Put your random bag collection to work by creating "activity totes"
Over the years, I've amassed a sizeable collection of freebie shopping bags, canvas tote bags, and conference swag bags. Until recently, all they did were clutter my hallway closet and overwhelm the knobs on my guest room door.
My recent road trip inspired me to put these random bags to good use. I have turned them into single-use containers for stuff I either a) misplace regularly, and/or b) need to grab for a trip out the door.
Portable DVD player tote: I have two portable DVD players for long road trips. I store the players and all of their assorted chargers, cables, and headphones in a drawstring tote. Come road trip time, I grab the tote and relish the 20 minutes I no longer use to turn the house upside-down looking for the components.
Swim/beach tote: This one contains goggles, sunscreen, cheap sunglasses, cheap flip flops, travel-sized shampoo and conditioner, a comb, two beach towels, and five bucks for ice cream.
Library tote: library books (checked-out or to return) and my library card.
Return/exchange tote: Stuff (and associated receipts) I need to keep with me in case I drive by a store at which I need to return or exchange something.
Give away tote: Stuff to donate. I save the low-quality totes (and paper shopping bags) for this purpose so I can give away the tote and its contents.
Any more ideas for "activity totes?" I know I've barely scratched the surface.