I know I have shared about my love of school supplies in the past. This year was the first year our daughter had a substantial school supply list, and I was so excited to share my love of school supply shopping with her (and to be honest simultaneously get my school supply fix for myself). And then we got the school supply kit order form from the school. Apparently now teachers now get to select supplies they want in a kit and parents can order it. It’s faster, more convenient, easier, less expensive, better for the teachers because they are guaranteed to get exactly the specific supplies they need… and utterly depressing for school supply lovers like me. There was one item, some dot stickers, not included in the kit. Believe me – I made an event out of buying those dot stickers. There was a special outing and a photo op and everything. But it just wasn’t the same.
So I came home and drowned my sorrows in my shiny new planner I had gotten a few weeks earlier. Of course I know that phones have calendars on them now. However, I just use my phone’s calendar as a backup to my written planner. I have always done this – ever since high school when one of the school supplies I was always excited to get was my brand new assignment notebook for the year. For several years, calendar books and planners were hard to find or quite boring when I was able to find one I assume because of the calendars on the phones. Just about five years ago, I was afraid they were going to stop making calendar books and planners entirely because they were so hard to find. I finally found a student planner reminiscent of my old high school assignment notebooks at Vera Bradley a few years ago. I really liked it even though it was meant for high school or college kids. And I must not be alone in my love affair with planners and calendar books because then suddenly they have apparently become cool again. There started to be more and more cute options. This year when I went to Paper Source to find a calendar book, there were so many choices! (I, of course, went with the pink and sparkly option.)
And there are so many stickers and accessories to go with the planners now! I’ve heard that there are entire Etsy stores that sell nothing but stickers for calendars. I have yet to check out these sites, but I am intrigued by the possibilities. I had a lovely time filling in important dates, holiday traditions, reminders, and notes in my beautiful new planner. In fact my new planner is so complete that I was able to transfer several ongoing lists of projects I want to do into it. So instead of 3 notebooks plus my calendar book, I now have just one planner full of everything. I don’t know why I find this to be so satisfying, but I do. Perhaps it’s because it combines holidays and organizing – 2 of my favorite things. So even if my new planner was my only opportunity to play with shiny new school supplies this year, at least I enjoyed it completely! In a world where school supplies now come in convenient yet depressing kits, I hope that the fancy planner trend is one that lasts for years to come.