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Stationary is something I find way too much joy in. I'm the type of person who, when stressed, will literally sit down and write five pages of notes just about my undergraduate course plan (course descriptions and semesters offered included). School shopping time was always my favorite because I could get all of the notebooks, pencils, and pens that I wanted. Stationary is a great way to stay organized and look like an adult, even when you feel like you may not be. I've rounded up a few of my favorite stationary items, and for my 10th (!!!) blogpost, I've decided to tell my top 10 stationary items!
1. A Planner: To me, a planner is essential for having an organized life. How else will you be able to organize and plan out every event that you have coming up? A planner is a good way to keep yourself from procrastinating or double booking yourself. In the Mary-Kate and Ashley movie "New York Minute", Ashley's character was made fun of for having a planner, but in reality she had her life together. Sure, you don't have to be as strict and detail oriented as her, but having a planner and keeping yourself organized will help you to succeed. Some of my favorite planners are by Lilly Pulitzer ($22.00-35.00), Day Designer ($29.99-59.00), Erin Condren ($55.00-60.00), and Emily Ley ($58.00). These planners are more deluxe, but you by no means have to purchase a super expensive one. Target, Office Depot, and Walmart have planners for cheaper! This past school year, I bought a $29.99 Day Designer from Target (picture below... excuse the stains on its corner. My baby has been through a lot). My next planner will probably be an Emily Ley one since they are more colorful and patterned than the Day Designers, but it still has the hourly breakdown of each day, which I love.
2. Desk Calendar: You may think that you don't need a desk calendar if you have a planner, but trust me, they're super helpful. I just recently purchased one a few months back and they help me to be so much more organized. I like to put my work schedule, class/test dates, and when I need to change out my pairs of contacts on mine. During the school year, I also have organization meeting dates on it so I can make sure I'm not overbooking myself. I like to have both a planner and a desk calendar because my calendar is right there in front of me while I'm getting ready in the morning, and also, I don't have to go through and search for that specific day in my planner if I'm needing to know what needs to be done. I use my desk calendar for a brief overview of my day, and then my planner has the nitty-gritty details. I have one from Target (I believe it was $8.99, but I can't find it on the website, so I can't link it). There are plenty of cute ones that you can come across online, in boutiques, and other stores. If you're looking for a more fun desk calendar, there are ones with coloring pages, like this one.
3. Binders: This one may seem like a given, but binders are so important, even if you aren't in school. I like to have one for my organizations on campus, and also my classes. They're a great place to compile every piece of paper that you need to keep for your job, your family, your budget, or anything else that you can think of. I never really appreciated binders as a kid, but now they're my lifeline.
4. Printables: In the picture above, you might see that one of my binder covers is a Semester Planner. I use these every single semester so I can know every little thing about my classes and have a easy go-to if I need to know where my classes are. These printables are for everything you might possibly need. There's daily planner sheets, monthly calendars, budget sheets, etc. The best thing about them? They're free! Printables can easily be found on Pinterest, but my favorites are by The Organised Student. They're also extremely aesthetically pleasing, so that's a plus!
5. Notebooks: This is another product that seems like a given, but notebooks are so necessary for keeping organized. I love taking notes, so I have notebooks for everything. I have one for work, one for organizations on campus, and then many for classes. Notebooks can be found anywhere. For school, I like using the Five Star 1-Subject Notebooks. They're a bit more expensive when compared to storebrand notebooks, but I like them because they have a plastic cover. Before I started getting Five Star notebooks, the covers would always break off after a few months and the paper inside would get screwed up. The plastic covers of these keeps that from happening. Also, I'm able to reuse these for both the Fall and Spring Semesters because there are so many pages. Since there are so many colors, I'm also able to color coordinate the notebooks with certain courses/subjects. I like to use college ruled paper since it makes my handwriting more neat, but the ruling of the paper is completely up to you! If you want something less basic, stores like Target, Office Depot, TJ Maxx, Bealls, and boutiques have patterned notebooks that have a bit more personality. The light pink and rose gold notebook in the pictures below is from Bealls and was $4.99. The patterned notebooks will always be more expensive, but if you're wanting something that's more you and are willing to spend the money, go for it!
6. Staedtler Tri-Plus Fineliners: These things were a game changer for my note-taking. I prefer a fine-tipped pen, and love for my notes to have color, so these were a dream come true when I found out about them. They don't really bleed through paper, either! These marker pens are also great for coloring. I have the 36 pack currently, but will soon be upgrading to the 42 count pack so I can have more colors! These markers are pretty expensive (at Target, the 42 pack is $40), but can be found for cheaper on Amazon!
7. Lap Desk: I don't know if you can count a lap desk as a stationary product, but since I use mine for school and blogging (and playing Sims so my computer doesn't overheat), I'm going to count it. Mine is from TJ Maxx and was about $15. I bought it about a year ago, so I don't think you'd be able to find this exact one anymore, but they're pretty easy to find online! I have one that has legs so it doesn't have to sit directly on my lap and makes it a bit more comfortable for note-taking. Target has a pretty nice wooden one for $24.50 here. If you're looking to find a lap desk, try Target, stores like TJ Maxx, or even online! If you keep searching, you'll find one that's perfect for your needs!
8. Stapler & Tape Dispenser: Until I moved to college, I never realized how important tape and staples were. I'd always just mindlessly use my mom's, and didn't even think of it as a necessity until I had my first essay and had to try to figure out how the heck to staple my papers together without a stapler. If you're looking for a cute stapler or tape dispenser, Target has adorable ones! The stapler pictured below is $15.99 from Target and is by Swingline. You can find it here. The tape dispenser is also from Target, but I was unable to find it to link. However, Target does have this Marble Tape Dispenser that I find absolutely adorable, and it's only $9.99!
9. Desk File Divider: I just recently got this file divider (I believe it was from the Target dollar section), and it has made my life so much cleaner and more organized. Instead of having papers strown all over my room and desk, I can keep them in this organizer and have them easily at my disposal. Since I'm currently studying for the LSAC, I like to put my practice exams there so I can keep from losing them.
10. Paper Clips & Binder Clips: Paper and binder clips are another thing that I never really thought would be important until this past semester. I had two huge research papers, and with research papers comes a ton of articles that can make your desk very messy. I didn't want to staple any of the articles since it sometimes makes reading a bit harder (and when you have a 30 page article... a stapler is hopeless), so I decided to buy some binder clips and paper clips to keep everything together while still being able to easily read the articles. These items may be something that you never really think about, but they're a game changer!
If you have any other suggestions for stationary items that I may have forgotten, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below! I'd love to know about some more items that may make my life easier and more organized!