Let’s check out some canvas totes

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These vary in size—from weekender to handbag dimensions—but they’re all super-cute, starting with this monogrammable one.

The cable knit print here is both clever and chic.

This has a tomboyish vibe I dig, and I’m a fan of the contrasting strap too.

How bright and fun is this one from Clare Vivier?

Here’s one with smaller dimensions that is a perfect anti-status bag.

You can’t beat L.L. Bean’s Boat & Tote on several fronts: it’s well-priced, it comes in a few good colors, and you can specify specifics like strap length.

A tote just big enough for a laptop.

I really love Fjallraven’s convertible tote/backpack: it’s versatile as you please and ideal for travel.

This Dagne Dover bag is well-made and lousy with pockets. (Just fyi, it also comes in black.)

A super-big washed canvas tote that’d be a great weekender.

If you’re looking for something on the polished side, you could do worse than this Filson number.

And finally: a wee little bag for just the essentials that’s just adorable.

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    Judes
    9 May 2022
    11:57am

    I would love ideas for storing bags. Maybe this is a no-brainer and I’m missing something, but I have a bunch of bags all piled together on a shelf. Does anyone have a good, organized system?

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      Kim France
      9 May 2022
      12:21pm

      It’s not a perfect system, but I use sturdy hangers—like you get when you buy a coat—and hang four or five bags from each one. They take up more room than I wish they did in my closet, but I can always locate what I’m searching for.

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        Elisabeth
        9 May 2022
        3:57pm

        Oh, I do that, too! It keeps the handles from “wrinkling”, and I’m lucky enough to have a spare closet.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      9 May 2022
      12:46pm

      I have a large hook that I hang them on inside of my utility closet. Or I throw a bunch in the back of my car so they’re always on the ready at the grocery store (we have to drive to the store).

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      cw
      9 May 2022
      3:19pm

      I roll my canvas bags tucking the straps into the bags before I roll them then I stick the rolled bags inside a bag and that is stored on the floor of my coat closet. Reusable grocery bags (like the ones you purchase at Whole Foods or Trader Joes) are folded and left in the back of my car. It isn’t a perfect system, but it works well enough.

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      Lesley W
      9 May 2022
      11:10pm

      For my every day backpacks and totes, I hung a bunch of S hooks in the front hall closet. Easy to see what I need. One hook can hold multiple thin- or one thick strap bag.

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    liz
    9 May 2022
    12:37pm

    The fjallraven bag is the best and has gotten me thru the pandemic. Thanks for your rec 2 year ago.

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      Ashley
      10 May 2022
      8:55am

      How have I never seen that perfect Fjallraven bag before? Just ordered!

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      Elisabeth
      9 May 2022
      3:58pm

      I am always hankering for this bag. It can’t be used as a crossbody, though, can it?

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    cw
    9 May 2022
    3:21pm

    I love that Everlane lantern bag and the Madewell tote is particularly appealing.

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    themis
    9 May 2022
    11:37am

    I have the Fjallraven converti-pack thing. I got it for a trip to Thailand, because sometimes you have to hop on a scooter to get places, and my only regret is I haven’t employed it similarly since then on the little islands in the Ionian Sea, or around Paris and Milan, or in Bali. Stupid pandemic! (shakes fist)

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    Elisabeth
    9 May 2022
    4:01pm

    That Clare V. is so, so covetable! If I weren’t crossbody ride-or-die, I’d be seriously tempted.

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    Caryn
    9 May 2022
    4:52pm

    You had me at “perfect anti-status bag”. Immediately ordered it in the toasted coconut.

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