Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Perfectly Preppy and Incredibly Organized School Supplies

I am positive that this is my most looked forward to post of my back to school basics series! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed writing it and I hope this will inspire your school supply organization! Feel free to pin any of these images if you feel so inclined!

I got all of my supplies yesterday and couldn't be more pleased with the way the organization turned out. I know I will be satisfied all year long since there is no way any of my assignments should ever be misplaced since there is literally a place for everything!
Here are my three binders which have all of my subjects split up inside! This is the first year I have combined classes into the same binder and so far I don't think it will be a problem! I bought one 2" (the blue one) and two 1 and 1/2" binders (the navy and the green ones). Size wise I purchased what I knew would work best with the subjects they would contain. I am so pleased with the way my binder covers turned out as well and they may give you a hint as to what tomorrows post is all about!

This binder is for my government/economics class and my AP literature class. The way I chose how to pair my classes was by looking at my schedule and choosing two or in some cases three classes that were back to back so that there is no need for me to go to my locker between every class. I find it efficient to label the spine of each of my binders so that when I am looking in my locker grabbing my books it will be easy to remember which binder goes with which class.

Inside of this binder I have my government and economics supplies in the front and my AP literature supplies in the back. To divide the two classes I purchased a plastic poly folder that sticks out farther than my dividers and I then labeled it as well. For my government/economics class I used eight dividers and placed college ruled notebook paper between each section. I labeled these dividers with ch.1, ch.2, all the way up to ch.8. I like dividing my notes this way because all of my information for each different test is between one set of dividers which makes exam studying easier for me. Behind the plastic poly folder that separates the two subjects, I have three dividers with college ruled notebook paper between them but they are not yet labeled.

My next binder is for three classes which may seem like a little much but two of the classes will not have too many notes to go along with them. This binder is navy with a pink color and contains my adv. calculus, peer counseling, and photography supplies. I labeled the spine of this binder the same way I labeled the previous one.

Here you can see that I have two plastic poly folders separating the different subjects and all of those folders color coordinate with the binder in case I decide to remove them I still know which binder they belong with. 

For my math dividers I labeled one notes, one homework, and the other graph paper. This is how I kept my math binder last year and I felt like it worked efficiently so I decided to stick to the same strategy!

My third and final binder is for AP french and AP environmental. This too is labeled on the spine in the same way as the others. Also, on the front of all of my binders I put a label with my name on it in case something were to happen to it.

Here is a better image of the separation of chapters I was discussing earlier about my government/economics dividers. I used the exact same strategy for AP environmental and highly suggest it to anyone who is looking for a new organizational technique.

There is no reason to have dull school supplies when there are so many fun ways to personalize them! These are a few other odds and ends from my backpack that will ensure my year is productive and organized. Pictured is a Lilly Pulitzer agenda, a TI-84 plus silver edition calculator with a DIY decorated faceplate, Lilly Pulitzer sticky notes, one of my binders, a Lily Pulitzer pencil pouch, and colorful pens to make note taking and agenda organizing lively!

I hope you enjoyed my tips and if you have any of your own please share them with me!


  1. School supply shopping is my favourite part about starting a new academic year :D I'm orderline obsessive with organising my notes, handouts and such in my binders so I'm a fan your organisation :) I love your binder covers - so cute! I definitely want to decorate my binders this year :)

  2. Love your covers! I did something similar! so cute!

  3. i am one of the least organized people i know, so this post inspired me to find a spot in each of my binders for everything to go!
    all your school supplies are adorable!

  4. I couldn't help but giggle reading your post. You sound exactly like me in high school. Extremely organized ! I'm creating my own lesson plan books right now to use this year teaching but haven't decided what to do for the covers yet. I"m thinking I need to check back tomorrow to see how you did yours.. so cute!

  5. Looove your calculator! I had to buy this certain one that came in ONLY silver... um yes very depressing. how did you do the gorgeous cover?

    1. My calculator came with a pink faceplate and pink cover. Check at Target in the electronics department to see if they have replacement faceplates and covers. As for the pink "d" it is a vinyl decal and the other stickers are from various Lilly agendas!

  6. The Lilly pencil pouch is so cute! I saw it online, but decided not to get it becuase it looked really small! I am used to using a vera bradely medium cosmetic as a pencil case, so how does it compare to that? Is it enough room for all of your stuff?

  7. Those Staedtler pens are my absolute favorite! I have had the same pack for 4 years and they haven't even dried up yet!

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  28. i love lily pulitzer

  29. Getting things organized are the best part where you can get your things at the correct destination. As this blog indicates how binders keep your papers organized there are lot of notebooks designed as such to organize your subjects together. Just check out that too
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  30. These tips are great, I love your binder inserts, the design is gorgeous!!


  31. I don't know what I would do without my Lilly agenda as well!

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  33. Where did you get your binder inserts? I have been trying to find a website that prints them, but I haven't found anything. Thanks!


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