Pick up ONE item at
a time and decide if it is worth keeping.
In order to accomplish this,
ask yourself appropriate questions (Is this trash that I left in my bag?
Does this item belong somewhere else? Do I use this item enough for it
to live in my briefcase?).
As you make decisions, put the item in the corresponding pile, bag or box - Keep, Distribute, Recycle, Trash.
Throw away the garbage and distribute the items that belong elsewhere.
This is my empty work tote bag!
Now that you have gotten rid of all the unnecessary things, the
focus is on what's left. The next step to organize your briefcase is to divide up what remains into categories - like
goes with like.
work-related tools (i.e. tape measure)
your business cards
pens, note pad & other office supplies
lip gloss, lotion & other beauty products
laptop & other electronic devices or accessories
purse-related items like wallet, phone & keys
As you can see in the photo above, the items in my work bag are
categorized. Starting from the right, there is the labeler with its
accessories in a clear bag behind it, my collection of post-its in a
clear bag, my tape measure, assorted office supplies in a cloth zipper
bag, my business cards in a clear bag, a clipboard for taking notes and
underneath is a binder where I keep client information organized in
This is what my work bag looks like when everything is in it. As you
can see, I utilize the bag's built-in pockets as well as the tips
outlined on this page. Thus, I can see everything and get to everything.
First, make sure you are using an appropriate bag or case for carrying your work items around. Consider things like...
The size of the bag - Is it large enough to hold everything you need? Is it too big for you to manage?
How the bag is held
- Do you prefer a cross-shoulder strap? A backpack? What about
something handheld that also has a shoulder strap? What about something
The look of the bag - Does it reflect your professional side? What is it made out of? Is the bag ripped, stained or look overused?
Store small items in clear bags like office supplies, electronic accessories and beauty items. This way you can easily identify the contents of each bag, and this also prevents these small things from falling into the "black hole" of the briefcase.
If you use your work bag also as your purse, then organize all those "purse" things with a purse organizer or handbag organizer. A handy product like this will keep your keys, phone, wallet, etc. within reach. Check out these purse organizers!
It's one thing to organize your briefcase, but it's quite another to keep it organized. Get into the habit of ridding your work bag of the day's trash
and/or items that need to get distributed elsewhere on a daily basis.
Once a month or so, clean out your briefcase completely. Take
everything out, pitch the trash, put items back in their proper pouches
and so on.
7 Helpful Work Bags & Briefcase Organizing Products
Here are even more useful items that will help you organize your work tote bags. Enjoy!
Business Card Cases You should always have some of your own business cards with you, so why not keep them in a snazzy case? Check these out!
Laptop Sleeves If
your bag doesn't have a padded pocket for your laptop or tablet,
protect your electronic device with a laptop sleeve. Here are some great
This thing is fantastic! It keeps cords and other little things from getting lost in your bag. Click on it to see it in action.