Taking your family to the beach? You're probably lugging around a lot more than you need. Barbara Reich, professional organizer and author of "Secrets of an Organized Mom," shares how to put together the perfect beach bag for some fun in the sun.
- Choose the right bag. Look for a bag that has long straps, is lightweight and, most importantly, water-resistant. "The best bags have pockets on the outside and the inside, so that you can stick things in in a pinch and pull them out easily," Barbara says.
- Leave the heavy stuff behind. Barbara's philosophy is "carry only what you need." It might be a habit to bring along your entire purse, but there's no need. "Eliminate your wallet... Bring cash, a credit card, and identification."
- Repurpose cosmetic bags. Place smaller items such as sunscreen, keys, and phones in cosmetic bags for easy access. "Not only do they contain your things, but they also prevent your cellphone from getting wet or sandy."