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Okay, time to get organized! Let’s do it.
I’m always looking for ways to get more organized in life whether it relates to school, my room, travel, or electronics. I want it all to be organized. Each of these tips is small by themselves, but by using them together you will notice a significant difference in how you feel and how your space looks.
Now, drum roll, please… haha I’m just kidding. Let’s get started.
1. Make a to-do list
To-do lists help you plan your day and keep you more productive. They can also help if you feel overwhelmed because they make the tasks seem manageable.
You can create daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists, but I usually just stick to daily.
I prefer to write my to-do lists using pen and paper, but you can also type them into your phone or laptop. Personally, it is so satisfying to cross off a task after I complete it instead of tapping my phone.
2. Set time limits for tasks
It is easy to spend too much time on tasks for school, work, or just for fun. In order to make the most of your time, set timers for how long you want to work on a given task.
This can also make you feel more motivated to complete tasks and less distracted. When I set a timer to complete something, I make sure that I don’t go on my phone and give 100% of my energy to what I’m doing.
For example, if I was needing to do my summer reading, but didn’t feel motivated to start (which is usually the case), then I could set a 30-minute timer to dedicate my time and energy.
3. Clean as you go
Cleaning as you go will save you so much time by the end of the week or month. This rule applies to clean your room, kitchen, or any other space you might be in.
When cooking, clean everything after you use it so then when you finish cooking all you have to do is dry your dishes and put them away. This can help make you feel less overwhelmed and be more productive.
4. Spend 2 minutes every morning picking up your room
Immediately after you wake up and get ready for the day, you should spend a short period of time cleaning your room. This should be included in your morning routine and shouldn’t even take 5 minutes. If you would like to learn more about my morning routine then comment below or send me a message!
You’d be surprised how much you can get done and how much better you’ll feel in such a short period of time.
5. Make your bed
Making your bed every morning is something everyone’s parents have told them to do. It might seem annoying that they keep telling you this (and it is), but it is so worth it.
Personally I have found that making my bed makes me feel more productive and put together. It can only take a minute to make your bed, so why not just do it?
6. Go to bed with a cleanroom
By this point of the post you probably are thinking I’m a little OCD or have a cleaning obsession (both of which are most likely true), but trust me.
Before I go to bed, I like to make sure everything is put away. This means clothes on the floor, supplies thrown on my desk, and putting away products in my bathroom.
I find it much easier to sleep when everything is put away and clean. It gives me peace of mind.
7. Set out your outfit for the next day the night before
Picking an outfit the night before is so important, especially for students! It creates less stressful mornings and allows you to spend more time picking a bomb outfit.
8. Look at the weather the night before or in the morning
Have you ever gotten dressed for a warm sunny day, only to step outside into rain? To prevent this from happening again, make sure you check the weather the night before or in the morning.
It helps if you have an Alexa because then you can just ask her what the weather is without having to take out your phone.
9. Arrange your closet by type and color
Arranging your closet by type and color is super helpful when trying to find an article of clothing when you’re in a hurry.
First organize your clothes by pants, shorts, skirts, t-shirts, athletic shirts, dress shirts, dresses, sweaters, etc. Then put them into color groups. I like to have my closet in order of a rainbow.
10. Utilize notes app to your advantage
The notes app on your iPhone can often be neglected but is so useful. It can be used to write down grocery lists, journal entries, passwords (more about that in #18), and other lists.
A special feature the notes app has is being able to lock your notes. This can be especially helpful if you have information you don’t want others to see.
11. Spend 5 minutes every day clearing emails
Emails can build up quickly, so make sure to regularly go through and check them. I will spend a few minutes every morning and night going through them.
This helps me stay more up to date with all the information I need to know and keeps me more organized.
12. Use a planner
Planners are a student’s best friend (well, they should be pretty much anyone’s BFF). They keep you organized and accountable for the tasks you have to complete.
You can use my hourly planner to help you stay more organized. In this planner, you can also write down your goals, to-do lists, and your mood of the day.
It is helpful to use an hourly planner if you want or need more structure. I personally love using this one and find that I can get much more done compared to not using a planner.
13. Have separate baskets/sections for laundry
When doing laundry, it is helpful to have multiple baskets/sections to separate the clothes. Throughout the week as your clothes build-up, try to separate them into color groups (colors and whites at least).
This will allow you less time sorting through clothing and prevent a redshirt from getting into your white clothes (trust me, you don’t want all your whites looking baby pink).
14. Packing cubes
Packing cubes are a travel must-have. When in a rush, they make it easy to find any piece of clothing. Also, if you have to share a bag with a sibling, it makes it more convenient to separate your things from theirs.
Packing cubes also allow you to save a lot of space, stay organized, and come in different sizes.
15. Wake up early
I’m an early bird. I love waking up early (this morning I woke up around 5:30 AM). The morning is a perfect time for reflection and being productive.
My all-time favorite thing to do in the morning is to sit at the kitchen table and drink tea. It is always so quiet and peaceful.
16. Invest in a laundry basket, don’t leave clothes on the floor
You need to be using a laundry basket or hamper. This will keep your clothing all in one place, so when it comes to washing day you won’t forget any clothing.
It can also help keep your room cleaner, preventing clothing from being thrown on the floor.
17. Keep a notepad in the kitchen (so when you run out of something you can add it to a grocery list)
There should always be a notepad accessible in your kitchen. This is important because when you run out of a food item, you can immediately write it down and start a grocery list.
Make sure that you also have a pen close by.
18. Create a note for all passwords
As I talked about in #10, you need to be using the notes app on your phone. Specifically to keep track of all your passwords.
The notes app allows you to password protect individual notes, so if you are worried that someone might find your information then you can use this.
It is also important to not name the note that holds all your passwords, “password” (most importantly if you decide not to lock your note). This would make it obvious and then anyone can steal your information.
If you would like to learn how to lock a note, then comment below.
19. Google Drive, not Microsoft Word
Every student should be using Google Drive. It is easy to understand, automatically saves your work, and is easy to share.
If you are still using Microsoft Word, you need to stop. With Word it is easy to forget to save your work and not to mention takes up a lot of storage space.
It is easy to set up a Google account and learn how to use Drive.
20. Self-care at least 1x per week
Self-care is so important and shouldn’t be an afterthought. You should try to incorporate self-care into your weekly routine at least once.
21. Declutter phone + laptop 1x per week
Once a week you should declutter your devices meaning deleting unnecessary screenshots, going through email, deleting apps you don’t use, unsubscribing from emails, and organizing your files.
By doing a weekly cleanout you can prevent your devices from being too cluttered.
22. Have 1 binder for each class
During the school year, it is important to have 1 binder per class. I do not suggest using 1 binder for all your classes.
By having only one binder per class you can keep your materials more organized and find them quicker.
23. Check your email at least 1x per day
In order to prevent emails from backing up, you should clear your inbox at least once a day. This will keep you on top of all the information you need to know and declutter your digital space.
While clearing my inbox, I first go through and delete all unwanted emails, then I will read and go through all the rest individually.
24. Use google photos
If you have an iPhone and are running low on storage, convert to GooglePhotos. GooglePhotos saves all your images on the iCloud, therefore not taking up any storage space.
It is great if you want your photos to last and always be able to check on them.
25. Create systems, not goals
Don’t get me wrong, everyone should make goals. But, if you want to feel more satisfied, you should create healthy habits (AKA systems).
Instead of saying you want to clear your acne, create a skincare routine that you are going to stick to. Or instead of saying you want to lose 10 pounds, start eating healthier and working out.
25 Organization Ideas to Get Your S*t Together:
- Make a to-do list
- Set time limits for tasks
- Clean as you go
- Spend 2 minutes every morning picking up your room
- Make your bed
- Go to bed with a cleanroom
- Set out your outfit for the next day the night before
- Look at the weather the night before or in the morning
- Arrange your closet by type and color
- Utilize notes app to your advantage
- Spend 5 minutes every day clearing emails
- Use a planner
- Have separate baskets/sections for laundry
- Packing cubes
- Wake up early
- Invest in a laundry basket, don’t leave clothes on the floor
- Keep a notepad in the kitchen
- Create a note for all passwords
- Google Drive, not Microsoft Word
- Self-care at least 1x per week
- Declutter phone + laptop 1x per week
- Have 1 binder for each class
- Check your email at least 1x per day
- Use google photos
- Create systems, not goals
Which organization tip are you dying to try? What is your favorite way to stay organized at home, school, or life in general?
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