Organizing Your Daily Bag
by Kate R. Lozier
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
(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
(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
(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.