Step 1: Materials Needed
-small back pack. Mine has two compartments the biggest being 10 inches wide, 13 inches long and about 3 inches tall and a secondary compartment which is 10 inches wide, 7 1/5 inches long and about 2 inches tall.
- A folder which to put papers that would be brought home from school (a take home folder). This is vital to make this work.
-binders, if you have to have binders for school try to use ones smaller than 1 inch. Regularly clean out unneeded paper to prevent clutter. If you need it for study material for things like finals make a designated folder or place at home where you can put these.
-pencil case, a small pencil case is useful as well. Put only the things you need in it.
-A portable device such as a phone or iPod touch which can take photos. I use this all the time to take pictures of text book pages instead of carrying a giant book. If you don't have one of these photo copy works to get single text book pages.
-anything else that is nessacery such as a day planer or calculator (I use a slide rule). Try to limit what you carry to the bare minimum.
-pins, patches and anything else you could use to personalize your bag.
Step 2: Take Home Folder.
I use a simple folder where I put any materials that I would need to take home. This is very helpful because I don't need to bring home an entire binder.
In my folder I ideally put paper clips to keep the papers for classes together I keep some extra pined to the folder and in my pencil case. This strategy is very useful for lightening the load tremendously. This goes in the main compartment along with the day planer if you use one.
Step 5: Pencil Case
I have a simple polyester pencil case that was given to me as a gift. It's 8 inches long and 6 1/5 inches tall and it fits a decent amount of supplies. I carry a pen, a few pencils and some basic colored sharpie markers. You may use some other things I also carry a slide rule but it doesn't fit in so I just keep that in the small compartment. The pencil case goes in the small compartment along with other small materials.
Step 6: Taking Photos of Textbooks:
Texts books are heavy, especially when you have to carry three of them. Instead of taking the entire thing home taking pictures of the pages works much better. After taking the pictures of the text book I usually email it to my iPad or computer so I can see it full size. When taking pictures of text books it is important to get the entire page. If your device cannot do this break the photos into sections which you can put back together later on. If you don't have access to this (everyone should) use a xerox machine, a scanner or a photocopying machine.
Step 7: Customizing Your Bag (optional)
I have a couple of pins that I have gotten over the years which would fit nicely I also put a patch I made advertising my favorite band. Be creative. I also put a QR code I in the event that lose my bag someone could contact me.
Step 9: Finished!
I hope that this has helped you, everyone is different so feel free to change up how you organize your bag. Please vote for me for the organization contest.