Now that this semester is in full swing, it’s essential to keep both your life and your brain in order. I know for some that may be easier said than done, but it doesn’t have to be. As we all know, SMU isn’t a cakewalk, and you have to stay on top of your game to be successful. If you’re anything like me, organization comes to you naturally. If you’re not like me, however, I’ve got you covered.

Get ready to say goodbye to the hot mess express with these cute and useful items:


Three words: Stoney Clover Lane. SCL is an entirely customizable brand. Their products range from pouches and backpacks (both pictured below) to duffle bags and packing cubes (yes, organization even for traveling – how fun is that!!). At this rate, I really should buy stock in their company because I own far too many of their products… if that’s even possible. Click here to explore all the unique customization options that Stoney Clover Lane has to offer!

Stoney Clover Lane: Small Pouch
Stoney Clover Lane: Small Pouch Photo credit: Stoney Clover Lane
Stoney Clover Lane: Backpack
Stoney Clover Lane: Backpack Photo credit: Stoney Clover Lane


While this may be the most cliché path to an organized lifestyle, it may also be the most beneficial. I love having a planner because there are unlimited ways you can make it your own. Color coding, washi tape, or some fun stickers can take it from a simple book of empty pages to a vibrant and fun place to write down your day-to-day activities (and, of course, homework too). Click here or here to customize the cutest planners (as seen below)!

Custom Planner
Custom Planner Photo credit: Paper Source
Custom Planner
Custom Planner Photo credit: Erin Condren

Dry Erase Wall Calendars

This is my favorite addition to my dorm room. I highly recommend buying even the smallest variation of one for your wall. I’m sure it would be helpful for all types of learners, but personally, I am a visual learner and sometimes forget to refer to my planner to see what’s up. Having this calendar on my wall ensures that I will not fail to complete all the frivolous little tasks that Canvas has in store for me each night. And the best part? It’s REUSABLE! I got mine from Amazon. Click here or here to get your hands on the calendars listed below!

Wall Calendar
Wall Calendar Photo credit: C.R. Gibson
Wall Calendar
Wall Calendar Photo credit: Amazon

Now it’s time to channel your inner Marie Kondo… you won’t regret it!

Maddie Crisp

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