Top 5 on my Back-to-School Shopping List

It’s the end of May and that only means it’s back-to-school for the little lady in less than a month. One of the things I look forward to is shopping for school and office supplies. Now that she’s nine year old and loves stationery, we get to shop for school supplies together. So off we went to SM City Cebu.

Apart from the usual pencils and papers, I’ve rounded up these five organization items that should be on your desks this coming school year or for your home office. #MarrylFinds

  1. Pen Cases or Pouches


Not just plain and boring pen cases but pretty ones with fun designs like these. I gravitate towards designs that have muted tones or geometric patterns. But those with colorful and playful designs are too cute to resist says the little lady. We got these pen pouches from SM Stationery Department at SM City Cebu. I love the variety of pouches they have and surprisingly they were very affordable. Some were made of canvas, plastic and fabric so you have plenty of options.


       2. Planners



Whether you use it as your agenda, goal-setting or just to-do lists, everyone needs a planner as part of your organization and planning tools. I enjoy both functional and creative planning. Personally, I don’t think you need very expensive planners if you want to do either kind but I think it always begins with good quality paper. I found these really cute planners at SM Stationery that has beautiful paper, perfect for both creative or functional planning. My little one seems to have caught the planner bug too. She has one of these planners that we bought from SM Stationery Department.

3. Notebooks


One can never have too many notebooks. I found these pretty sturdy spiral notebooks. They have these designs of calligraphy pens on them and I am sold. They even have plastic tabs that will allow you to divide your notebook by sections. The paper quality is great too.

4. Organizer Trays


One of the items from the SM Stationery department that I always look for are these plastic organizer trays. They come in different sizes and colors. What I like about these organizers is that they are transparent and stackable. Perfect to organize both your home and school supplies. As a crafter, these are great for my cube inks, blending tools or stamps. It’s easy for me to find my supplies because I can color-code according to the supplies I have. Here, my daughter organizes her little collection of highlighters, sticky notes and page markers.

5. Travel Bag / Make-up Organizer


Some refer to it as toiletries organizer, others use it for make-up. I found these at SM Stationery in different designs. I thought it was perfect to hold my daughter’s hygiene kit which includes a face towel, extra shirt, underwear, wet wipes, etc. The size is small enough to tuck inside one of her school bag’s pocket. She can just take out the whole bag and put everything back, all in one bag. They come in different fun designs and very affordable too.

Those are my top 5 items on my back-to-school shopping list this school year.

Whether you’re a mom with school-age children or a crafter who needs to replenish your craft supplies (or both), I think it’s imperative that we organize our supplies to (keep our sanity)er,  keep things in order. Any crafter knows that “out of sight, out of mind” cliche just speaks the truth. If you don’t see it, you tend to forget about it.

These organization and planning tools are a must-have for our home office or just to make this coming school year fun for our little ones.

*all items on this list were from SM Stationery Department, Lower Ground Floor at SM City Cebu.

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