25 August 2015

Back to School: The Ultimate Checklist

Even though I am a university graduate and it happened a lot time ago, I am exciting to write this post. Back to School time of the year is almost as exciting as Christmas. Why? One reason: stationery! :) Not that I didn't like going back to school after summer holidays (I actually really did!). However, shopping for new pencils and new notebooks is So.Much.Fun. Stationery is not just "stuff" you get in order to use it. It can be inspiring (!) and it can easily put you in a better mood when you colour-code in that brand new lovely notebook or get to make that sentence stand out with a spanking new funky-looking highlighter. Even your busy class schedule doesn't bother you because hey, you get to jot those hours in with your new gorgeous pens! Fellow stationery addicts, you know exactly what I am talking about! Even if you don't go back to school (HS, college, uni), these items would always feel welcome in your handbag, because: a) you might need; b) they are cute! I think B wins. 
Here's my Back to School checklist (stationery edition):
  • Planner is definitely essential (at least, it was/is to me). It keeps that busy schedule of yours organised and helps you remember important dates/appointments/commitments and that upcoming holiday ;) Also, you can decorate your planner the way you want to. Sky's the limit!
  • Notebooks are perfect for taking notes in class or at work. Spiral ones work the best for me because they are just more handy to use. Note to self: must learn how to start using those gorgeous notebooks that look too precious to write in them.
  • Ring binders take organisation to the next level. If you get a lot of paperwork or need a way to get those bills/certificates/random papers (you name it) in order, ring binders would be a great solution.
  • Subject dividers work perfectly for a) diving subjects (moment of revelation! haha) and b) serve the dividing purpose in your ring binder to separate the sections (for example, 1) home; 2) work; 3) car etc.).
  • Index cards and sticky notes: I can never have enough of these (while having more than enough!). They do an amazing job at helping you to get that speech sorted, those tricky test questions learned, and sometimes the only way you remember to make that hair appointment is when you label your every room with bright post-its.
  • Pencil case is a great home to those gorgeous new pens, pencils and markers you have. The variety is endless and you can go wild picking one out. I don't know how big your writing tools collection is but mine could probably cover a lifetime of 100 people scribbling away all day every day :)
  • Hole puncher would come to use when you need to keep those papers secure inside your ring binder. There are many types of hole punchers: manual, electric, 4-hole, 3-hole, 2-hole and single-hole. Pick one that suits your needs the best.
  • Erasers and sharpenersscissors and cutter knivesstapler and staples are very much self-explanatory items. Small tip: I wouldn't carry a cutter knife with me (same goes for scissors and staples), to be honest. It can stay at home and serve its purpose there. 
  • Highlighters and washi tape: I admit I haven't fallen on the washi tape bandwagon yet, but I hear it's a fun ride :) Though, I've seen such a wide range of them used by people, and they do look amazing. However, I love highlighting. That, and colour-coding.
  • Calculator might sound like a pointless item since the majority of us have smart phones. Nevertheless, I personally prefer a nicely-designed stylish calculator that helps you get those numbers right - even if you are a Maths genius and can calculate big in your mind (I take my hat off to you, btw).
  • Small notebook: why do you need it if you have a bunch of bigger ones? It's easier to carry it around and pull it out to jot down those notes or thoughts quickly. It is a fab tool for any blogger to have at all times: ideas, ideas everywhere...
Hope you enjoyed this post and the Back to School checklist which I made myself according to my personal needs and preferences. Paperchase images are used for inspiration only, this is not a sponsored post. I wish, right? :)

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71 comments

  1. Hello Nadia! I have finally made it over to your lovely blog! I am so excited that the first post of yours that I have read is about school supplies. I LOVE school supplies. I miss my Czech stationary sometimes. Is there ever a brand of Ukranian pens or notebooks that you miss?

    So excited to be here!

    <3 LR

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    1. Thanks, Lucy :) Glad you made it here. Stay for as long as you would like ;)
      Hmm, you got me thinking, girlie. There is a number of lovely good-quality Ukr stationery brands but I have only bought notebooks & pens made in UA. Mostly just stuff from Staples or Paperchase :)
      What Czech brands are good? :)
      xox

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  2. luckily i'm done with school but i used to love shopping for it! good luck :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Oh I am finished with my uni long time ago but thought it would be a nice post to share not just for those who actually "go back to school" but even fellow statinery addicts lol.
      How amazing school/uni is over though, right? :)
      xox

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  3. I just did all my back to school stationery shopping for when I go back to uni next week, and it's so exciting!! Stationery is the best haha, great picks!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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    1. Yay, I know, it's so nice to get some new stuff!
      Hope you have an amazing kick off to a new school year! ;)
      xox

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  4. Great post luckiliy I am done with scool until I consider Phd but I guess then I won't need them haha :) xx

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. Ela, I wish I could say "I don't need them" lol. I just love stationery :) Graduated from a uni a good while ago but thought this would be a lovely post to share with others who love stationery & those who are still in HS/uni.
      Good luck with PhD if you decide on it! ;) xox

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  5. wow amazing blog post !! I can tell you put a lot of effort into this post !! I have shared :)


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    have a wonderful day

    Jade

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    1. Thanks so much, Jade! Glad you liked it! Aww where did you share it? Link me :)
      xox

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  6. All your picks are so pretty! I love getting new supplies as well, but often the ones I like are so expensive, I just end up getting plain notebooks and making my own covers. I wish there were links so I could buy some of the stationary shown here!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. That's actually such a great way to save up, Angelina! All the stuff is from Paperchase (there is a tiny link below the last picture & a little shout-out to them in the last few sentences).
      I love their stationery. It's definitely not just for the kids ;)
      xox

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  7. I am not going back to school but I love school supplies! I always love buying notebooks and stationery in general, great post! :)

    FloralConstellation.com

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    1. Same here, Christel! :) No matter how many years ago I finished school & university, I love stationery! ;)
      xox

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  8. I am not going back to school but I sure can appreciate some great stationery! I am so loving all of those cute watermelon things and how cute are those highlighters!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. You are speaking my language, Rebecca lol ;)
      Not going back to school any more but definitely appreciate fun & good-quality stationery.
      All the images are from Paperchase. They always come up with the loveliest designs.
      Thanks for a sweet comment :)
      xox

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  9. This is a great post! I love stationary!

    Following your blog on Bloglovin'! :)

    http://beewritesx.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Tara! Will check out your blog now ;)
      xox

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  10. I'm a little old for going back to school but I have to admit that I still love looking at stationery! That used to be my favourite part of going back to school! :)

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

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    1. Same here, can't help but still look at lovely stationery :)
      Thanks for a comment, Natalie <3
      xox

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  11. I'm not going back to school but this checklist is definitely handy for uni. I love buying stationery and I have a really hard time just choosing one thing to buy x

    vvnightingale.com

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    1. Even though I finished uni a while ago I still love to use pretty stationery ;) Glad it's been helpful! I really love Paperchase, it never disappoints :)
      Good luck with uni! <3
      xox

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  12. This is such a brilliant post!! I'm just about to start a new day job so I've been collecting new stationery items just like these! Your list is perfect! :)

    xx Lucy

    www.lucylovestosparkle.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Lucy :) Fun new stationery items are not just useful, they are inspirational <3
      Good luck on the new job! ;)
      xox

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  13. Great post! I love back to school supplies and pretty new stationery!

    Brittany,
    www.lawyerlookbook.com

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    1. Thanks Brittany :)
      Can't pass them by ;)
      xox

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it! ;)
      xox

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  15. Such nice and cute stuffs – I´m so in love with stationery ♥ Even though I´m not at school anymore, I never get enough of it, hihi :)
    Did I mention that you were such a beautiful bride!? OMG, you´re look so pretty on the pictures ♥
    Have a nice day, Sweetie :*

    Lots of Love,
    Rosy

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    1. I know, right, Rosy? Stationery is a must no matter what age you are ;)
      Awww thanks so much, I am actually planning my new wedding-related post ;)
      Thank you <3
      xox

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    2. Yes, you´re absolutely right!
      Yeay, great news – I´m looking forward to it :)

      Have a great time for the rest of the week, Nadia ♥ :*

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  16. This is such a fun and colourful post!
    I'm going into my final year at Uni so I need to buy a few bits! Stationery makes studying that little bit more fun, so I'll be sure to look at a few things you've spoken about!
    Love this post!
    Love Lauren x

    www.laurenshh.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I agree, Lauren! Stationery makes a difference - even can motivate you to study ;)
      Good luck in your final year of uni! :)
      Thanks for a sweet comment!
      xox

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  17. I agree that having a planner is really useful! I always had one in high school, but I didn't get one for my first year of college and I wish I had! I do have one now, and it makes everything so much easier. Great post too!

    Holly x

    bisoushollyolivia.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, Holly :) Planner just keeps it all together (your classes, plans, thoughts, reminders). Such a great tool no matter what age you are. Are you using one now?
      Thanks for a lovely comment :)
      xox

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  18. So happy looking! Love the colours and prints!
    www.julialundin.com

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    1. Thank you, Julia :) I love fun & bright stationery! The colours & designs make such a difference ;)
      xox

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  19. Loving that palm tree phone case. I must agree, though... I cannot do ANYTHING without my planner. It's definitely a must for back to school or on a daily basis at the office!

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    1. Couldn't agree more, Lisa Marie :)
      A planner is a must-have tool at school/uni or work!
      xox

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  20. I LOVE back to school supplies. A planner is definitely essential for me! I love writing down lists and keeping my schedule straight and I'd rather write it than keep it on my phone. Loved this list! Hope you are having a wonderful week my lovely friend! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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    1. Awww thanks for a sweet comment, Kim! :)
      A planner is so important, isn't it? Keeps you organised!
      I love checking things off on my to-do lists as well ;)
      Have a great time for the rest of the week, girlie.
      xox

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  21. Great post! My favorite part of school is always buying new school suplies.
    A planner is definitly essential to me :).
    xox,
    Cherry

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    1. Thanks so much, Cherry :) New stationery is amazing & a planner just makes life so much more organised ;)
      xox

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  22. Great post!! Index card and sticky notes are also an essential for me, I use them to revise because they're great to add colour and little notes xx

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    1. I completely agree, Sophie. They are so cute & helpful at the same time :)
      xox

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  23. These are such cute back to school items! I love looking at all of your picks!

    Thanks!

    Lipstickandlimes.com

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Really appreciate that ;)
      xox

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  24. сколько красоты канцелярской,я ее обожаю)

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    1. Канцелярия-моя слабость)))
      xox

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  25. Very excited with back to school time as well now I am not going to school anymore !
    www.ladiesandcroissants.blogspot.fr

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    1. Same here, Clarissa! Even if school time is over, we are allowed to love great stationery ;)
      xox

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  26. I love the pica, lovely! Everything is so colourful and beautiful!
    I'm so excited to start uni this year, one part because of uni itself, and the other one because of al the stationary hahahaha!
    Have a good day, gorgeous! xx

    Selenaponcestyle.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Thanks for a lovely comment and good luck with uni, Selena! :)
      Are you studying to become a translator?
      xox

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  27. I love palm & tropical prints! These are such great picks. I have a palm print notebook already for uni. There’s nothing like fresh (cute!) stationery to make going back to school a little bit more fun! & I don’t know where I’d be without a planner! haha Lovely post, I think the list is perfect!

    TFM BLOG

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    1. Palm are tropical prints are amazing, I agree 100%, girlie ;)
      Thanks so much for a sweet comment, Shannon <3
      Planner helps me to stay organised even though some people might joke saying "can't you, like, remember your appointment and commitments" #theydontgetit :)
      Hope you are having a fab week, girl!
      xox

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  28. how adorable!!!! almost makes me want to buy these even though I don't go to school anymore, hahaha!

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

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    1. Not easy to say 'no' to cute stationery any time of the year, isn't that right, Sybil? :)
      Hope you are having great rest of the summertime ;)
      xox

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  29. Oohhh I love stationary too! Haha thanks for the detailed list

    Vicky
    https://vickysscrapbook.wordpress.com/

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    1. You're welcome, Vicky ;) Glad you enjoyed it. I love stationery so much as well lol :)
      xox

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  30. So nice post, but that school miss :)

    *XoXo
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    1. Thanks Helena! :) Glad you enjoyed the post - back to school might not take us 'back to school' literally but sure it gives a great selection of new stationery ;)
      xox

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  31. Love back to school stationary! I love stylish and decorated calculators :P

    www.Pawlean.com

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    1. Pauline, I thought I was the only one obsessing over gorgeous calculators! :)
      Thanks for the comment, girlie ;)
      xox

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  32. I was looking for new blogs to read and stopped by yours.. It is really great blog! Beautiful pictures and interesting text! Do you want to follow each other? Let me know on my blog :)

    http://itsmeieva.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Ieva, glad you like my blog :) Stop by any time ;)
      xox

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  33. I like this post and I like previous blog post. 2 in 1. Maybe we could follow each other :)

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    1. Thanks, Maja! Glad you are enjoying my blog :)
      Sure, I will check out your blog.
      xox

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  34. Perfect! I love and i follow your blog, please follow me too
    http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Kristine, will go and check out your blog & will be in touch.
      xox

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  35. I have soft spot for stationary. It's really hard to say no to cute stationary. You have selected so much adorable pieces. Hope you' re having wonderful week so far.
    xoxo
    Ramona

    http://ramona-strikeapose.blogspot.ie

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    1. Ramona, I am exactly the same way lol. Not easy to refuse gorgeous stationery. Thanks for a lovely comment :) Hope you are enjoying these last few days of summer ;)
      Hope it's not too wet in Ireland atm <3
      xox

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