Our Top Study and Organization Essentials for College Students
Head back to campus (or start online learning from the comfort of your own home) with customizable notebooks, storage solutions, versatile tote bags, and more from Martha's collection at Staples.
Dorm rooms can be small with limited personal space, making it even more important to keep assignments and study materials organized. And even if you're heading back to school virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, transforming a childhood bedroom into a college-worthy study space will require a few new organizational updates. Martha's collection at Staples has customizable solutions that every busy college student needs. Multi-purpose notebooks can be tailored to each class, low-profile wall organization saves sacred desktop space, and a convertible tote bag makes on-the-go study sessions an easy A+. We've rounded up some of our favorite back to school essentials from the Office by Martha Stewart collection at Staples, to help you get ready for another successful school year.
Instead of using several notebooks to keep class notes separate, the Discbound™ Customizable Notebook ($26.95, staples.com) is equipped to store section dividers ($6.99, staples.com), filler paper, checklists, zip pockets ($3.99, staples.com), and more. The contents have pre-punched spines, making it easy to add, remove, and rearrange as needed. It's an efficient way to keep things neat during an active semester. You can even personalize a notebook with Martha's collection of craft paints and stencils. Add a monogram, school name, or sorority letters to the front cover to make it truly your own.
One of the best ways to stay organized is to give papers, reading materials, and other class assignments their own homes. Binders, magazine files ($17.19, staples.com), and boxes ($21.89, staples.com) in coordinating sizes create a clean, streamlined look while also offering plenty of storage options. Everything is kept within reach but tucked away to free up desk space. You can even add message board wall decals ($14.99 for two, staples.com) in coordinating colors to tie everything together.
Desktop Organizing Pieces
Keep your desktop organized and aesthetically pleasing without sacrificing style with these geometric-shaped organizers. The brass hardware and colorful linen bases bring pops of color to minimalist glass vessels. From a gilded pencil holder ($15.99, staples.com) to a geometric-inspired desk organizer ($19.99, staples.com), there are so many options to choose from.
Items That Utilize Wall Space
College dorm rooms are notorious for close quarters, encouraging creative storage and organizing solutions. Avoid drilling into the wall by opting for lightweight wall organizing solutions that can be hung with adhesive strips. A colorful collage of clipboards in a range of colors—from gilded floral patterns to bright colors like coral ($6.29, staples.com)—positioned above the desk offers a convenient place to keep exam notes, study checklists, and class syllabi to make studying so much easier. Add a dash of school spirit by using the space to display pictures, pep rally mementos, and event flyers.
Between class, extracurricular activities, and time with friends, college students' schedules can fill up fast and take them all over campus. This tote bag-backpack combo ($62.09, staples.com) is chic, functional, and can go from early morning class to evening study group at the local coffee shop. The top handle and back straps are adjustable and the main compartment zips closed. An interior padded sleeve protects a laptop or tablet, and exterior pockets can hold notebooks ($8.39, staples.com), journals ($9.59, staples.com), pens, and personal items like headphones and your wallet.