I use a largeish cross body bag but am getting so frustrated with it as it's so deep I can never find anything! I don't use a separate bag for work as I like to know my purse etc is in the one place and I can just grab the bag and go. I like the cross body for when out with kids although I do find it pulls on my bad back a bit. It's just so deep and dark though that I can never find anything quickly! Even when I empty it out before long it's stuffed with child related things and then paperwork from work, letters etc as well as random bits if makeup, handcream etc.
I also use a changing bag for 1 year old but often find I'm lugging that around when all I really need is a drink, snack and spare nappy. I daren't be without it though just in case!
How do you organise your bags and keep them neat, tidy and organised?
Bags within bags I'm afraid. I love my cross body but it's just too unorganised.
Like you, I still like a nappy out with me "just in case" plus I end up with everything else. I have different coloured make up/toiletries bags to help. I've also sewn a loop into my bag to hook keys on.
So I have a - DS bag with nappy, disposable change mat, wipes and tube of cream. - Snack bag with snacks and a bottle of water (I bought a pack of those mini flavoured waters for DS - they don't leak and are smaller than any other bottles I've found) - my essentials bag - tissues, plasters, paracetamol, lipstick etc. - my purse I then have bought an A5 plastic folder for any paperwork that comes my way.
It doesn't lighten the load, but I then know I need the red bag for DS in the changing room. My essentials bag is black. Snack bag is spotty.
It also means that if DH is taking DS, I can lob the red bag and the spotty bag into a rucksack and he's good to go.
A few years ago someone showed me their "handbag organiser" - a white fabric cube with lots of pockets etc. she'd spent £40 on it! So I added it to the mental list of "things I won't shell out for and probably won't get around to making."
However last time I was in Primark I noticed they had them in there.
I think bags should have a light-coloured lining, not the ubiquitous black, or worse still a busy pattern - makes it so hard to see what's in there.