It's back to school season, which, for all the parents out there, means a trip to stock up on supplies. Personally, I loved school supply shopping as a kid - there was something about picking out that year's notebook scheme (probably Lisa Frank) and finding the perfect pencil pouch that made school and fall so exciting (I was a bit of a bookworm if you can't tell from that statement). During the days leading up to the start of classes, I'd carefully print my name on each of my folders and notebooks, vowing to write as perfectly as that for the rest of the year. Then I'd meticulously arrange and then rearrange everything in my backpack until it fit just right.
I'm now an adult, yet every time I take a trip to Target and pass the school aisles, I get that same glimmer of excitement. Highlighters! Binders! Pens! Erasers! Colored Pencils! While the exotic patterns and colors may have shifted towards the plain and black, the need for organization continues to be pretty high on my list. And really, it's no wonder considering the daily stress most Americans experience.
It can be tough sometimes trying to balance work, home, travel, and if you're like me, grad school on top of it all. Sometimes the stress can get so high that it seems like nothing will ever get done. When that happens to me though, I just try to take a deep breath, go back to basics, and get organized.
The truth is that no matter how much of a type A personality someone has, and no matter how many things are precisely penciled into a date book, we're all humans and life does throw us some unexpected obstacles now and then. But I've found that organizing helps...a lot.
My favorite tools for getting things back on track range from planners to notebooks, email categories to google calendar. Below I've included my top organizing tools - and where to get them.
So as we head into fall, and you're out there shopping for back to school goods with your kids, remember to stop and treat yourself to some much-needed supplies. You just might find that stress isn't quite as big of a monster as it once seemed.
Guest post by Megan Warner