Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Favorite Organizing Tool and a FREE GIVEAWAY from Thirty-One!

Eeeeeek!! I am so excited about this post I can hardly contain myself!  Not only do I get to tell you about one of my favorite products that helps keep me organized, but one of YOU will also get the chance to be a winner in Everyday Organizing's first ever giveaway!

Some of you may already be familiar with Thirty-One brand products.  Thirty-One makes a variety of high quality bags and accessories including purses, wallets, totes, suitcases, coolers, etc.  My love affair with Thirty-One began earlier this summer after my friend (and Thirty-One consultant), Ann, gave me a Large Utility Tote as a thank-you present for a girl's weekend I organized.  I had heard of Thirty-One, but this was the first time I had ever owned any of their products.  Since that fateful day in early July, this tote and I have been practically inseparable.


I practically swoon just looking at it.

I love this tote for so many reasons.  At only $35 and with lots of patterns to choose from, it measures almost one-foot deep and just under two-feet long, which ends up being the perfect size for a busy family on the go.  I also appreciate that it is made from a water-resistant material that is easy to wipe clean in case of any spills.  The tote can stand up on its own, or collapse down to fit into a smaller space.


I keep my tote next to the door leading out to our garage and use it is a catch-all for items that I need to bring with me to the car.  As I am getting ready to get out the door in the morning, I simply walk by the tote and drop in whatever it is I need to take with me for that day.  Instead of making multiple trips to the car, now I can take everything I need in one trip with the help of the Large Utility Tote.


Here is my tote loaded up on a typical day out with the kids.  Inside I have my purse, J&A's backpacks, sweatshirts, water bottles and a snack bag.


For a day of running errands it is filled with a few items I need to return, a bag of donations for Goodwill, my purse and my water bottle.


It is also perfect for taking to the park.  Here I have our park backpack, our lunch bag, our park blanket and a couple balls.


We have a SUV and the tote fits perfectly on the floor of the passenger seat.  For smaller cars (or when you have a passenger who actually wants some legroom) you can drop it in your trunk.


My friend, Ann, uses her Large Utility Tote to transport tennis balls for tennis practice.  Check it out filled to the brim with over 200 tennis balls!


The Large Utility Tote is a must when heading to the grocery store.  It is perfect for corralling all those full grocery sacks (no more having canned goods and loaves of bread rolling all over the back of my car) and makes it easy to get the groceries into the house in just one trip.


I could go on and on with ways to use this tote (beach trips, swimming lessons, soccer practice, etc.) but instead I think it's time I tell you the most exciting part of this post:  Ann is giving away the Large Utility Tote pictured below to a lucky Everyday Organizing reader! Yes -- giving it away!  For FREE!  Can I get a "woot-woot"?


But, guess what folks?  That's not all!  You see, everyone is a winner today because Ann is also offering $5 off when you spend $50 or more in her Thirty-One shop in the next two weeks.  Yep, it just keeps getting better and better!

Besides my favorite Large Utility Tote, here are some other Thirty-One products I have been drooling over:



(1) Organizing Utility Tote in Party Punch, $30 (2) Thermal Tote in Hoo's Chilly, $18 (3) Cosmetic Bag Set in Black Floral Brushstroke, $35 (4) Retro Metro Bag in Say it Taupe, $55 (5) Retro Metro Weekender in Best Buds, $80

Wow! So much happening in one little blog post!  Start by entering the raffle below and then head over to Ann's Thirty-One page to do a little shopping.  (You can visit Ann's page by clicking here.)

Raffle participants must live within the Continental United States to be eligible. Participants may obtain additional raffle entries by liking Everyday Organizing on Facebook or by leaving a comment on this blog.  Raffle winner will be announced Tuesday, September 17, 2013.  Ann's special deal ($5 off when you spend $50 or more) ends on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.  

41 comments:

  1. With a new baby on the way in two weeks, I would use it to corral diapers, wipes, and other car necessities! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Too cute! I could totally use one of these!

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  3. To organize the stuff in my car. I too thank you for the giveaway

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  4. Congratulations on your first giveaway Kristin! Sadly I can't enter because I'm in Canada, but it looks like a GREAT prize.

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  5. LOVE 31!! And might be a freak for organizing! With two little girls there is always a new functional bag that I 'NEED' from 31! :)
    I would use my bag for ballet, swimming, soccer, gymnastics assortments! There is always a uniform that needs to go in the house to wash, a bag that needs to be in the car for practice tonight, a leappad that didn't make it back into the house, etc. A perfect catchall for my on-the-go life, LOVE this idea!

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  6. I'd use it to wrangle the 49 bags of toddler paraphernalia in my car!

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  7. Kristi T - a Facebook fan!September 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    WOW! I love your posts and all of the projects you share. So inspiring! This looks like such a handy bag to have and so cute too! I might need to do some shopping...... thanks for the opportunity!

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  8. I would love to use this for all of the activities my kids are in. I am always on the go taking a kid someone this would be great to be able to pack my youngest daughters sippy cup, some books for her, my son's sports equipment, his water bottle, some toys for him, my duaghter's youngest water bottle, book for her to read and her kindle fire. I would also be able to pack my planner, water bottle and a book to read for myself. This seems like the perfect bag for any mother!!! Thanks for the awesome opportunity!!!

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  9. I have zero thirty-one bags. I just haven't been bit by this trend yet. Hopefully I'll get lucky on your awesome blog though!

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  10. Many of my friends have these bags and I haven't had a chance to get one yet, but I think I am ready. I love how versatile and that they are a helpful too for getting organized! This bigger bag is fantastic!!

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  11. I love all the ways this can be used! We'd definitely use it to corral the backpacks, water bottles, etc.

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  12. I would use this bag when I go thrifting and to yard sales. I love how much it holds and how pretty it looks- besides helping me stay organized of course.

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  13. i love my bags. i they are a great dimension to fit on my bookshelves and hold (read: hide) my kids' toys!

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  14. I would use it in the can to store toys and stuff for the little ones

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  15. I'd want to use it as my to-and-from-school bag because I'm constantly taking things home from school to work on (grading, organizing, filing, etc.). (Brie)

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  16. I've been very interesting in trying out a Thirty-One product for some time... And this would be a great way to get me started!

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  17. I love thirty-one bags... I have that same print in another thrity-one bag I use as my carry all "mom bag". I'd use this tote for truck organizing. It's getting a little out of control in there.

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  18. I'd use it for my daughters' clothes on trips.

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  19. I would use the utility tote in the car. It would especially come in handy when we take trips to keep my purse, books, and things we need to get to quickly all in one place.

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  20. I would love to use this bag to carry in groceries!

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  21. Oh my gosh, how have I not heard of thirty-one before? With my toddler, infant, and general life craziness, I'm pretty sure the large utility tote would change my life on any and all excursions!

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  22. Well, I would totally use this for organizing my car because my other one got stolen! Tip: lock your car, even in your mother's driveway, even if you're running in and out!

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  23. Love this page... with 2.5 yr old twins, u have to be organized to survive... thx for all the tips!

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  24. I would use it to organize my boys sports stuff! (Rea)

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  25. I'd use it in the back of my car -- to hold odds & ends.

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  26. I love your catch-all one trip to the car idea. Just had baby #3 so need all the help I can get. Love your blog, Kristin!

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  27. Love all the ideas! Keep 'em coming!

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  28. I would use it to keep clothes that need to go to the dry cleaners.

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  29. I would use it to store all the lost kid shoes in my car I have floating around not to mention coats/sweaters!

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  30. Love this tote. It is huge! It might actually have enough room for all my junk everyday. :)

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  31. Love the colour of this tote, I would love one of these, I am starting to get organised and this would make it so much easier. I

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  32. I would use the everyday tote in the back of my car for shopping

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  33. I like the idea of putting it by the door to load up for a day out... though my almost 2 year old would probably try to empty it. :) It would be great for groceries and many other things, provided it's out of her reach!

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  34. I would use it in my trunk for all those random things that are tossed back there.

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  35. I would love to use this for corralling items that need to be taken to the car in the morning (no more looking like the bag lady with 5 bags hanging off me), or to keep in the car for corralling the shopping and baby supplies I keep in the car -- Ergo carrier, blanket, reusable shopping bags, wipes, umbrella, rain cover for the stroller, emergency kit, etc.

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  36. As a diaper bag for my 4 month old!

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  37. This bag is PERFECT for a week's worth of activities for a 4th grader. I can add PE clothes, Girls on The Run clothes/shoes, snacks and water, and all the other odds and ends. I can pack it on Sunday and put it in the back of the car for the week. Thanks for sharing this great find!

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  38. I would use this to pick up my produce each week from our food co-op. Love that the insides are easy to wipe clean!

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  39. It use it for groceries in my car!

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