Do you find your pens, pencils, and markers a complete mess inside your pencil case? If so, better start tidying up and organizing your stuff. It may sound a bit tedious, but with proper knowledge on how to organize your pencil case, you’ll get the work done, fast and as if you found that #mariekondo spirit inside you. Read on and be guided with this challenging yet fun activity!
Why Use a Pencil Case?
Having lots of supplies for writing and drawing, especially in your workspace, makes you deal with clutter such as pens, pencils, and markers. At times, when you’re in need of a pen in a pinch, you have to dig in through your purse or bag which can cause major pain and waste of time.
That’s when the need for a pencil case arises. You can use your case to gather together any loose writing and drawing tools giving you a more organized space or bag. Traveling with your pencil case will keep your pens handy and always on the go.
How to Choose the Perfect Pencil Case?
Pencil cases come in different sizes, styles, and features. Choosing the best one depends greatly on your needs and personality. Be sure to choose what fits you best as it will be your day to day companion.
- Size and Capacity
The size of the pencil case may vary from small to large ones. Usually, a standard size of a pencil case can hold around one to two kilograms of stuff. The small pocket-sized cases are perfect for commuting especially if you have few pencils to keep. The big-sized pencil cases can hold and store lots of pens, pencils, and markers and are more advisable to artists.
The outer materials used in making pencil cases may vary. It may have a hard or soft, rough or smooth surface. Some may opt to have DIY pencil cases and use recyclable materials.
- Shape and Style
Pencil cases can come in the form of a briefcase, folding book-style, bag, or roll and wrap. Some may have a loop for each pen while others are just pouches or easels for pencils.
- Binder Pouch Style
This type of pencil case usually comes with two or more compartments that perfectly fit into a binder. However, it can make the binder difficult to close and at times can cause breakage.
- Separate Pouch or Case
This easy-to-carry pencil case usually has one big and visible open compartment for better storage and accessibility. However, the separate pouch can easily be left behind or misplaced.
- Duct Tape Craft Case
This water-resistant and inexpensive pencil case offers a modern look. However, it can be used only with the presence of a pocket clip to hold your pens, pencils, and other tools.
The colors or shades of pencil cases range from light to dark. Lighter ones are more prone to stains and pencil marks as compared to the darker shades.
Pencil cases should always be made to protect your pens and pencils from breakage. At the same time, it should also protect you from pricking or stabbing while in storage, especially if you always bring it along with you in your bag.
- Extra Features
Some pencil case units can hold accessories such as erasers and sharpeners. It may also come with larger loops, pockets, or straps for your wrist.
How to Organize Your Pencil Case?
Listed below is a simple yet very efficient way on how you can keep your pencil case clean and in order.
1. Get the actual pencil case.
After deciding on the pencil case to use, it is best to familiarize yourself with its parts and compartments. Know its capacity to determine the writing and drawing tools that you can keep and bring along using your pencil case.
2. Get the supplies needed.
Be sure to periodically check all the supplies you need. It is highly recommended to have a supply list for better monitoring of your tools. You can also experiment with the things you need and those that you can do without.
3. Group alike supplies together.
Determine which items should come with one another. Group them accordingly as to pens, pencils, markers, etc. You can tie them together using elastic bands. Pencils can be grouped according to their classifications. Colored pens can be sorted through their color family as described by the manufacturer’s color chart.
4. Arrange your stuff properly.
If you are using a single compartment case, it is important to place the commonly used and most favorite items on top of everything or at the opening part of your pencil case. This will ensure easy access to the supplies you frequently need.
For those using pencil case with compartments or loops, be sure to arrange them accordingly for a more convenient and organized palette. Keep a variety of pencils organized and colored pens well coordinated.
Erasers and sharpeners should also be placed on their designated area on the pencil case. This is to ensure accessibility and safety especially on the sharp edge of the sharpener.
You can have your own organization system especially if multiple pockets are present. Always find the perfect system that works for you and adjust them according to your needs.
Helpful Tips in Organizing
- Try to sort out your pencil case once a week. Throw out stuff that runs out and those you don’t really need.
- Sharpen your pencils every weekend. If possible, use a sharpener that catches the shavings of your pencils.
- Never worry if your pencil case doesn’t stay neat and comes with stains. Just always make sure to keep it as nice and as organized as possible.
- Keep it simpler. Remember, the simpler, the better!
The numerous writing and drawing tools on your workspace or on your bag is no longer a problem as long as you have a pencil case. Knowing how to organize your pencil case will help you gather your stuff for more convenience and better accessibility of those you frequently need and use. Now that you’re aware of the advantages of using a pencil case, it’s time to grab one and start fixing your pens, pencils, markers, and other stuff.