Friday, August 14, 2015

Organizing your backpack - Bloggers BTS


I am very happy to take part in the #BloggersBTS link-up by lovely bloggers Nicole from Empire Styles and Cathleen from Classy Cathleen this week! This link-up has different themes each week of August (I missed the first one, fashion, because I was on holiday gahhhh), and this week's theme is organization.

Now before you get mistaken and think that I'm a functional, organized, put-together adult grad school stud... LOL I can't, this sentence is too funny for me to write. I'm the opposite of an organized person, and I really struggle with dates to remember, things to do, and overall where my stuff is. Specially that last one. I seem to lose everything all the time. I lose my keys, my phone, my wallet inside my bag way too often. In fact, I've given up on large handbags just because I know it'll be 10 times easier to find my stuff in smaller bags. I mean, tote bags are a huge black hole with MAYBE one, or if you are lucky two little pockets, and that's all.

However, I cannot do that in school for obvious 1 million ton books, keys, lunchbag, pens reasons. I need space, and I need it very well organized. Surprisingly, in spite of the lack of organization in my life, I've found a system that works very well for me for when it comes to backpack organization!

The reason for this miracle is my beautiful, obnoxiously pink North Face Recon backpack:

Find it in Amazon
I have never been so in love with a backpack. Ever. I saw it in Christmas and I got it instantly. It is as pink as you can imagine and I love that it adds that fun touch to dull grad school life. As you can see in the pic, there are three main pockets: The back, middle and front pocket. I like to organize each one with a different function:

Back pocket: School

Macbook Pro: Apple // Agenda: Lilly Pulitzer // Pencil case: Roxy (similar linked) // Laptop sleeve: Kate Spade New York // Notebook: Flame Tree Notebooks

This pocket is the biggest one, and this is where I keep all my school supplies: My laptop and its sleeve are essential for me, I use my laptop SO MUCH. I don't want it to take a lot of space so this Kate Spade sleeve has been a lifesaver! I always keep my pencil case full to the brim with pens, pencils, etc., and Roxy ones have been my favorite since junior high. As for the planner, I'm still deciding on which print, but it's gonna be a Lilly P large agenda fo sho. I loved mine so far so I'll repeat again this year. Finally, since I only have 3 classes/seminars each semester (#gradschool), I use a small notebook to take all my notes. Binders are too heavy and they are very burdensome, eventually. Oh and I also keep the books here. Not linking them because I just don't wanna look at the prices and bury in financial misery yet (#buhbyemoney).

Middle pocket: Life and lunch

Food container set: Walmart // iPhone 5c: Apple // Wristlet: Lilly Pulitzer (similar linked) // Tumbler: Lilly Pulitzer // Keychain: Fanatics

I usually have lunch at my office, so a set of containers is always handy (I always carry one though, just in case you thought I was a container hoarder). The rest are just essentials: I carry my phone in my wristlet, where I keep my cards and money, a water bottle that I carry in one of the sides of the middle pocket, and even though it looks like a TFM (Total Freshman Move), I carry my keys in a lanyard that I keep in that pocket, because it's way easier to find them that way. Seriously, no need to have them an inch close to your neck, the freshman stigma will not follow you for the rest of your college days, trust me.

Front pocket: Toiletries

Hand cream: L'Occitane // Lip stain: Revlon // Foundation: Chanel // Mini toothbrush kit: Difresh

The front pocket is small, so I stick to the basics: Hand cream, lip stain and powder foundation for touch-ups and a small toothbrush and toothpaste for when I eat out, as well as feminine products and medicine. The pocket is small, but it can still hold all of this!

My life is definitely not organized, but whenever I go to school, this system makes my life a little easier. How about you? How do you organize your backpack?


- Ane


  1. Love your picks!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  2. These are some lovely finds, I especially love the Kate Spade sleeve! Adore her stationary at the moment :D your blog is so pretty!

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  3. Well first off your backpack is adorable, I'm in love!! I love North Face backpacks they help me to stay organized during the school year!
    xo, Syd

    1. Thanks Syd!! It's my first North Face backpack and I'm very happy about it, hopefully it lasts forever! :)