The binder. That ubiquitous 3-ring folder found on almost every back-to-school list. Whether it’s a slim binder or one that can hold thousands of sheets of paper, every school locker is bound to house one.
But just because binders are a staple in the education arena, does it mean that your child needs to be using one as a means to stay organized? It’s a tricky question to answer.
A tale of two sisters
When my two girls where in middle school and high school, every teacher they had chose binders as “the tool” for paper organization. My older daughter would have a different binder for every subject and loved to punch holes and order her papers in between her tabbed dividers. I would dare to say she had a slight binder addiction!
My younger daughter, however, never embraced binders like her sister. Everytime I checked her backpack, the papers in her binder would be a dishoveled mess, sticking out on every side. She hated all the steps required to keep her papers tidy in a binder and would rather shove them in the binder hoping they would hold. They didn’t.
It took awhile for me to realize that while binders are great organizational tools for some students, not all students love them. In my younger daughter’s case, she found the task of punching holes, opening the rings and sliding the papers in was just too much work. She preferred a much simpler system to keep her papers organized.
Once I understood this, I needed to find a tool that fit her organizing style.
A binder for every organizing style
Depending on your child, binders can be a great school supply or the worst thing ever. It really rests upon your child’s personality and organizing style.
Looking at my own children, I understood that my oldest daughter could use any binder – colorful, plain, slim or chunky – and she would be happy. On the other hand, my younger daughter needed a binder that would allow her to simply slide her papers in and keep moving.
Some children will only use binders if they are colorful and whimsical (to match their personality, of course!), while others want something that might be a mix of everything – color, simplicity, and structure.
When we don’t take our child’s personality and organizing style into account and “force” them into the standard binder option, we’re setting them up for organizational failure in school. It’s not that, as parents, that’s what we’re trying to do; we’re just buying what the teachers asked for. Unfortunately, that isn’t always as helpful for our students as we’d hope.
So what’s the solution?
The Samsill Answer
While there are many binders out there to fit almost every need, Samsill binders offer a wide variety, sure to meet any child’s personality and organizing style!
For the child who wants to keep it simple…Samsill’s value ring storage binders comes in 13 different basic colors and 5 ring sizes. These are perfect for those students who favor functionality over form.
For the child who is motivated to use a binder because of it’s fashion sense…..Samsill’s fashion print round ring storage binders are a guaranteed winner. Who wouldn’t want to use a binder with dazzling styles such as dots, diamonds, or mazes in an array of colors?
Does your child prefer a hybrid of the binder and the folder? Then the Samsill Duo is the perfect solution! This versatile binder is a 3-ring binder and a 7-pocket accordian folder to make it easy for those students who find they need both styles of binders to keep things organized! And with 6 different colors to choose from, it also provides the flash of style creatives will be drawn to.
When we look at our children and realize that they are unique individuals with their own organizing style, then we better understand that not all binders are created equal. Luckily, Samsill understands that as well and has an entire line of binders and portfolios to help us navigate the binder maze. They’ve created binders and folders that are unique as your child to help them stay organized all year long.
Before you head out to the store and purchase a binder hoping it will miraculously keep your student organized, I encourage you to think about your child’s personality, his or her way of organizing and the best products to fit their needs. By doing this, you’ll be helping your student find the organizing success you both desire!
How could understanding your child’s organizing style help keep them better organized?
Which Samsill binder would be a good fit for your student?
** While I was not paid to promote Samsill products, I did receive the products at no charge for review purposes.