Everyone knows that durable canvas tote bags make everyday tasks, like picking up the groceries, easier but there is a wide array of uses for tote bags that you may not have thought of before. Here are six uses for your standard tote bag that can help keep your life organized with a bit of originality.

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Freshen Up Your Clothes

If you've ever taken a seldom worn article of clothing out of the closet, you may have noticed the musty smell that it acquired during its year(s) of not being used. Avoid this aroma by filling a reusable cotton tote with scented potpourri or essential oils and hanging it in the closet. It will keep your clothes smelling fresh between wears.

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DIY First Aid Kit

Parents of small children will likely agree that having a first aid kit nearby is practically a necessity. Between skinned knees, bug bites and sunburns, there's a lot that can go wrong on an outing with little ones. Fill a canvas bag with all the first aid essentials, like band aids, aloe, and allergy medicine, and store it in your car for road trips. Since everything is already confined to a tote bag, it's easy to take with you on a hike or to the beach too.

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    Store Arts & Crafts

    Use multiple tote bags to organize and store your every-growing collection of art supplies. Label the bags as a DIY art project so you can easily find what you're looking for without searching through the bags. If you plan to store the bags on a shelf, gusseted canvas tote bags make it simple by reinforcing the bottom of the bag and making it easier for them to stand upright.


    Use As Laundry Bags When Traveling 

    Nobody wants dirty laundry and shoes mingling with clean clothes in their suitcase. Bring several empty tote bags or these durable cotton laundry bags along for the trip and use them to hold already worn clothing as well as keep your shoes (and all the germs and dirt that they've picked up along the way) separate from the rest of your belongings.

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      Make Oversized Christmas Stockings

      Traditional Christmas stockings limit the size of the goodies that you can stuff inside of them. Upgrade to an over-sized Christmas tote bag to take the holidays to the next level. As if bigger and better gifts aren't exciting enough, you can also have fun by decorating these holiday tote bags as a family. Get out the glitter, paint and other crafts to really personalize the bags.

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        Plant Tomatoes & Flowers

        Cotton and canvas tote bags can be used as hanging planters for a variety of garden ideas. Fill the bag with dirt and cut a slit in the bottom of the bag to insert the plant by the roots. Hang the bag in a sunny location using sturdy hooks (it can get heavy) and be sure to water it regularly. Before long, you'll have a functional, affordable addition to your garden.


          As you can see, tote bags truly are a multi-functional item and there's much more to them than meets the eye. We hope these ideas will inspire you to find new uses for your tote bags too! 

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          Written by Bagz Depot — June 20, 2018

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