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Summer’s Over: Back 2 School Tips

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Hey everyone, so it’s that time of the year when we exchange the swimming suits and the flip flops for more formal attires and books. It is also the time when we should start getting prepared for a new semester at school. If you are a freak of organization like me, you might be starting or already have a check list of all your needs, and are ready to go shopping.

In my case doing a check list with all my needs for a new semester requires some dedication of time, because my methodology is doing an Inventory before going shopping. Now this inventory might take a couple of days, because I go through all the things I have, school supplies, clothing, and other necessities. You might say inventory blagh, but the truth is that if you want to avoid having two things of the same this is a must. Plus, it is a way to declutter your space and make room for things you DO use.

Today it’ll be all about School Supplies. Now, I know that is great to use new supplies and all that, I am also a freak about school supplies and a sucker for nice pens and pencils; but, when it comes to your economy it’s better to save some cash that you might need later on. So, before running to your local store and start buying all the things that are in the season hallways make a list of what you will need, for instance:

  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Black, Blue or Red Ink Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Ruled Paper
  • Binders
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Backpacks or Tote Bags

If you are studying, have kids or have any relation with school this might be interesting for you. There is a big chance that you might have some supplies already from past years. But, what if you don’t know what you have? In that case I would do this:

  1. Recollect every school supply you have available at home, if you didn’t undo your or your kids backpack before starting the summer, now it will be a good time to do it.

  2. Gather all the supplies in one place and start sorting, pens in one side, pencils in other, supplies that don’t work anymore, random supplies in other, and usable notebooks or binders in other side. If you have kids, let them participate in this activity, it will be faster and fun.

  3. Throw to the trash anything that doesn’t work anymore.

  4. Get some plastic boxes. In my case I have 3, one box for pens, pencils, and highlighters, another for Erasers, staplers, clips and the last one for Index cards (different sizes).

  5. I also have a separate box for notebooks, binders, ruled paper and folders.

  6. If your pens are not in their original package try gathering them with a rubber to avoid all colors floating in the box.

  7. Check the state of your backpack or tote bag, odds are it’s still in good shape for another semester. I know that with kids is hard, but maybe you can get to an agreement with them.

This process might take some time at first, but believe me this will save you tons of time and money in the future. And you will know exactly what you have and what you’ll need. Doing my inventory is easy for me now, because I have only this place for storing office supplies.

After checking what you do have and what you need to buy you can go and cross check from my list what you already have leave only the items I need to buy. You can go further and do a friendly budget with how much do you expect to pay for each item on your list, that way you won’t end up buying things you don’t need.

Another thing would be, hunt bargains, I know that school supplies are not that expensive, but still it’s not the same to buy a pack of pens in office depot than buying it in Wal-Mart (and sometimes is the exact same thing).

Stay away from weird looking brands. With this I mean if you already know that your Bic or Paper Mate pens work just fine, why are you purchasing some odd brands only to save 20 cents? Odds are you will end up losing more money because your pens won’t work (unless someone has given you a good review about them).

And last but not least, HAVE FUN, I know that this activity might sound tedious but really, you will organize, declutter, and will know what you have. Also, if you have kids you will be teaching them to reduce, reuse and recycle, plus save their nickels.

Stay Tuned for the second part of this back 2 school series, it will be about wardrobe makeup.

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