While I'm finding myself struggling to shed the extra pounds and find the time to crack open my book, I have actually managed to take a few steps that have helped in making life less cluttered and more organized. Small baskets in the kitchen to contain the errant cords, extra bins in the play room to hold various toys, and generous use of my label maker in hopes of everything making it back where it belongs.
But one area that continued to bother me was my portable home, i.e. my van. Why does it seem like no matter what I take out of there, there are always various items rolling around?
Fortunately, I was introduced to the company who knows all about making every aspect of life more functional, stylish and organized: Thirty-One Gifts.
Celebrating 10 years of helping women by giving them an opportunity to own their own business, Thirty-One was formed to allow their customers to treat themselves and those around them to something special.
Offering everything from purses to totes to stationary to accessory bags (and just about everything in between), Thirty-One has the colors, designs and patterns to fit every personality... and can personalize them as well!
While the new Thirty-One Spring Catalog showed an endless number of storage solutions that would fit the various needs in my life (wallets! Thermals! Utility bins! Room organizers!) when a Large Utility Tote with a Top-A-Tote arrived, I knew that it would be just the thing to get my mobile mess in order.
Measuring in at 11.75"H x 21.5"W x 10"D, the Large Utility Tote easily collapses for storage yet unfolds (and stays open) so that filling it up is no problem. Paired with the 2"H x 22"W x 10.5"D removable, see-through Top-A-Tote, the result is a way to keep all of your items safely stowed whether at home or on-the-go.
Right away I was impressed with the clean, modern look of the Spirit Black Tote and Black Top-A-Tote, and having our last name embroidered right on the side was just the right finishing touch.
The straps to the Tote slid right into the Top and, after admiring the overall look yet again, I couldn't wait to head out to my car to get it organized.
Sure enough, I opened the back of my van and could only shake my head at the random assortment of large and small items that were aimlessly rolling around (you know you live in the Midwest when you carry a shovel in your car, just in case. You also know that you're a mom when you have a first aid kit and portable potty in your car, also just in case).
Whether for the car, my kids or just to have on hand, I sorted through my random collection of items throughout the van and found that I was able to condense nearly all of it right into my Large Utility Tote.
I love the sheer amount that I was able to fit inside and how I'll now be able to have it all in one place instead of falling and spilling everywhere when I turn a corner.
Best of all, there are a million more uses for the Large Utility Tote!
I can easily pull out the current contents and replace them with sports equipment, tailgating necessities, camping items, tools, school supplies and much more. The Top-A-Tote pulls off quickly, yet it hooks securely to the corners... combined with the clear window that allows me to see right in and there isn't much more that I could ask for!
The quality of the Large Utility Tote and Top-A-Tote has proven excellent and I have no doubt that we will be reaching for this pair for years to come!
Along with the impeccable quality and HUGE array of options from Thirty-One, I appreciate that they are affordable as well.
Organize your home with the Keep-It Caddy for $22, double your stylish look with the Inside-Out Bag for $40 or get your life in order with your own Large Utility Tote for $35 (the Top-A-Tote is sold separately for $10).
For more information about all of the fantastic options from Thirty-One Gifts, to learn how to become a party hostess and receive rewards, or to place an order, visit consultant Jamie's Thirty-One site. You can also join her Facebook Group, Jamie's Jam Packed Deals & Steals, to hear about sales, specials, be entered for monthly drawings and more!
And, thanks to Jamie's generosity, one person will soon be able to move into 2013 with an adorable way to get organized, because...
One lucky person will win a Mini Utility Bin in Patchwork Paisley!
A big thank you to Jamie for providing a Large Utility Tote and Top-A-Tote for me to review as well as a Mini Utility Tote for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.