Back to School: Cut the clutter with easy tips to get organized
Good organization is efficient prioritizing. Know what is most important for you and work to make those things easier to handle.
For those of you who have some difficulties with organization, here are some tips.
1. You do not need to buy everything.
Many feel overwhelmed with buying school supplies and décor for a dorm.
More often than not, you will not use most of what you buy, which simply clutters your room or makes your backpack heavier.
Remember: Everything you move into your dorm you will move out later.
2. Size and weight matter.
When you buy storage items, make sure their size is proportional to what you are storing.
Small items like hair accessories are best kept in small containers. If the container is too big, you will lose time searching through wasted space.
3. Keep an eye on the clock.
Time can be the hardest thing to organize.
Be efficient by planning what can be done at your dorm and what needs to be done elsewhere. Eliminate travel time.
Hanging closet organizers are great for storing shoes, purses, hats, scarves and belts in one small space to free up room in an awkward (or tiny) closet.
Colored plastic hangers can make it easy to organize your wardrobe by type, season or primary color. Pants hangers with several crossbars help, too.
Color-coding each class streamlines your desk and backpack, cutting down on confusion and mistakes, such as grabbing the wrong notebook or folder.
Invest in a daily or weekly planner to help you keep track. Schedule time for homework — don’t expect to finish it during breaks between classes.
Small storage containers will waste less space. Resealable plastic bags also work nicely for odds and ends because they’re see-through.
Store similar stuff in each large container to make it easier to find again. Stack containers with the heaviest ones on the bottom to keep moving easy.