Our favourite back-to-school stationery ... for grown-ups

It might be back-to-school season, which means packed lunches, dark mornings and alarm clocks, but it also means new stationery.

Packed lunches, school uniforms and early alarm clocks. These are what comes with mind with the end of summer and subsequently the beginning of a new school year. Whether you're coaxing a little one into a stiff-collared shirt or working out your new college schedule, September can be a long month of forcing new habits.

The one aspect that doesn't make everyone grimace in misery is the idea of new stationery. What is it about blank pages, new pens that are just the right thickness and sitcky notes that are almost too cute to use that bring people such joy?

Whether you're enrolled for the new school year or simply love stationery (guilty) we've got your fix sorted.


Keep track

The best way to start a new year is to get your head straight, spill out your goals in a gorgeous notebook like this one from Cork company Badly Made Books.

Other Seas A5 - mixed rule, €18.00, badly made books

Plan ahead and keep on top of your busy schedule with this cute calendar from Hunter Paper Co.

Calendar block with monthly letterpress printed sheets, €12.50, Hunter Paper Co.

Stay Organised


It's always the first week in which you feel on top of everything. As the weeks go on, bit by bit things can start to pile up and lead to an inevitable mini-breakdown. Stay organised with these feline reminders from Muji.

Sticky memo cats, €3.85, Muji

Keep track of every piece of paper or note with this clear folder organiser with neon orange edging from Urban Outfitters.

Lund London filing rack, €19, Urban Outfitters

Get creative


Did you know that doodling is actually a great practice to get into? It has heaps of benefits according to Harvard Medical School.  The online journal discovered that if you’re struggling to concentrate, a time-limited doodle expedition could be just the thing you are looking for. This downtime gives your brain a break, allowing you to more creatively solve a problem at hand. So grab some pens and get scribbling.





Gel ink pen set €12.50, Designist


Make as many mistakes as you like with the coolest rubber, ever. You can even split them up and give it to your friends if you're feeling generous.

Cube erasers €1.00, Designist

After a summer of holidays and fun, it's hard to see the advantages of getting the back to school season. But a new schedule will train your mind, narrow your focus and make you more productive. And some sweet stationery can only help all your big plans along.

Featured image: Paperchase available in Arnotts Dublin


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