“Totes” Necessary

Woman holding a tote

A cluttered work tote is all-too-common, and no one can deny the frustration that arises from hurriedly scrambling around inside a work bag, searching for a specific item that has been buried at the bottom. This disorganization is never productive, making it time to ditch all of the unnecessary extras and stock your work tote with these essential items.

Notepad and Pen
With all of the laptops, tablets and smartphones that are likely at your fingertips at work, carrying a notepad and pen around with you in your work tote may seem unnecessary, but there will always come a time when you need them. Whether due to low battery on your tablet or simply the need to quickly jot a few ideas down, a notepad and pen will always come in handy, and can be clipped together to ensure that they can both be easily reached for in your bag at the same.

On-the-Go Makeup Bag
Every woman should have an on-the-go makeup bag, containing the most essential products for a quick makeup fix that only takes a few minutes. The exact products that you include will depend on your own personal makeup style, but common items include a concealer stick, mascara, a dark colored eyeliner, and some tinted lip balm. It is also always a good idea to include a small bottle perfume, as this will help you to quickly freshen up during a busy day, as well as some hair items, such as bobby pins and hair ties. Keeping all of this together in one small makeup bag will help your work tote to stay clutter-free, and will make all of these small items much easier to find when you really need them.

Mini Sewing Kit or Safety Pins
A fashion crisis at work is never good, whether your blouse is missing a button or you end up with a tear in the seam of your skirt. Keeping a mini sewing kit in your work tote, or even just some safety pins of different sizes, will ensure that you are always covered for the majority of fashion emergencies, at least until you have a few spare minutes to find a more permanent solution!

Mini Moisturizer
The stress from a day at work can quickly take its toll on your skin, which is why it is always useful to keep a mini bottle of moisturizer in your work bag. Applying this during the day will give your skin an added boost of hydration, keeping it looking clear and fresh.

Headphones
Headphones are another one of those items that are always useful to keep nearby, and can be used both during the work day as well as during your work commute. Whether needing to quickly watch a couple of important work videos on your phone on the move, or simply listening to some tunes as you unwind on your walk home after a long day, you will always appreciate having a pair of headphones in your work tote.

Mini Umbrella
The need for a mini umbrella depends largely on where you live, but if you find yourself frequently caught in the middle of a torrential downpour, then this is an item that you definitely need to include. There are many stylish mini umbrellas available that are the perfect size for stashing away at the bottom of your bag, and while you may not use it that often, having it with you will make a huge difference on the day that you really need it!

If there are other items that you need to keep in your work tote, it is always a good idea to group these into categories to keep your bag from getting too cluttered. Having sections in your tote will help you to stay organized and know exactly where each item is at all times.

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