in my bag

April 24, 2014

My bag situation has changed quite a bit from the past, so I wanted to share!


That’s my bag there. It’s the transport tote from Madewell and it’s my dream. My husband spoiled me with it for my birthday and it’s amazing. This is what I keep inside:


1 – Whatever book I’m currently reading (or the Kindle). Currently it’s Lexicon by Max Berry.

2 – My wallet. It’s an old one by Fossil.

3 – This is a RuMe foldable bag I got at Target. I use it for shopping trips or whenever I need an extra bag.

4 – My bullet journal, which is a Moleskine cahier squared notebook.

5 – Thieves essential oil by Young Living. I have this in my bag because I get sores on my tongue and this stuff heals them in like two days which is amazing.

6 – My house key. The keychain is my late dog Cleo’s tag.

7 – Work name badge.

8 – A Sharpie pen, my favorite.

9 – Zipper pouch from Etsy seller Half Orange Handmade.


I love this little pouch. It’s the perfect size for all your extras, and the quality is excellent. I keep boring stuff inside:


1 – Mini scissors, because you never know when you’ll need them!

2 – A phone charger plug.

3 – Tiny Tupperware container to stash emergency headache meds.

4 – Abreva, because I also get cold sores on my lip every few years and you’ve got to attack those suckers when you first feel them coming on.

5 – Lanolin, which I use for my lips.

I also throw in my water bottle when I’m going to work, and if I’m going somewhere quick with the kids I put a few diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes for the baby in a wet bag and all of that fits in there easily. When I don’t need the baby stuff I just take the wet bag out. I am super minimalist when it comes to baby stuff so I really don’t even need a diaper bag. The kids each have a bag for daycare, and if we are going to be gone from the house for awhile I will just grab one of those to fit in extra diapers. It works!

What’s your bag situation?

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Comments on in my bag

  1. 1

    From Mindy:

    So organized! I love it. I had to walk by all the purses at TJMaxx the other day because I would’ve so bought one I don’t really need… but I kinda feel the need for a larger one, like yours. Hmmm. I’m doing this challenge next month: and cleaning out your purse is on the first list… looks like I’m being reminded to do this! And I’m so with you re: Abreva. I keep it with me too!

  2. 2

    From kapachino:

    Thanks for the link to that challenge, I just might have to do that! I never used to read frugal living blogs but now I’m eating them up.

  3. 3

    From Mindy:

    I think just looking at organizational blogs makes me feel more organized. My hubby would disagree :) but I love them.

  4. 4

    From Kara:

    I love how simply your bag is put together. Nothing in it seems really unnecessary! And I love the idea of just using a wet bag for the kiddos inside your regular bag. If/when the next kid comes along, I’d really love to do away with my bulky diaper bag. I carried so much unnecessary junk around in it, and it was SO awkward to carry around.

  5. 5

    From kapachino:

    I know! I did the same thing with my first child. You think you need all that stuff but really…eh. Of course I may just be lazier now, too. :)

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    From Nora:

    Such a great idea to have travel scissors. Never thought of that! I have a purse that D gave me around this time last year. Inside: my glasses, my sunglasses, my blue polka dot thing that holds all my lip glosses, bobby pins and my epi-pen. I also have a separate sparkly thing that holds lady items (ahem), and pens. Weird combo, I know. Apart from that you will often find my nook, my wallet and my checkbook. And of course some stray bobby pins and hair ties =)

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    From kapachino:

    I love how you have a whole bag basically devoted to lip glosses. :)

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    From Stephanie Stuber:

    That Sharpie pen is also my favorite – I use them at work…They special order them just for me :)

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