Poolside Organization

One of the things I am most excited about, in our new house, is our pool!!!

Poolside organization - Ask Anna

I can’t wait to have a pool because I know we will live in it on these hot summer days (it was 115 yesterday!).  I still need to stock up on pool toys, and other pool stuff, but for now I have all the essentials ready for our first swimming guests.

Poolside organization - Ask Anna

The two things you need the most, when having people over to swim, are towels and snacks! Excited for our first swimming get-togethers I went out and got stocked up on both. I used my set of Lands’ End canvas totes to organize the snacks, and the laundry hamper makes the perfect place to toss wet towels when we are done with them.

Poolside organization - Ask Anna

Poolside organization - Ask Anna

I stocked up on white towels for the pool because they are easy to keep clean and you don’t have to worry about them fading in the sun.

Poolside organization - Ask Anna

Don’t you just love this swing? It’s one of my other favorite things about our new backyard. I see myself spending hours sitting here, swinging and talking to friends while we watch our kids swim and play.

Poolside organization - Ask Anna

We also do a lot of swimming on the go, such as swim lessons, trips to the water park, swimming at grandma’s, etc. For my on the go swim bag I used the small Lands’ End canvas tote and packed with all our swimming essentials.

Lands' End canvas storage totes - Ask Anna

Lands' End canvas storage totes - Ask Anna

Lands' End canvas storage totes - Ask Anna

Lands' End canvas storage totes - Ask Anna

Now the question is how would you use these amazing set of canvas totes from Lands’ End?

Poolside organization - Ask Anna

One lucky reader is going to win their own set to organize in their own home! Fill out the form below to enter to win. {Email readers click HERE to enter to win}. Good luck!!!

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"Hi I'm Anna! Welcome to Ask Anna where I love to answer your household questions! I have always loved to clean, organize and decorate and this blog is a fun way for me to help you love it too! I am a busy mom of a beautiful little girl and I'm married to the love of my life. Together we fill our days with projects , laughter and love. I serve an incredible God and overall I'd say I'm truly blessed!"

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  1. Shawn B! says:

    Definitely natural & navy

  2. I would go with the natural/true navy set! And with twin toddlers, they would all be put to go use!!

  3. Karissa says:

    Either natural/natural or natural/navy.

  4. Jessica says:


  5. I would love the natural ones :) I’m in love with these!!!

  6. Rachel H. says:

    who doesn’t love Lands End?! Thanks for doing such a great give-away! Here’s hoping…

  7. Vivian L says:

    I would love to have these in natural with pink trim…….we have 4 grand daughters, and could use them for all their things! Love these

  8. Chelsea D says:

    I love the curry yellow color and I love the totes. Such a great giveaway!

  9. Red!

  10. Kali widget says:

    Beautiful bags. I would use them everyday.

  11. I’m a bit of a beach bum, as is my mother. I would try to share (try being the operative word 😉 ) with her. Like mother, like daughter- Our favorite color is blue!

  12. Love the NAVY!! :-) Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. With 4 sons, these would really come in handy!

  14. With 4 sons, these would really come in handy! I love the Natural/Rich Red!

  15. Ronnette says:

    great contest…never thought to use my bag that way. would love to win these so I could organize oh so many things

  16. Katherine says:

    white with Dk chocolate

  17. Kathryn says:

    If I won the Lands End bags, I would choose the chocolate color! It is different than the usual navy, but still neutral for any activity!

  18. Melissa S says:

    What great organizers! I would love the natural and dark chocolate! Dark chocolate for organizing too, brilliant!

  19. Jessica Habel says:

    What a great idea for organizing poolside! I love these totes, especially the colors! Great job Anna!

  20. jennifer says:

    I would choose natural/navy. Those are so nice!

  21. I would choose the natural/navy!

  22. Katie Kimsey says:

    I love the natural/curry lemon!

  23. Alana Topper says:

    Having a house full of boys the natural and navy would be perfect for us.

    EEK!! What a great giveaway. Fingers crossed.

  24. These totes look great. We have a pool pass for the first time this year and need something like this. So far I’ve been making our diaper bag work but I like the idea of a designated pool bag.

  25. I would choose the dark spruce color.

  26. colleen says:

    I would love the navy- crisp and clean!

  27. I would choose the curry lemon!

  28. Kimberly G. says:

    I would love the natural/true navy! Or the natural/brown. Or red. I can’t make up my mind!

  29. Diana L says:

    True Navy works for me!

  30. I like natural and true navy. That way they would match the two Lands’ End totes that I already own.

  31. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh I love the Natural Rich Red!

  32. Heather says:

    I like the Natural and True Navy.

  33. Cindy Bechinski says:

    I would love the natural/true navy.

  34. I love the natural with sruce

  35. Joyce Davis says:

    Navy and Natural, please

  36. Could definitely use these for the family beach trip next month!!

  37. Christa says:

    I would love to win these! And I love your blog!!!

  38. I would love the set in natural/dark chocolate! It would go with everything and look dirty even after lots of use.

  39. I would choose spruce/natural for my color and would use them to store toys neatly for when my grandchildren visit:
    Dress-up clothes in the hamper, Books, Blocks/Legos, BabyDolls with accessories in separate monogrammed totes. Easy to access for play and easy to put away and look tidy in between visits.

  40. sarah o says:

    you know? I like your navy bags, but the rich red if fabulous also!

  41. I love the natural/fresh pink

  42. Gina Zahra says:

    do you allow Canadians to enter? I would find soooo many uses for the totes 😀

  43. Navy set would be great,

  44. I love the classic navy trimmed bags like yours. I’ve always had a thing for those Lands End totes!

  45. I would definitely choose the navy – I love the classic look!

  46. The natural and navy are so classic. Wish I lived nearby, I’d help you make sure the pool got lots of use this summer! Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize.

  47. Casey Scarlett says:

    Natural & Navy for sure!

  48. natural fresh pink!

  49. Natural with pink! My daughters would love these!

  50. I think the Natural/Natural is really sharp. :)

  51. Natural/navy

  52. Colleen Padgett says:

    Natural/Dark Chocolate, Earth tones are great for any room..

  53. I can’t decide between natural & rich red or natural & natural.

  54. Wendy Chalmers says:

    LOVE the chocolate lands end totes!

  55. Leigh Sobczyk says:

    I love the natural/red totes – they are super durable, and my hubs doesn’t look to silly while hauling them to the pool!

  56. I love the natural/dark chocolate.

  57. I’d pick natual in the tote color. Then I could later add color with fabric ribbon or fabric paints.

  58. I love red, so natural and red, naturally!

  59. What a generous give-a-way! I would love these by the pool but first to help organize/gather items for my daughter’s wedding.

  60. Rhoma Mills says:

    Congrats on the new pool…how exciting! Everything looks beautiful! I love the natural/dark chocolate Lands End totes, but I’d be thrilled with ANY! :)

  61. What a generous give-a-way! I would love these by the pool but first to help organize/gather items for my daughter’s wedding.
    My choice would be the natural/dark chocolate option!

  62. Holly Cowart says:

    I am getting married next month and I would choose the navy or the yellow and I would use them to organize our new home together!

  63. Sandy Roycraft says:

    Natural and navy all the way! These totes would be perfect for OUR pool area, too!

  64. Georgia Rafferty says:

    Love this Anna!! Great giveaway! :)

  65. Annette Osborne says:

    Umm, love the totes, super cute. So excited for your new home, can’t wait to see you tomorrow and catch up!

  66. Upasana says:

    Natural -natural or natural navy :)

  67. Oh these are wonderful! I’d use one for pool things for sure. One for the library. One in the car for the essentials of Mom’s taxi–an extra towel, some snacks, wet wipes, tissues, a few dollars, etc. I like the Natural/True Navy.

  68. Just like most people.. I really would like the navy/natural.

  69. Angie Holzer says:

    These are so cute and practical!!! I would choose the chocolate brown.

  70. Lori Saros says:

    Love these totes…. would have NO PROBLEM filling them!!

  71. Lori Saros says:

    Think I’d go with the Natural/Natural!

  72. I really like the natural and true navy….so classic!

  73. Juliette says:

    I’d choose the natural and true navy or natural and curry lemon!

  74. Heather Haugen says:

    I love the natural/dark chocolate canvas tote.

  75. Veronica A. says:

    I like the red ones. Or navy. Hard to decide!

  76. This is great!

  77. I love the natural/navy. How awesome are these?!

  78. Kassandra Redmond says:

    I love the one with the true navy! I’ve been looking for ways to organize, and that looks like such a nice way!

  79. Natural/Dark Chocolate

  80. Laurie H. says:

    Natural/Pink I think. These are so cute!

  81. I’m a traditional girl, so definitely natural and true navy!

  82. I have never thought of using canvas totes in this manner. Awesome!

  83. natural/navy or natural/spruce….I’ve got a big one that my mother in law gave me about 15yrs ago. i still use it and they are SO durable! We live in FL now, so they would be put to excellent use going to the beach as well as for organizing on the back porch with pool stuff!

  84. Kathie G says:

    Love the Navy trimmed bags!

  85. Laura H says:

    natural and navy

  86. I like the natural with navy. I love these! What a great way to stay organized and be ready to go without having to search for everything.

  87. I would choose the curry lemon :)

  88. liking the natural & curry lemon

  89. Kenna Rogers says:

    I love the Natural/Curry Lemon!

  90. the natural/chocolate would be great!!

  91. Melody Gartman says:

    Natural/curry lemon; so cheerful for poolside!

  92. Love these!!!

  93. Anne Haun says:

    Natural and navy!

  94. Taramarie says:

    My husband surprised us at Christmas time with a inground pool and I have been scratching my head at how to organize supplies, this would be PERFECT!!

  95. Taramarie says:

    Oops, rich red would be my choice!!

  96. Heather W says:

    Goodness, there are many things I could use them for: laundry, organization in trunk of car, organization by the front door.

  97. I’d love the natural/navy totes!

  98. Michelle says:

    I love the natural/navy!! Thanks for the chance

  99. I love the natural/dark chocolate ones. I love one for my kids books. The dark chocolate looks great with my home decor.

  100. i actually like the color you have because i want to keep it neutral so i can change up where i use them at

  101. Elizabeth says:

    Lovvve the natural/navy combo! We’re about to close on our first house so I’m consumed with planning room decor, etc. These may just be perfect!

  102. Kelly Methey says:

    After going back and forth on the colors I narrowed it down to the dark green or the navy. After lots of thought, I close the navy/ natural color. This is a terrific giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  103. I was just looking at these on landsend.com! Perfect for the kids room!

  104. I love Lands End! Rich Red would be my choice!

  105. Bethany Murphy says:

    I would totally choose the navy! Classic.

  106. Kimberly says:


  107. I would choose the natural with red

  108. Dori Gray says:

    Love all of them. Thanks for the chance to win!

  109. Omigoodness……I love that pool……and the balcony……and I’m so jealous.

  110. Heather says:

    I love all your great organizing ideas.

  111. Heather says:

    I love the curry lemon color

  112. Jennifer Williams says:

    I really like the natural and navy!

  113. Penny Wells says:

    My question is where can I get the swing!!! Please let me know. Thank you

  114. jules p says:

    i think i would chose the navy or the red!

  115. Deepika Ravikumar says:

    The Natural/Dark Spruce definitely!!!

  116. I would choose the natural/rich red color combo, but there are couple of others that I really like too. Tough decision!

    I thought it was cool to see Captivating in your bag! I read that 2 summers ago and loved it.

  117. I like the navy trim.

  118. Danya Ardis says:

    WOW I would take any color!!!!! I have the natural and navy trim and I’ve been using them as beach bags for about 20 years LOL They last forever love them

  119. Love this backyard. I have one of these bags and my daughter (colllege aged) has the smallest one. We love them. They are so versatile, and they still look as good as the day we got them – both gifts. Such great friends we have! :)

  120. I love the curry yellow!

  121. Ann Harris says:

    I love your posts. You have great ideas and looks I love! Thank you! I would go with the natural and NAVY! Nothing says classic and a little nautical than navy!

  122. Where can I purchase a swing like that?
    I love it!

  123. Tina Stryde says:

    I’d love them all!! Especially if I was able to win them !! Here’s wishin!

  124. Love these totes. I would love to win them. Please pick me!

  125. Please oh please! I love these.

  126. Colleen Perry says:

    I love the tidewater color option for the Lands End bags!!!!

  127. MelindaB says:

    either True Navy or the Chocolate Brown

  128. Lands End. Totes are even nicer than ever , the different sizes are great and helpful

  129. Cynthia T. says:

    I like the natural with the navy.

  130. Nancy Guyotte says:

    Love the bench,…and the bags!!!

  131. Oh can’t wait to see what you do in your new house, the pool is amazing!

  132. Nancy Guyotte says:

    Natural/natural for the totes. You could use the anywhere.

  133. Love your new pool! Great ideas for the totes!

  134. Brown or navy!

  135. Hey Anna! Glad to find you – I’ve kept up with a few posts in the past but this one confirmed I need to be following the great tips on your blog by subscribing. :)

    I wouldn’t be able to resist the natural/red set – I’m always drawn to red! Love Lands’ End – time to reincorporate into my life. :)

  136. Kellie Graves says:

    Love these totes! I am always trying to keep several different totes ready to go out the door for different activities and these are perfect.

  137. Michelle B says:

    So organized! I need to work on pool organization. I HEART Lands End!!

  138. Nanette says:

    Probably the natural and navy…hard to pick!

  139. Lindsay L says:

    I would say probably natural and navy.

  140. Natasha says:

    Rich Red! I have a zippered tote I was given as a baby shower gift. What smart thinking on my cousin’s part to give such a practical and wonderful gift. LOVE IT!

  141. Natural/Curry is the color I would chose! Thanks for the chance to win!

  142. Jacqui B says:

    I love the natural/Red combo!

  143. Navy would be my choice. These would come in handy for many projects.

  144. Natural and navy! I am in desperate need of some pool organization for our new pool too!

  145. Fabulous giveaway Anna!!

  146. Karen Schmitt says:

    Definitely the natural/navy. Love these bags, and LOVE your backyard!!

  147. I love the red

  148. Natural with true navy

  149. It’s hard to choose between the all natural and the chocolate. One could be bleached to be kept clean and the other wouldn’t show the dirt!

  150. Teresa Finley says:

    I could really usa these totes!

  151. Erin Baldwin-Osai says:

    I would have the Dark Spruce Canvas bag collection.

  152. I would love either color, both are great!

  153. red! so pretty and useful!

  154. Diane Nipper says:

    Navy & white is my choice….from Lands End

  155. Amy Winningham says:

    I love the natural/navy color!

  156. Brenda Ginnett says:

    Natural with dk spruce

  157. Hi Anna,
    Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!
    I would choose natural and would look forward to
    filling each one with a goal of fun, sporty organization!
    Thank you!

  158. Kathy Wilkerson says:

    i Love the navy bags! Actually I love navy blue in almost everything!

  159. with four kiddos, these would be so awesome. thanks for the chance…i would go with natural/natural…

  160. I love the natural colored totes! As a working mama who is also writing a dissertation and trying to keep up with home improvements projects I can think of a lot of uses for this awesome set. Dissertation notes, work tote, trips to the Farm Market, toy storage. The possibilities are endless!

  161. I love these totes! I’d pick the Natural/Curry Lemon color. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  162. Love your website! Natural/navy all the way.

  163. Cynabie says:

    Tough decision – 1st choice dark chocolate, 2nd all natural!

  164. I would choose the chocolate!

  165. Definitely natural and navy.

  166. Love this set and don’t care the color! :)

  167. Natural/dark chocolate

  168. I love the red!

  169. Kristy de Balinhard says:

    Love the large set of the brown Lands End Canvas set. Love your upcoming new home too!

  170. I would love the navy! So classy!

  171. I want to win win win!!

  172. Saundra McKenzie says:

    I like the natural/dark chocolate

  173. Rayna Rush says:

    I would love the curry lemon!!

  174. Natural and Navy. Love Lands’ End. Need more totes to organize my scrapbook and kids’s stuff! Thanks!

  175. I don’t have a pool anymore (and I don’t miss it) but I could sure use those totes! Can’t wait to see photos of the inside of your new home.

  176. phyllis henry says:

    Oh, if I had my choice I’d love navy blue!

  177. I would make our own swimming bag (since we don’t have a pool :( I would make a “Library” bag, and I LOVE the natural and tidewater color!

  178. Deb Masselink says:

    I would love chocolate!

  179. Trisha Noland says:

    I would choose natural/natural! Great giveaway!!

  180. Crystal says:

    I’d love to the red totes. They are versatile!! The possibilities are endless. My husband and I both agree that our next house has to have a pool. It’s way too hot here in Texas to not have one. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  181. I would love the natural/rich red. Thanks!

  182. Lorie Underwood says:

    I’m a basic blue and natural kind of a gal. You could never have enough of these.

  183. Christa Graham says:

    I would use a couple of these in my car! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  184. Christa Graham says:

    The yellow is very pretty!

  185. Anna Marie says:

    I am addicted to totes and love Lands End

  186. Love Land’s End totes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  187. Sarah Watkins says:

    Natural and True Navy!!!

  188. Christi Wilson: Founder, Girlfriends Coffee Hour says:

    I LOVE the Natural / True Navy. I have signed up for emails, and I already do follow you on FB!! :)

  189. Donna Robertson says:

    I think I would have trouble choosing between natural/rich red and natural/dark chocolate. Both of them make me smile. We are nearing retirement and just put a contract on a house with a pool. Can’t wait!

  190. I love the neutral/neutral look

  191. I would love the Natural & Dark Chocolate! So pretty!!

  192. Kristy de Balinhard says:

    I love the large brown Lands End Set. It would fit perfectly into my home.

  193. INEZ FOREMAN says:

    I love the color that you are using very stylist.

  194. natural/rich red would be my first choice! Love these!

  195. Great totes! I like the Natural/Dark Chocolate.

  196. natural and pink

  197. Bwagner says:

    I really like the natural and dark spruce!

  198. Jennie Fawbush says:

    I would just have to go with the natural and navy. It’s so nautical!!!

  199. Love the Natural/Rich Red!

  200. Mary S. says:

    Love your choice, the natural and true navy.

  201. Would love these by my pool! Great idea!

  202. I love l love love this, I think the dark chocolate is gorgeous. Hope I win. It’s my birthday today.

  203. I literally CANNOT decide – so I’d probably have to choose the all natural! All so cute!

  204. ellen willett says:

    Natural/True Navy

  205. My niece is getting married in September, and I’d love to give them as a wedding gift! While the natural color scheme is more versatile, I’d take the red — it’s more vibrant and fun. Thanks for the chance to win a quality gift!

  206. Natural/Dark Chocolate

  207. Natural/Curry Lemon, it’s very different and I just love the yellow. :)

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  208. I really love the Navy, but would be happy with any of them! :)

  209. natural/navy

  210. Either red or the natural/natural. Thanks!

  211. Organize the cabin in natural and navy!

  212. I would choose navy/natural for my color! Love Land’s End Totes!

  213. We have a girls home, and organization is always an ongoing process around here! Love the natural and navy look…

  214. Lovin’ the Rich Red!

  215. Wowza- totes to organize my chaotic life in navy blue!!! :)

  216. Faith Cox says:


  217. Jackie H says:

    Definitely Natural/True Navy!

  218. Jackie Holmes says:

    Definitely Natural/True Navy! Love this giveaway!

  219. I can’t decide between natural/true navy or natural/curry lemon. I love them both!

  220. I would pick either true navy or curry lemon. I love them both!

  221. Brandi Hudec says:

    Natural Rich Red!!

  222. Amanda A.. says:

    I love the rich red or even the curry yellow.

  223. Michele says:

    I love the lemon! Bright colors for the summer are the best! You are going to love having a pool. We had one for a summer and it was wonderful. !

  224. Anne Kilburg says:

    Kewl & awesome giveaway! These would be perfect for my college daughter for storage in her dorm during the school year but would aid in the packing process by having things “grab and go”. I think of the colors listed, she would like the Spruce!

  225. I always feel like I’m packing for a 7 day journey just to go to the pool with my little one for the afternoon – thanks for the great tips and those totes from Lands’ End are a dream come true!!!

  226. What a great way to organize! I would use them for all my kids’ art supplies – including a “car bag.”

  227. Oh, I would choose a classic color like the natural/true navy.

  228. Natural & navy are my “favey” 😉

  229. I’d *love* the ever-classic True Navy, please! :)

  230. jennifer hollingshead says:

    I would choose the natural/navy…classic color combination that would never go out of style

  231. I would want the natural/natural, that way I could use them almost any and every where in my house and not have to worry about the color scheme.

  232. Kristy de Balinhard says:

    I’m hoping to win the large Brown Lands End CanvasTote Set. They are beautiful and would look lovely in our home. Good luck everybody!

  233. Natural & Navy

  234. Navy, for sure!

  235. Rita Swisher says:

    Natural and Navy!! Love the organization ideas.

  236. stephanie says:

    I would pick the navy canvas…#classic

  237. Sara Zalesny says:

    I would LOVE the natural/chocolate set! These are amazing!

  238. What a great giveaway! I miss my Land’s End bag and would love to win this set. My old bag was Natural/navy which I still really like. But I also really like the natural/natural look.

  239. Heather says:

    I’m pretty much in love with the pink set :)

  240. Andrea H. says:

    I would choose the natural/natural. Thanks for the giveaway.

  241. Karen Linnartz says:

    I really like the Curry lemon or Navy blue. I love these bags.

  242. Mekka M says:

    This is JUST what I need right now, and I LoVE canvas!!

  243. Lory K. says:

    I’d choose the rich red!!

  244. Rebecca G says:

    Natural/Rich Red

  245. I love the Curry Lemon!

  246. Carrying 1) music books, 2) produce from the garden and 3) laundry.

  247. I would choose Rich Red.

  248. Mary Kay says:

    so many uses for these .. hope I win them!

  249. Latisha M. says:

    I would choose Fresh Pink! I love how bright and fun this color is on the canvas bag. I think this pop of color makes the already cute bag look even better!

  250. Crystal says:

    I love the natural/natural

  251. Bridget Goodner Boone says:

    I am torn between Navy and Red, because I love them. Although the brown would look so great with my laundry room and my patio/pool decor. Decisions….decisions!

  252. would love, love, love these totes to help organize my life!

  253. Cheryl WB says:

    Redoing teenage daughter’s bedroom and get her organized. This set in Curry Lemon would be useful in many ways from laundry, art supplies, school stuff, closet items, etc. My minds racing with possibilities :)

  254. I would choose the Navy!

  255. I LOVE bags. I think I would use these in my car to organize road trips.

  256. Michele says:

    Love the natural/dark chocolate and natural/true navy

  257. Natural and Rich Red

  258. Love Lands End and love these totes. Like the natural with purple trim, but would love any.

  259. Love the Natural & Navy and Natural & Pink (my daughter has this and these totes are AMAZING!)

  260. Kristy de Balinhard says:

    I just love the large Brown Lands End Tote Set! They would match perfectly with my decor!

  261. Christy says:

    I l ove lands end they are so durable

  262. Kristy de Balinhard says:

    Brown color, Lands End Tote Large Set would be wonderful to have in our home!

  263. i would pick fresh pink! LOVE it!

  264. I would love these!!!

  265. Stephanie O says:

    I would pick natural/rich red.

  266. Stephanie O says:

    I would use in my nursery . Starting it soon due in feb so probably a January baby.