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The Definitive Back to School Checklist




This definitive list for Elementary through High School comes courtesy of Real Simple -

Elementary School


  • 1 art smock
  • 1 backpack large enough to fit a lunch box, folders, and supplies
  • 1 box of crayons (16-count)
  • 1 pack of washable markers (8-count)
  • 1 bottle of glue (8 ounces)
  • 4 glue sticks
  • 2 freezer packs for lunch boxes
  • Packaged hand wipes (slip them into lunch boxes for wiping dirty hands before snack time)
  • Hooded waterproof jacket for drizzly days on the playground
  • 1 large pink eraser
  • 1 lunch bag or lunch box
  • 4 No. 2 pencils
  • Packaged snacks (healthy choices include pretzels, nuts—if allowed—and dried fruit)
  • Plastic crayon keeper or box to store craft projects
  • Plastic drink container with flip top to stop spills before they happen
  • Plastic toolbox to store scissors, glue, and other supplies
  • 4 folders with pockets
  • Pocket tissue packs
  • 1 pair of safety scissors
  • Shoes with slip-proof soles to prevent playground accidents
  • 1 small pencil sharpener
  • Small umbrella
  • Resealable gallon-sized plastic bags for taking home craft projects


Middle School


  • Agenda or planner to keep track of homework assignments
  • Backpack
  • Binder (Zippered or nonzippered)
  • Binder dividers
  • 1 binder per subject
  • Compass (one without a sharp metal point will be the safest)
  • 1 folder per subject for handouts
  • 2 highlighters in different colors
  • 1 pack of No. 2 pencils (12-count)
  • Loose-leaf paper (wide-ruled)
  • Pens
  • Protractor
  • Ruler
  • Mini stapler
  • 1 three-subject spiral notebook
  • Zip drive or USB drive to save work done on home and school computers


High School


  • Agenda or planner to keep track of homework assignments
  • Backpack
  • Binder dividers
  • 1 binder per subject
  • 1 folder per subject for handouts
  • Calculator, if allowed
  • 2 highlighters in different colors
  • 1 pack of No. 2 pencils (12-count)
  • Loose-leaf paper (college-ruled or wide- ruled)
  • 2 packages of 1/4-inch graph paper
  • Pens
  • Ruler
  • Mini stapler
  • 1 three- or five-subject spiral notebook
  • Zip drive or USB drive to save work done on home and school computers


How to Sling Your Sling Binder

Sling Landing Page


If you bought a Sling binder from a Target store or plan to in the near future, above are the instructions for how to attach and use your shoulder strap on this unique binder.

The versatility is one of the amazing features of this binder. It’s more than a binder.

Check it out and find it at your local Target store exclusively.


Case•it TV Reviews Channel Sneak Peek

Here’s a sneak peak of what we have in store.

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More to come.


Students Organizing Students: Revisited

This comes from our SOS (Students Helping Students) blog from last summer (2013) in which students offer their peers advise on getting better organized in life, school, play and at home. In that spirit we want to carry the conversation forward this year. So join us in a conversation from student to student as we learn to get our lives in order so we can Organize. Excel. Be Cool.

Share your videos, thoughts, ideas on, Case•it TV on YouTube, our Facebook page  or right here. We’d love to hear your thoughts.




Back to School Basic Training – Things You Need to Have

Everything you need for school fits right in here - The Universal.

We love this time of year here at Case•it.

It’s what we spend the bulk of the year working toward — that is getting all our friends and fans ready and rarin’ for the new school year.

We want to be sure that when July and August roll around, you have access to the best Back to School binders, accessories and other products for organizing your world.

That said, we put together a list of items you must remember to get your hands on for the school year ahead. Please feel free to use this as a check list:

Anything else you can think of? Comment on it or post it to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

We’ll add it to our list and publish the full check list for August.


The Universal holds even a change of clothes and a snack.

Back to School Locker Organization

Here’s one student’s take on how to decorate your locker and have fun with it.

She’s all about Back to School supplies, which we love.


Case•it Designs: Faster and Sleeker Than Ever

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Helpful Video: Organizing to Help Your Parents

Now here’s a young person who clearly has his priorities in order:

Home Organizing Planner – Summer Project!

Case•it Humor: You Have to See This!

Win 2 FREE Binders for Sharing Yours!


Organizing your life need not be a chore. It can fun and even personal. Many of our biggest supporters take the time to add a personal touch to their favorite binders, mostly because they believe in their efforts to organize themselves so much that they want to put their stamp on the tools they use to stay organized.

It’s for this reason that Case•it wants to celebrate our community. For the next couple months, we will be asking our fans to share their favorite personalized binders with the rest of the community by uploading images of those binders to Facebook. We will take many of them and post them to our web site at for voting and give our community a chance to vote on the ones they like best.

In addition, anyone who submits an image will be entered to win two FREE binders of their choice.

Just upload your image to our Facebook fan page. We’ll review and select them for our voting both and open voting.

Remember, you can be organized and still have your own personal style. Binders are always best when they are customized to reperesent their owners.

So get organized; get a binder; and get down to business.


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