

  7. What a great idea! I sell them! :)

  8. Hey! I love this! I love fineline colorful sharpies, too! Now I know which 31 bag to buy from our Media clerk...thanks!


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  9. Oh my...that is ever so fabulous! I have that same 31 bag and I'm organizing it like that ASAP. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I was inspired by Jen's post too! AND, I DID search high and low for a file box and could not find anything that worked. I ended up ordering the same one she used from the container store. I am late to Abby's party, here is my bag

  11. Wait, I have that bag! Seriously, I do! haha! I think I will make my tabletop organizer even more portable! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    Miss Kindergarten

  12. I have several of these Organizing Utility Totes. I have used 2 plastic magazine holders from wal mart. They were .97 each. You just put one inside the other. It works great. Thirty- one sells all kinds of organizational items. love this check out a catalog. I sell 31, check it out...

  13. I just bought this bag, wondering how I could use it for school....and now I know!!! Can't wait to use this in August!!!

  14. what do you use to hold up your hanging file folder to leep them from slouching down into the bag? I have this thirty-one tote but haven't quite gotten the organizing down right! :)

  15. On mine, the bottom won't stay flat. You basically have to use the filing system skeleton In it otherwise it completely collapses among itself