If you know me well, you know I am picky when it comes to selecting organizing supplies. In this video, I show you the best binders and dividers to use when it comes to organizing papers in the home office or for school. What are your favorite organizing tips when it comes to organizing papers in a binder? What are your favorite dividers inside your binder? Leave a comment or create a video response and let me see!


Video Details

Hi everyone, it’s Alejandra. And I’m sitting here inside my home office. And today, I’m going to do a quick video on my favorite type of binders and dividers to use in the home office or for school inside of your backpack. So that said, let me show you my favorite type of binder.

Best Binders & Dividers to Use for Home Office or School Papers

This is my favorite type of binder and it’s made by Staples. Staples came out with these binders about four, five years ago and at the time, they only have like five different colors. And now if you go to Staples, they have like literally 20 different colors in all sizes. It’s pretty cool. And when you have like 10 or 15 of these binders on a single shelf like in color-coded rainbow order, it looks so pretty.

Best Binders & Dividers to Use for Home Office or School Papers

Best Binders & Dividers to Use for Home Office or School Papers

So this is what the binders look like when they’re all together on the shelf in color-coded order and everything is labeled with the exception of that one white binder. That’s not labeled. But doesn’t it just look consistent, neat, and organized? I just love it. That’s one of the reasons why I like this binder because of the variety of colors and how even and consistent it all looks in one shelf.

But let me get to like the real reason why I like them. And I’m kind of like an office supply snob, if that makes sense. You probably – if you haven’t seen my office supply video, my other office supply video or if you have seen it then you know that I’m really picky with the stuff I use. So when I find something I like, I stick to it.

Qualities of a Great Binder

So going back to the binder, this is my favorite binder. The first reason why I really like this binder is the spine. I like how the spine has like a dedicated section for the label just like this. Like some of the regular size binders or the regular style binders have a spine that you can label the whole section and a lot of times, the label it comes with like once you pull it out, it’s really hard to get it back in because the paper is too flimsy or too thin and then I don’t know, I just don’t just like it. It’s hard to label the spine.

So, this is really easy to label and it comes with the template inside of here. Let me pull it out and show you guys. OK. So this is the template it comes with. And if you mess up the front, you can just label the back. So I really like that.

And then I really like how the rings are on the back panel of the binder, not the spine itself. Sometimes when they’re on the spine, the papers kind of get caught when you close this. And the ring is on the spine, the papers kind of get messed up or I don’t really know if that was a good explanation but I like how the binder rings are on the back of the binder.

BETTER Binders Rings ON Back

BETTER Binder’s Close Neatly Because the Rings are on the Back of the Binder

And then I also like how the front of the binder has a section to put a cover page or to put title page so you can have a custom title page or you could use your creativity to come up with something that’s like stylish or pretty. And then I like how the front of the inside cover has this little section for putting papers here also.

So those are the things I look for in a binder. And this binder just totally meets my needs and so that’s why I use them. So this binder, I’m going to show you quickly what’s inside this binder. This is where I keep all of my picture labels like the pictures that I put in the front of the shoe boxes. So I have dividers and then I label the dividers with the name of the room so there’s bathroom, there’s toys, there’s crafts, garage. And then behind each divider, I have all the pictures.

So these are all the pictures for the bathroom and then there are some toy pictures like this. And I don’t have kids so these toy pictures were from when I used to travel to people’s houses and help them declutter, people that had kids. And then crafts are back here. So anyways, that’s just the side note on how to organize your pictures if you have pictures.

The Best Binder Dividers

Let me quickly talk about the dividers. The dividers inside this binder are not my favorite. I think they were like $0.99 on clearance a few years ago and I liked how they were colorful so I bought them and I’m using them. They’re functional. They work. But they’re not the dividers that are my favorite that I’m going to show you next.

The Best Binder Dividers

So these are my favorite dividers. They are color-coded and they are made by – these ones are Staples brand. Avery makes a more expensive version. But the Staples brand works just as well. They are just as high a quality for a fraction of the price. So I like how they’re color-coded. When I saw them, I was immediately drawn to them because of the pretty colors. But I also like how it has a cover page on the very front so you could just label each of the sections instead of having to label each of the tabs on the dividers itself because yeah, I don’t really like labeling tabs. I prefer to label one cover sheet and then just have this says like the “legend” for the rest of the binder.

So these are my favorite dividers. Again, they are Staples brand. I don’t know how much they are up-hand but you can just go to and check it out. So those are my favorite binders. They are the only binder that I use inside my home office.

If you have a favorite binder that you absolutely love and want to tell me about, I would love to hear. Leave a comment below and let me know what it is because I would love to read it.

About Alejandra

About Alejandra

Since 2008, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 100+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and “The Decluttering Queen” by Good Morning America, Alejandra’s expertise has been featured in The New York Times,, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. 


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