Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Clutter-Free Classroom Project ~ Week #7

It's time for the next installment of The Clutter-Free Classroom Project.

Week #7 was all about the Teacher Bag!

Feel free to use one {or all} of the following:
  • Show us your teacher "bag."
  • What do you love about it?
  • What do you wish was different?
  • Dare to show us what's inside?

Well...{deep breath} it goes!

I'm a bag-lady!  There I said it!  I LOVE bags of all shapes and sizes!

I'm currently using a Vera Bradley bag {don't remember the pattern name} and have used a Vera for several years now.

I must say that I panicked just a little a lot when I saw that I had to share the contents of my bag with you!

I'm pretty OCD about neatness and organization, but my poor old bag catches the brunt of the I'm-outta-time-to-deal-with-this-right-now stuff!

{I had to take 2 pictures to show the junk from both sides...all of it 
wouldn't fit into one shot!}

{Then I started emptying and emptying and....}

Holy cow did I have a ton of stuff in there!  It's no wonder my neck and shoulders hurt everyday!

Notice the yellow rubber gloves I found for .99 cents a pair at IKEA.  They're for cleaning my turtle aquarium in my classroom, so why are they still in this bag?

Notice the half-empty bottle of Coke Zero!

Notice the waded up brown paper towel.  It's covering the serving spoon I took to school 3 weeks ago when it was my turn to take food for my hallway's Finger Food Friday.  Why is it still in this bag?

I could go on and on, but I think it's clear to see I NEEDED to clean out this bag!

{This is all that went back in to my de-cluttered bag...note that the deo must stay!}

{So much better...and about 5 pounds lighter!}

So that's my bag and what's inside.

What do I love?

The size is good.  The inside pockets are good.

What would I change?

I'm ready for something different!  A new pattern...a new look.

After seeing all the Thirty-One bags, I'm pretty sure definite that's what I want!  I'm torn between 2 bags and 2 patterns right now, so that's what I'll be thinking about for the next 24 hours or so!

Whew...glad that's over and done with!

Can't wait to see what's next...

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},


  1. My mom has a purse in that same Vera Bradley pattern! I think it's super cute. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  2. My bag is a Vera also -- the Metropolitan -- and can be carried by the handles, shoulder strap or luggage carrier. It has a pocket attached in a way that it slips over the handle of extended luggage handle. It is heavy as well, but it is carrying my laptop, papers to mark and record, pens, pencils, tape, scissors, markers, flash/jump drives assortment, deo also, mascara, assorted Burt's Bees, hand lotion, nail file, brush and extra hair clips, kindle/book currently reading. If you tend to carry a weighty assortment, it's better than 31 bags -- more durable and more padding

  3. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one carrying things back and forth to school. I always stick things in that need to go to school, but somehow I forget to take them out. Hopefully I will remember tomorrow!

  4. I have a 31 bag and have been loving all the Vera Bradley I am seeing mainly due to the inside pockets and the fact that it can close. Plus it seems that they hold more. In hindsight - I would have gone with the cindy tote instead of the organizing tote as it seems closer to the Vera Bradley ones I am liking.

    Mrs Poland
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  5. My laptop bag became wounded last week, so this was the perfect thing for me to see on the CFC project! I just bought 2 of the 31 bags - got the Tailored Stiped one & The Boho Paisley (which was a retired print). You can check them out on my blog if you like, but I bought them on ebay. You did such a great job on reorganizing your current bag!! :)

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