How this pro organizer packs her work bag
November 17, 2020
Organizing organizing products? You better believe my work bag is perfectly organized (and branded with my logo, no less!). Curious how I prep for a busy day with a client? I’m giving you a sneak peek inside my world, um I mean by bag.
It’s as simple as it gets, friends. This powerhouse of a bag is from Amazon is called the Honey-Can-Do Large Trunk Organizer and checked all the right boxes: quality, well priced, built in storage options, nice fabric, and carrying handles. It also comes in a small size, but I needed the larger one since I bring quite a bit with me to my client sessions.
I also carry a fanny pack on me at all times, which is where I stash my hand sanitizer, phone, and measuring tape.
Bins within bins: pro organizer friends, you get me, right? There’s nothing the Multi Purpose Bins from The Container Store can’t do – and here they are, winning again. They fit perfectly inside so that my tools and accessories don’t rattle around.
I also love using vinyl zippered pouches and Iris 4×6 containers to hold all my gear.
Speaking of tools and accessories, here’s a rundown of what I keep inside my bag.
- Label maker: I make all my custom vinyl labels at home on my Cricut Maker, but a handheld one like the Brother P-Touch or P-Touch Cube is a helpful tool to have on hand (get it? on hand? ;). With the label maker, I keep an accordion folder in a medium sized Multi Purpose bin, which holds: the made labels, transfer tape, Cricut tools, extra batteries for my hand held label maker, rubbing alcohol wipes, Goo-Gone, and a scraper.
- Tools: a basic kit will allow you to get all the tasks done, impressing your client and keeping your project running smooth. My must haves? Hammer or mallet (I prefer a mallet because it’s softer on the walls), level, pliers and a screwdriver.
- Hooks, push pins, and more: the little things make the difference in the middle of a job. I have a few types of thumbtacks, 3M Command Hooks, one that might get forgotten (don’t let that happen to you!) is a pack of shelf bracket pegs.
- Museum gel: the perfect amount of gooeyness and tackiness to hold those drawer dividers in place.
- Paper + writing supplies: post it notes, graph paper, and my planner.
- Tape: painters tape is my third best friend, after graph paper and my tape measure. I also have a roll of packing tape that I use sometimes when decanting games and puzzles into vinyl pouches.
- Cleaning supplies: wiping down surfaces is a sign of the times, but this was a pre-covid must. Your favorite cleaner + paper towels + gloves, and you’re set.
- Camera: don’t forget the before and after shots! An iPhone works great. A DSLR works better. (My favorite camera tip for the best pics? Hire a professional photographer.)
- Bags for donated items: sure, trash bags are perfect, but I tend to re-use the giant plastic bags from The Container Store
Don’t forget space for your personal items: water bottle, granola bar, wallet, etc.
Are you a professional home organizer? What else do you keep in your bag?