gtso

Welcome to the first ever post in my Guide To Staying Organized!

Lesson #1: Calendars 

If there is one thing that has saved me multiple times both throughout my education and my health journey, it would be a calendar. Calendars are a great way to organize your thoughts, map out the future, and keep track of progress! So today I will be giving you a couple of tips that I use to stay organized. 

1. Get your hands on a calendar, planner, or whatever works for you! During the school year I am never without my planner, but during the summer I prefer to stick to simple calendars. The one in the photo above can be found here for free!

2. Color code like your life depends on it. These pens are one of the greatest purchases I have ever made, and they are perfect for keeping your activities in check. You can color code what you need to based on your lifestyle! For me, pink is work, orange is fun activities, yellow is college visits, blue is volunteer work, green is when I receive my paycheck, and purple is for my work outs!

3. Keep your calendar up to date! As soon as plans are finalized, add them to your calendar, that way you are always up to date! It’s important to know your own schedule, no one wants to be the person who is always cancelling because they forgot they had other plans. 

4. Check everything off! Nothing feels better than checking off a great workout, a successful day, or a big test. It gives you a sense of accomplishment like no other! You could even use stickers for a fun twist. 

Remember that you should do whatever works best for your lifestyle - but also keep in mind that a little organization never hurt anybody! Keeping all of your plans in line takes a lot of stress out of the future, and leads to a more productive mind. Have fun making calendars of your own!

4

Hey everyone! Welcome to the second post in my Guide To Staying Organized! The first one went over very well (you can find it here) so I’m very excited about this next one! 

Lesson #2: Bulletin Boards

If you’re like me, you hold onto various mementos from the past - and then have nowhere to put them. Mine usually gather in a drawer somewhere, and just create clutter. Well today we are going to make ourselves a place to put them! That’s right, we are going to make our very own bulletin boards. 

1. Gather your supplies! In the first image you can see I have a cute little tin filled with binder clips, paper clips, rubber bands, and push pins. I got this at Walgreen’s for seventy cents! Next I have the things I would like to put on my bulletin board, a bead necklace, and white spray paint. Most importantly I have a bulletin board I bought from Target for about $7. You can find it here!

2. Spray paint the frame and add the beads! The furniture and trim in my room are all white, and I wanted my bulletin board to match that. If you like the appearance of the wood, this part is completely optional! I just went out in the garage, and gave my board two coats of spray paint. After letting it fully dry, cut your strand of beads in half, and using the glue gun secure the beads to the top and bottom edges of the board. You can also chose to add beads to the sides, or to the whole border!

3. Decorate your board! Here comes the fun part. Using the push pins, you can add whatever you want to the bulletin board! I chose to add the calendar we made here, some pictures, ticket stubs, a cute comic, and an inspirational poster. You could also make this a themed board for just about any occasion! 

I’m very excited about my bulletin board, and it has a permanent spot in my room from now on. If any of you make this, I would love to see it! Tag your bulletin boards #jessicareinvented and #gtso and I will make sure to reblog it to share with everyone! Good luck and have fun!