My Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote

If you've been following my blog for awhile now, then you probably know I live an apartment. It's only one bedroom, so I don't have an office. As soon as I get a second bedroom, that's what we're turning into. So until then I'm using a "portable office".

A few months ago my mom went to a Thirty-One party. She asked if I wanted anything -- umm, yes please! I had seen on iHeart Organizing and A bowl full of lemons how Jen and Toni use their Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote.

While I have my mail station and my filing cabinet, I needed something mobile for my home management binder, address book, planner, etc. I loved Jen's idea of putting an open-top file box (the medium size from The Container Store) in the tote to give it a sturdy hold for everything I need to tote around.

(You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.)

Want to see what's in my bag?

The files I have are:
  • printables: blank printables that I've created for my Etsy store and have printed to take pictures of. I use all of my printables, so I store them in this file until I'm ready to use it.
  • daily plan: blank copies of my daily plan printable -- I don't like to hole punch them because I use them on a clipboard, not in my home management binder.
  • to-do lists: these are my filed out to-do lists which are sometimes on a clipboard, but not always unless I'm working on checking things off.
  • blog: anything blog related
  • blank tab: not sure why it's in the middle or what I'm going to put there yet.
  • check it out: when I go through magazines every month (which I unfortunately get a million of...it's truly an addiction) I always have a piece of paper next to me so I can jot down anything I want to check out online or wherever. I then place the paper in this file so I can check it all out when I have the time.
  • scan: pages from home & school magazines that I tear out and scan onto my computer in a PDF document to keep for later reference.
  • create: anything I find that I want to create
  • buy: things that I want to buy
  • paper: blank lined paper
I also have my:
  • home management binder
  • address book (which I'll show you tomorrow...I just made one myself)
  • BusyBodyBook planner
  • clipboard
  • home/storage magazines that need to be gone through

In the front pockets I have colorful markers, scissors, Scotch Precision Cutter (love this for cutting out magazine pages), label maker, stapler.

In one of the mesh side pockets I have tape, extra label tape, and double-stick adhesive. The other mesh pocket is empty for now.

In the back pockets I have Post-It notes, page flags, rubber bands, and binder clips.

I absolutely love my Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote. It's super durable and comes in such fun patterns. My next Thirty-One purchase will definitely be the Fold-and-Go Organizer. (And now through August 31 everything is 15% off!) Want to purchase some sweet Thirty-One merch? You can shop through my new friend and Thirty-One consultant, Jessica Wright.

This post is not compensated in any way. I wrote it because I wanted to, not because I was asked to by anyone. =]


  1. I love 31 products too. I love the office idea. I also use the same tote for my sewing machine. My sewing machine fits in the tote and then I fill the pockets with all sorts of stuff. I am taking a sewing class and have to transport everything to the Chapel. It has worked really well for me. Thanks for another idea for the same great utility tote which is my favorite. Also use one for cleaning supplies too.

  2. @ Melody ~
    That's awesome that you can fit your sewing machine in your tote! I wish I could find something to fit my Cricut Expression machine. It's so big and the box is just a pain to keep it in. You've inspired me to search for a solution. Thanks!

    1. You can fit the Cricut Expression in the Thirty-One Large Utility Tote....with room for extras!!

  3. I need one of these! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  4. Try the large utility tote for your cricut. Its great fir so many things!

  5. Where did you find the mesh bags for your lips and rubber bands? They are perfect!

  6. Stephanie,

    I bought the mesh bags from Barnes & Noble years ago. They came in a 3 pack with a pencil pouch size and notebook sized bag.

  7. I just got my tote the other day! I love it, BUT I cannot find the small holder for the hanging files like you have. The only one I could find took up the whole bag.
    Where did you find your white (or clear) one?

    Thanks, so much!!

  8. Hello My name is Jillian Quinn and just started selling Thirty-One Products. I love them! They come in so handy. I also live in a small apartment and the totes come in so handy. If any of you need a consultant. Just let me know, my email is jillianquinn42@yahoo.com or check out my website www.mythirtyone.com/112266/

    Great Print that you picked for your bag!

  9. what a great idea!!! Thank you!

  10. Tiffany, I need more explanation about how you use your tote. Do you take it with you to school or is is just mobile at home? Do you take your todo list to school?

    I'm new here and LOVE your blog. I have updated all my stuff and have you to thank! Happy New Year!

  11. Hi Avee -

    Now that I'm teaching, I take it to school with me on Monday, and bring it home on Friday. (You can see more on how I use the tote now here: http://www.thenesteffect.com/2011/12/my-classroomin-progress-part-1.html) I now have separate to-do lists specifically for school that I take with me to school. I'll be doing an update on my school tote soon.

    Happy New Year to you as well! =]

  12. I sell Thirty One and my customers use these to organize everything. My favorite uses: organize cleaning supplies, a "teacher" bag, scrapbooking organizing kit, bathroom essentials kit, etc.


  13. it works alot like the "teacher file tote" in the "really good stuff" catalog! I have this same bag and was lamenting that I didnt have a file box that would fit it. well the other day I came across some paperboard file boxes that I had purchased on clearance at Target who-knows-when, and guess what?! it's perfect! LOL

  14. Really good idea! I found the perfect "home management" binder at zazzle. http://www.zazzle.com/flower_home_management_binder-127778722579582846 and it was only $19.40. Thanks for the great idea!
    Nikki R

  15. Where did you get the "Home Management" Binder and what publications are pictured in the thirty one bag?


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