Thursday, November 4, 2010

Feeling like Thirty-One

My friend, Donna, introduced me to a company called Thirty-One.  They have a variety of products designed to make our lives and our homes more functional, organized, and beautiful - all at the same time.

Oh, the name?  The company's mission statement is based on the 31st chapter of Proverbs in The Bible.  This chapter describes a godly woman providing for her family and taking care of them with purpose and grace.  The Thirty-One motto is "Products with purpose - opportunity for a lifetime". 

Donna gave me one of the products to "test drive" in my home.  I had a great time experimenting with the Square Utility Tote.

It would make a great library tote.  I loaded it down with some of my largest books and it handled them like a champ.  The two sturdy straps can handle much more weight than I could possibly carry.  The top rim is sturdy metal so it keeps the sides from folding over.  Clever!

I made a simple tag for the handle and used it in my guest room closet.  It held a set of sheets and towels well and looks much cuter than the plastic bin I was using. 

Next stop, bathroom.  I love seeing a cheerful container in my cabinet when I get ready in the morning.  The Square Utility Tote held my blow dryer, curling iron, and flat iron with plenty of room left over.  I could have fit 3 of each appliance in there with no trouble.  The material is sturdy and you can wipe it down with a damp cloth so there's no worry about getting any hair product on it.  It's very easy to clean.

At 9 inches tall, the tote slides nicely under a bed.  In a child's room this would be great for legos, blocks, and other small toys that need to be corralled.  Children are more apt to clean up their toys when they are easy to put away.

In my coat closet, I loaded it up with gloves, hats, and scarves.  You can see my old, ugly (but practical) bin on the shelf below.  At 12 1/2 square, the tote holds a lot!  I'm in love with the cheerful plaid - this pattern is called St. Andrews Tartan. 

Now, for the laundry room.  How great would this tote be to carry dry cleaning to the cleaners!?  Classy!  Because the tote is collapsible, it doesn't take up much room when being stored.

Lastly, I tried it out in the trunk of my car.  I filled it with my picnic blanket and first aide kit.  It's great for corralling items that would likely slide around in this cargo space.  As you can see, I still have enough room to add my cloth grocery bags to use when shopping.  And it's cute too!  Also, the material is Thirty One also carries a Large Utility Tote for those of you with larger families and more stuff. 

If you're interested in finding out more about these great products, here's Donna's contact info:

thirty-one consultant Donna Gelardos
(757) 482-2012

**I was not compensated for my review of this product.  I was interested in the products and Donna kindly let me borrow her tote to check it out.  If I found something I didn't like about the product, I would have told you.  Just lettin' ya know!


  1. I LOVE THAT. Seriously, I'd get 10 of them if I could afford it.

  2. Well I would never have thought of that many uses for one of those totes! You are awesome and the tote is pretty cool too! I'm hoping over there right now!

    Sheri O.
    p.s. They are too pretty to stuff away in my coat closet - even if it is all cleaned out!!

  3. Cute tote! I can think of a million ways to use them, the pattern is awesome!


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