For some people, summer is quickly dwindling to an end (although my first day of school isn’t until September 7th). You could say I’m a little excited… I’m going into my senior year of high school so I have learned a thing or two about good ways to organize your school stuff. Here’s my favorite ways to organize + a supplies list.
I’ve tried 3 different main ways to organize my binders and things:
- 1 huge binder for all classes
- 1 medium/large binder for each day (my school has an A/B day schedule, meaning we had each class every other day)
- 1 small binder for each class.
1 huge binder for all classes: It’s great because you always have all your stuff with you, so nothing can accidentally left in another binder at home. It’s also easy because you know at a glance what you need to grab from your bag, instead of not being able to tell which of your 6 binders is which. It’s not the best for students in high school with a lot of heavy-load classes like I had (especially junior, AKA hell year). You might end up with a large binder that looks ridiculous, as in a 5″ binder.
1 medium/large binder for each day: This is my favorite way to organize because of how my school sets up the schedule. I will almost never be caught doing the previous day’s homework in my spare time, so there’s no reason I need both days’ binders at the same time. It’s still easy because you’ll only have one binder in your bag and it’s easy to find. I had one day with all my hardest and most work-heavy classes on one day and all my easier ones on another, so I had a 3″ binder for the heavy day and a 1.5″ one for the easy day. It really helped take the load off.
1 small binder for each class: I did this for my freshman year and it worked pretty well, but I had to use my locker to store binders between classes because they didn’t all fit in my bag / were too heavy for me. And at least at my school, no one uses their locker and it’s pretty weird if you do. It makes it easier to get from class to class on time when you don’t have to stop at your locker. It was easy to keep things organized and separate, but a lot to keep track of.
You can choose which way you want to organize binders from the list above or your own way, so here’s a list of school supplies I actually use in high school, not what a generic list will tell you.
High School Supplies List from a High School Senior
- Divider Tabs for binders
- Loose-leaf paper
- Notebook(s) – I don’t buy these until I know how the class’ note-taking style is
- Pencil Pouch – I prefer ones with more than one zipper compartment
- At least 2 pencils (regular or mechanical + lead)
- Red pen
- Small sticky note tabs to take notes in books for class
- Colored felt-tip pens (my personal favorite to make school more interesting)
- Black Sharpie (these are always needed at some point)
- Calculator (ask your math teacher what kind you need for the class)
Other things you’ll definitely want:
- Ear buds
- Water bottle
Of course, everyone has their own way of organizing, but this is what I actually used in classes. I hated carrying around extra supplies that added bulk to my bag but I never needed.
One thing I should mention is planners… these might be a necessity for most people but I never used the ones my school gave us, nor the one I bought with my own money. I have a way of remembering everything I need to in my head, but keep in mind that planners can be very helpful for remembering assignments and due dates. I do try to use one every year, but sometimes don’t even make it past the first week.
Let me know if you have any other essentials for school! Please share this post with your friends on social media and let’s all get excited to go back to school (if possible)!
From, The PNW