A brand new school year is right around the corner. That means you’re probably raiding the office aisle of Target for cute notebooks and taking over the mall with all of your friends to find the best outfits. It also means you’re probably trying to figure out the best way to approach another year of note-taking, tests, and drama. You can’t get out of those, but you can set yourself up for success by putting together some clever routines.

Get a Clothing Rack or a Valet Pole

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You have probably seen plenty of back to school hacks that recommend setting out your clothes the night before. But, we recommend taking it one step further. Get a clothing rack to keep in your room or get a valet pole to install in your closet and put together multiple outfits ahead of time. Not only do well-organized clothing racks make for great “decor,” you can also have several pre-planned outfits ready to go to save yourself time in the morning. Going through your closet to find the perfect outfit is stressful! Save yourself the headache, and use the extra time to have a good breakfast.

Minimize Your Supplies

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One of the most common mistakes people make when it’s time to go back to school is loading themselves down with too many supplies. When you’re packing your bag, take a step back. Do you really need 12 different colors of the same pen? Or six different patterns of sticky notes? Probably not. Leave the unnecessary supplies at home (no matter how cute they are). You’ll thank yourself later. If you can, it is even better to go digital where you can. If you can take notes on an iPad instead of carrying around a heavy binder, go for it! You’ll save space for the textbooks your inevitably be carrying, and you can even record your lessons for studying after class.


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Most schools have a no cell phone policy. So, you probably aren’t scrolling through your Instagram feed during class. But, thinking about social media and all the notifications you’re getting can be distracting and stressful. Put all of your electronics on Do Not Disturb while you’re in class. That way, even if you aren’t looking at them, the little notification bubbles and vibrations in your pocket won’t be distracting you. (You can always find out what everyone is up to later.)

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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.