School Supplies Essentials

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As much as it breaks my heart to say so, summer is drawing to a close. 

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And so, with the end of summer comes a whirlwind of shopping (which isn’t such a bad thing!). Clothes, shoes, bags (backpacks? Satchels? Who knows.), notebooks, binders, pens, highlighters, novels, textbooks, calculators, and any other random thing that could be necessary throughout the school year is purchased. It’s like stockpiling, you know? As if you’ll never, ever be able to visit another Target again. I mean, it’s the way we shop, right? Like I bought two backup packs of pencils, a backup pack of colored flares, more highlighters than I’ll ever use, an extra notebook, and an extra binder. Will I need all of that? Probably not. 

But you never know. 😉 

So I just thought I’d share with you all what exactly I bought, how I plan on organizing myself, and other tidbits worth sharing. 😀

First off is my bag. It’s a decent-sized, sturdy, reversible, vegan-leather (that’s an oxymoron, right?) tote I picked up from Nordstrom’s. It’s pretty inexpensive and holds everything–but not too much. Last year I was the epitome of a freshman with the massive backpack that clocked in at about 25 pounds. And I carried that around allllll day. So, in an effort to avoid that, I ditched the convenient but enabling backpack for this cuter tote that hopefully will help keep how much I carry around with me in check. 

Part of my problem last year was that I was pretty unorganized because I’d bought a bunch of notebooks and binders at the beginning of the year and had just hoped for the best. The notebooks were trashed by second semester, so I had to restock mid-year which was not fun. This year I got a bunch of these binder-notebook-hybrid things that are basically a five-subject notebook with plastic folder-dividers (which you can move around as needed) wrapped in a sturdy cloth binding. I got two of those, one for my morning classes and one for my afternoon classes, with a single-subject one for math. That way there’s no worry about a separate storage for papers and reading and note-taking. All in one!

I then have my planner, which is absolutely essential during the school year (I did a post on that here). I also have a teal-quilted pencil case with the same old black ballpoint pens, colored flares for color-coding my notes, highlighters, and plenty of mechanical pencils for all of those scantron tests. Oh, the wonder of a number two pencil. 😀 

The gold sparkly bag in the pictures above is kind of my miscellaneous bag, since the purse doesn’t have any pockets. In there I’m keeping a travel-sized hand lotion, a travel-sized bottle of one of my favorite perfumes (don’t worry, it’s plastic!), these little oil-blotting sheets that are absolute magic (and perfect for touchups during passing periods!), a travel-sized hand sanitizer (someone’s always sick), some post-it sized notecards on a key ring for studying and whatnot, some colored post-it strips for bookmarking pages in books, and some, y’know, other supplies, if you catch my drift. 

Minus the couple of textbooks and workbooks I’m waiting on, this is how I’m planning on organizing myself for this coming school year. I’d love to hear what your tried & true school supplies are–your plan of attack organization-wise, if you will. 🙂 

Talk to you later, guys! 😀

– Grace

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