Hmm, yes, you there. I see you trying to dodge the question, and it’s precisely the dodging that tells me you need to hear this difficult truth: Tote bags, like Sephora samples, are irresistible and insidious in equal measure. They are quite useful! They hold such promise for an imagined future! So many of them are free! And almost all of them are impossibly filthy. There is a reasonable limit to how many tote bags you need in your life, and it’s quite likely that if you’re reading this article, you have a tote bag problem. Does the term “bag of bags” mean anything to you? If you answered yes, please know that you are among friends, and that help is here. Ann Lightfoot, a professional organizer and a founding partner of Done & Done Home in New York, has some tough love to offer the tote-stashing set. “Here is the truest thing about totes,” she said, “and we all know it: All totes are not created equally.” Some totes are shoddily made, the handles aren’t long enough or the size of the tote is simply not useful, which, according to Ms. Lightfoot, makes them “clutter at best and actual garbage at worst.” Left unmanaged, tote bag collections can take over closets, drawers, car ...