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You can often make a pretty good guess about when a work/school bag was manufactured, based on what technology it was designed to hold.
Does your bag have a pocket for a portable CD-ROM player ("Discman")? An iPod pocket? A laptop sleeve, tablet sleeve, both? A zip-up case for wireless headphones?
None of the above, because none of those technologies had been invented yet?
Older bags can still be useful: those padded Discman pockets are just right to prevent a sandwich from getting squished! :)
Ensure that every bag, regardless of its age, is meeting your or your child's current needs.
A site like ebags.com or backpacks.com can help you get a sense of your options and filter bags by your exact preferences: everything from whether the bag includes a water bottle pocket to if it can fit your 17" laptop.*
Can you find what you need in your bag, quickly and easily? Is your bag supporting you in staying organized?
If not, consider #donating the bag and re-evaluating what you actually carry.
I can help you think critically about both your possessions and options for transporting them.
[Your donated bag likely has the perfect number, size, and arrangement of compartments... for somebody else!]
*No endorsement of either site is implied.
Steven Cohen is the owner of Streamlined by Steven, a professional organizing company based in DC and Maryland.