A little - or not so little - playlist to help you through your work if it’s studying, preparing for exams, writing out notes or doing homework. This playlist has mainly classical and instrumental music but also features some more upbeat music to give your mind a break every once in a while. Enjoy! Listen to it here

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STUDENT ROOM IDEAS #003: SPACE SAVING & ORGANISATION

Most dorm rooms aren’t exactly the most spacious places to be. And if you’re doing stupidly huge amounts of work, you might want to be in a clutter-free environment to let your head be clear. So here I have some clutter-freeing, space saving ideas for you! Bullet points are in the order of the photos, left to right, top to bottom.

  • Use patterned paper to personally decorate some drab, white storage boxes. You can get patterned paper from general craft stores or you could even try wrapping paper since it comes in bulk!
  • Use old cereal boxes to make draw organisers to sort out your stationary or files.
  • You can recycle your old tins to make them more stationary holders for your desk and decorate them accordingly!
  • You can attach binder clips to the end of your desk to organise wires and chargers, simple and easily done on a budget.
  • Use a shower caddy, which can usually be found for less than £10 (so it’s money well spent), to organise your school books!
  • After you’ve finished your Pepsi or any other canned drink, attach the tap on to your clothes hanger to make use of small cupboard spaces!
  • Use decorative paper to give colour to bland storage boxes.
  • Buy a magnetic strip to gather up all your hair clips, you could even tuck it away by hiding it in a bathroom cabinet.

Build & Organise a Corner Shelving System // A Beautiful Mess

Shelving is necessary, and if not you clearly don’t have much/enough stuff. You collect things in your years of life, even if not purposely. Whether you have a bunch of books, tourist knick knacks or a boatload of rubber ducks, shelving can do no wrong.

But it’s a large piece of furniture, in comes the corner shelves and bam that once pesky corner that you never really knew what to put in it is now beautifully styled and neatly organised. I love how they left a large space and hung a picture in there. Lovely.  

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A lovely gift from someone who knows me very well: seed storage envelopes! 

Organisational variables include:

  • Frø art / Frösort = Seed Species
  • Plante sort / Växsort = Plant Variety
  • Farve / Färg = Colour
  • Frø høstet / Frö skördat = Seeds harvested
  • Indsamlet af / Samlats av =  Collected by
  • Noter / Anteckningar = Notes

These particular ones are in Danish and Swedish, respectively, but there are also English versions available online:

(USA)  

(UK)

For larger seed, there are tubes:

(UK)

By the way, for those of you who are really in to “thingsfittingperfectlyintothings​” and “thingsorganizedneatly​”-type imagery, I’ve been tagging the many ways in which people store seeds as #organisation. Check it out if you are looking for inspiration on how to organise your seeds!

Origami seed envelopes, by nobalcony

Origami seed envelopes by hqcreations

Test tube seeds by greenplantreligion

Seed organiser by greeneyescultiver

Seed box (USA / UK) by katesgarden

Handmade seed packets with type-written IDs by lacoumeille

My seed binder

& more, under #organisation

anonymous said:

Hey! So I'm looking to be more organized next year with note taking. What I've already planned to do is take notes from a lecture/textbook, highlight and annotate what's important, and then copy down final notes. However, I'm not sure how I want to go about doing final notes. Should I use colored pen? Highlight over normal pen? Some of both? I don't want it to look like a rainbow puked on the page, but I want it to be appealing and still neat. How do you take notes? & what do you suggest?thanks!

Well, if you don’t want it to look like a rainbow puked on your note sheets, then you should used a plain pen to take your notes, and then highlight it with some color. Let’s see what I do: 

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As you can see, I used a plain pen (just a simple blue bic byro, no fancy pens) to take all my notes. Then, I used a bit of color to highlight important things, but when I’m highlighting my own notes, not printed ones, I like to use normal colored markers, because it looks more neat and not so brightly colored. I only use the highlighters with printed notes and books. However, this is what works for me. 

If you have to paint graphics, diagrams or that kind of thing, I would suggest leaving a blank space beside the explanation of that draw. In physiology, our professor explained every graphic, so I just wrote down the important things about the explanations and then I painted the graphic or diagram myself. That way it looked better and I could have both things! 

Just try and see what is better for you, I used to take my notes with different colored pens at the beginning, but it took up much time, so I simply went for the blue gyro and then I colored it when needed. I also use pastel colored markers, like blue and pink and yellow and soft green, because otherwise they look too strident for me, but there are people who work better with neon highlighters, so that just depends on you! 

Using small colored post-its, like the ones you see in the photos, can also help to make your simple notes into a more colored and appealing thing, I just love post-its!!! 

Hope this helped at least to give you some ideas!! 

Meaningful action, for revolutionaries, is whatever increases the confidence, the autonomy, the initiative, the participation, the solidarity, the equalitarian tendencies and the self-activity of the masses and whatever assists in their demystification. Sterile and harmful action is whatever reinforces the passivity of the masses, their apathy, their cynicism, their differentiation through hierarchy, their alienation, their reliance on others to do things for them and the degree to which they can therefore be manipulated by others – even by those allegedly acting on their behalf.
—  Solidarity, As We See It/Don’t See It

Ok so most of the time people don’t understand why i write almost everything and took notes all the time and love planners and agenda so i made a few drawing to explain this :

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This is how people who don’t need planners seems to work. Things are organized in their head they don’t write that much. They says « i have good memory » or things like that. Things seems to take place logically in their heads and they can do 2 or 3 things in the same time like work and talk in the same time or whatever.

My head is more like that :

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Things come from everywere in the same time and they are not in order and i’m just overmelted with informations sometimes. I try to think about some serious things and in the same time i remember i want to make researchs about something and i have an idea for a drawing i’m afraid i’m gonna forget and i just remembered i have to go to an appointment and oh i can’t think i have to write. So i write.

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Planners and organizers allow me to slow down the informations and help me to think. This is why i love theses so much. Most of the time people don’t get it, they tell me « if you don’t make you memory work you will never remain anything ». But i tried, really, and i just can’t. Writing down things is how i work, period. (And technically writing things help me to memorise them so… )

This note is relative for my current obsession with Hobonichi, Filofax, Midori travelers notebook and the bullet journal system i have been using for a few days and already love a lot because it match my love for to do list perfectly.

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