Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote review -- and a giveaway!

1 August 2011

I’d been hearing good things about the bags, totes and accessories from Thirty-One , so when Thirty-One Independent Consultant, Jessica Wright, emailed me and offered to send me a bag to test and do a reader giveaway, I jumped at the chance.

Thirty One offers attractive, functional, and affordable bags and totes in fun patterns. Today, August 1, is the launch of their new fall catalog, so it seemed like a great day to blog about it.

I’d been looking for a good bag to take to client appointments. I’ve been in business six years, and I still haven’t streamlined what I take to each appointment. There are certain things I like to have on my person (rather than in the trunk of my car), but I didn’t have an attractive bag in which to carry everything. Truth be told, sometimes I’d enter a home with multiple bags, looking less than the picture of organization.

Jessica suggested the Organizing Utility Tote, and when I looked at the photo of the roomy tote with its exterior prockets, (which you can see on page 15 of the catalog), I decided to give it a try. When Jessica mentioned on the phone that a standard desktop file box can fit inside the tote to offer structure to the interior (or to carry files), I was excited to try it out.

I ordered the tote in the pattern Paparazzi Dot because I liked its monochromatic sophistication.

I loaded it up with supplies I typically like to have on hand for paper-related organizing. (I do a lot of paper-related organizing.) I often bring along my sample Action Box for handling mail, so I stuck that in the interior of the bag and added some generic grey file folders just to have on hand.

Here are top and side views of the loaded-up tote.

For today’s appointment, where we’ll be setting up a home office, I took out the sample Action Box and put in an empty desktop file box and filled it with my label maker and accessories, along with a few filing supplies and catalogs.

I love it!

There’s a flat center panel on one side of the tote, which is the area that would be personalized. I’m not a big personalization person, so mine’s blank. What’s great about that flat panel is that if I carry the bag on my shoulder, it lies flat against my side.

The bag itself is light weight, so even loaded up it doesn’t weigh a whole lot. I give it a thumbs up!

Jessica has a fun Facebook group in which she does giveaways and so forth. You might wan to join.

Here’s the giveaway part!

Jessica has offered a $25 gift certificate toward any Thirty-One product to one lucky reader of my blog. ($25 is what the Organizing Utility Tote costs!)

To enter, simply make a comment on this blog post. You can also receive additional entries by tweeting about the giveaway. Be sure and use @janinea in the tweet, so that I will see it. The contest ends at noon, central time, on Saturday, August 6. The winner will be notified on Sunday, August 7 and I’ll announce the winner here on the blog on August 8.

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Time to spring clean as I procrastinated and didn’t do yet.

Misfit Aug 1, 08:32 AM

I love 31 gifts… i purchased the picnic cooler and love it. it has been great for sporting events.

sarah Aug 1, 10:46 AM

I love finding a new source for organizational materials. Thank you for sharing these!

Zoann Murphy Aug 1, 11:30 AM

Much better looking than the tool bag I carry, which is utilitarian but not very attractive. This looks like a great alternative!

Marcie Lovett Aug 1, 12:14 PM

Awesome! Will you enter me in your giveaway?

Amy Aug 1, 12:48 PM

I like it!

Sarah Aug 1, 03:41 PM

Thanks for your comments, folks! You’ll all be entered in the giveaway. Please tell your friends about it!

Janine Adams Aug 1, 07:12 PM

I love Thirty-One! Thanks for the giveaway!
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Rachel B. Aug 1, 10:32 PM

I love that tote! I have heard good things about Thirty-one products and would be excited to win one! thanks for the giveaway!!

Vickie Sheridan Aug 3, 11:50 AM

What a great looking tote and a great price too! I only have one Thirty-One item and love it. Jessica and Janine – thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Terry Capehart Aug 4, 11:33 AM

Wow! That is a great organizer! That would definitely be an improvement over what I currently take to client’s homes. Thanks for the tip!!!

Julie Hough Aug 4, 05:36 PM

I too love Thirty-One products and have many of them including the Organizing Utility Tote. They are so versatile and have so many fun patterns to match your personality. Great post Janine and thanks Jessica for the opportunity to win a gift card to add another Thirty-One product to my collection!

Sally Morgan Aug 4, 05:59 PM

I love the tote!
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Rita Aug 5, 10:59 AM

I just got invited to my first party. I’m so glad you did a review and love seeing it in use by someone who organizes. I was looking at several of the totes as one of my purchases. Thanks for the chance to win Jessica and Janine. I always enjoy your blog. Have a great weekend! Dottie

Dottie Aug 5, 02:10 PM

I have to admit, I don’t collect much. But I do collect bags. I love a great bag and I really do use them all. I could stand in a retail store for hours just looking at bags —- so I must say that this website is very dangerous for me. :-) I am looking forward to picking out my very favorite. Thanks, Janine!

Tiffany Engler Aug 5, 11:08 PM

This could be just what I need to travel between my home office and my official cubicle!

Linda Leonard Aug 9, 10:56 AM

I like this post.Thanks for sharing

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Janine Adams

Hello! I’m Janine Adams — a certified professional organizer based in St. Louis, and the creator of Peace of Mind Organizing®.

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