Friday, February 17, 2012

Teacher Bag Linky Party!

If you've never been over to Clutter-Free Classroom you're missing out on an awesome site for organization in the classroom.  In a perfect world I'd be organized in all areas of teaching, but that's not quite the case.  It's a great site for those of us who occasionally need some motivation and inspiration to get organized! 

Anyway, they're hosting a "Let's See Your Teacher Bag" linky party and I thought this would be a fun one of join in on.

I'm pretty much addicted to tote bags.  I have wayyyyy too many even after selling some in my garage sale last summer.  I rotated out some of my teacher bags, but I've finally found a winner that is here to stay.  

I bought this bag last summer from Thirty-One.  This bag was on special that month, so I decided, "What the heck, I'll buy ANOTHER bag!"  I loved this pattern with the pink and decided to add a fun little lime green C to make it unique for me.  

I must say, this is my favorite school bag in my collection.  I've stuck with it all year long.  It's structured and sturdy and the pockets on the outside are perfect for sticking my computer mouse, pens, notepads, cans of pop, or anything else I need to shove in there as I'm running out the door.

One of my amazing paras sells Thirty-One so I had a party with her last fall.  I bought this super cute lunch tote that is also pretty awesome.  My district started charging teachers for fridges and microwaves a few years ago, so I decided to be cheap and sell mine.  The thermal tote keeps everything super cold all morning without having to go in the fridge!  (You can see I also have my little pink Pocket Bac from Bath & Body Works...  I'm more than addicted to those little things!)

So, what's in my bag?

I'll spare you the picks of some of the papers waiting to be graded / recorded / entered into the computer over my long weekend and just show you a couple things that are always with my bag.  

On the left is my PINK laptop sleeve from Victoria's Secret's PINK collection.  I'm pretty sure it was $5 on one of their promos right around the time school started last year.  It's perfect for my school laptop and stretchy enough for me to put the power cord in there as well.  (Is it weird that I have the coordinating tank top?  Yes, my tank and laptop sleeve match.  I'm just that awesome!)  I have another super cute pink polka dot laptop case from VS PINK, but I usually only carry that when I just need my laptop and I don't carry my entire tote with me.

On the right is my little file organizer from the Target dollar section.  It's all pink, but it's got a little zebra print to it making it kinda fun.  It's good for random papers that I don't want getting mixed up with my student work.  It's great for when I go to meetings and need to stay organized on the go.  

Do you see my little Justin Bieber notepad there?  Yes.  Another thing that makes me totally awesome.  Funny story...  I was at the state assessment conference with my old principal last fall and somehow mentioned to her that I liked Justin Bieber (not in a creepy way, of course).  A few days later I got an inter-school mail envelope from her (she work in admin now) with this little notepad!  LOL  She wrote a note "from Justin" to me and put it in there.  It's actually stayed with my bag ever since and has come in handy quite a few times.  I get some funny looks / comments about my Justin Bieber notepad, but I like it and it's useful!  :)

So, what does your teacher bag look like?  Link up and show us what you've got!


  1. Your bag seems really organized!


    1. That's one of the best things about this Thirty-One bag... All of those outside pockets keep control of the clutter that has ended up inside my bag!

  2. Thanks for linking up. We're lunch bag twins!

    ❤Jodi from...
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

    1. I saw that! :) So many of our teachers have these Thirty-One lunch totes I had to pick out a pattern that nobody else (or my roommate) had! I actually have two other bags in that black and white pattern!

  3. You are really organized! I love it and I have the same lunch tote as you and Jody. We should all meet up for lunch one day with our bags to see what kind of looks we get for matching!

    Misty @
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  4. Hi there,
    Love your blog, the layout is so cute. So glad I found you. I'm blog hopping and getting lots of great ideas! Come pop in sometime I am a new blogger and would love your input. :o)
    ~ Vicky
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

    1. Thanks, Vicky! Your blog is adorable! :) Welcome to the world of blogging!

  5. Hehe...I got tickled by the Justin Bieber notepad :) I just purchased two Thirty One bags, as my bag finally died about a week ago. I was worried about my laptop, as there is no padding. How padded is your laptop sleeve? It is the school's computer, so I need to be safe! Thanks for any suggestions.

    Two Fulbright Hugs
    Teacher Timesavers

    1. My laptop sleeve isn't super padded, but I feel like it keeps my laptop pretty safe and secure. I have a very similar sleeve from Wal-Mart in a cute pink and red damask pattern. For mostly just toting things to and from my car, it's just perfect. I hope you enjoy your new Thrity-One bags! I love their stuff!

  6. I have a 31 bag too and just gave it a make over. :) Yours are great.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan


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