One of the most challenging aspects of being a professional organizer is knowing exactly what materials and supplies you need for a job. Since you never really know, it’s best to be prepared for many situations. So what goes in a professional organizer’s workbag? And what bags do you use? We’re here to help!

What's in a professional organizer's workbag? All sorts of organizing supplies!
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A Professional Organizer’s Workbag

Before getting any supplies, you’re going to need a place to keep them all. Aim for a nice, sturdy, structured bag or two. You may already have a few bags around your home that fit the bill!

Personally, I have two bags. One is smaller, but nicer looking and that’s what I bring to consultations with just a few items inside (similar to this bag). The other is larger and more utilitarian — like this bag pictured here — and it gets packed with the many random items I may or may not need.

When grabbing a bag, aim for something professional and on-brand. Yes, Hawaiian patterned bags are pretty, but you’ve got a job to do!

Stocking Your Professional Organizer’s Workbag

To make the supplies easier to manage, we have them grouped by their purpose. Many items can serve multiple purposes, but this is a good guideline.

Consultation Supplies

When you’re heading off to a consultation, having a few basic supplies will help you be prepared and look professional. We recommend bringing:

Cleaning Supplies

No, you’re not a cleaner, but you don’t want to put items away in a dirty space. Your clients will appreciate you being thorough and thoughtful in their spaces. Plus, those after pictures will sparkle when they’re dust-free.

At a minimum, we recommend stocking your bag with:

  • Garbage bags
  • Spray cleaner & wipes or paper towels
  • Dustpan and brush (this Full Circle mini dustpan is compact and efficient)
  • Latex gloves

Labeling Supplies

If you’re an organizer, you know the benefits a label brings to a system. Labels are even more important when you’re working in someone else’s home. Here are some items that are helpful to have when labeling:

Related Post: 9 Best Ways to Label Anything & Everything

Personal Supplies

You’re an organizer, but you’re not a machine. Odds are during a job you’ll get hungry or injured. Being prepared is key. Make sure you have:

  • Neosporin or other first aid cream
  • Bandaids
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Small snacks such as nuts or a granola bar
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes
  • Asprin/Acetemetaphin
  • Bottle of water
  • Socks
  • Deodorant

Other Handy Items

Moving furniture, packing, unpacking, opening boxes, hanging things up… organizers do it all. Here are just a few things that help us get it done:

Tools & Hardware

While you may not be very comfortable or confident using tools, they’re good to have. Whether you’re trying to whack out a stubborn shelf that just won’t budge or putting a toy box together, having a simple set of tools is handy. Make sure you have:

  • Allen wrench
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Zip Ties
  • Assorted Hardware such as nails and screws

A simple tool set like this should cover most of your bases, plus it includes a box cutter and measuring tape!

Handy Supplies OUTSIDE an Organizer’s Workbag

Unfortunately, not every item will fit inside your bag. These items are worth their literal weight as you carry yet another thing into the home you’re working in:

Related Post: What’s In My Organization Bag by Sparx Organizing

So, What’s in Your Workbag?

Organizers have some hard-working bags! If we missed something essential or you found this helpful, we’d love if you would leave a comment below and let us know!

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