The pantry is often one of the messiest areas of the home. Sure, you know your food is in there, but does it take you forever to find what you need? Put your pantry in order with these super smart pantry organization ideas.
A lot of people have done a what’s in my bag or a what’s in my backpack, but I don’t have much in either of those. I do have a lot in my stationery box, and here’s what’s inside! If you have k
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My messy desk downstairs! It’s a quiet morning, though my desk is pretty loud with its clutter. I’m planning on just catching up on my summer reading (The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami) and learning Mandarin. My to-do list (on the left) is pretty small too.
I love being in college. And, though my room may not always show it, I
also love being organized and productive. One of my most popular posts
on this blog is my Ultimate Guide to College Organization, and since it’s been read and shared so many times, I thought I’d make an updated, expanded guide. Here are my top 45 tips for staying organized in college!
It may seem like a lot, but you definitely don’t need to implement
all these tips. Just read them over and see which ones fit you and your
lifestyle. Above all, remember that caring for yourself is the most
important. Having an organized life on the outside means nothing if you
are not happy with yourself and your life.
1. Be motivated. I can’t stress enough how important
it is that you are motivated to tackle the mess in your life.
Otherwise, when the going gets tough, you will get sloppy. My advice is
to make a list – yes, with real pen and paper – of why you want a clean,
organized, and manageable life. Tack it up somewhere where you will see
it when you start to feel unmotivated.
3. Use only one planner. Just as important
as using a planner is only keeping one. If you have both a paper planner
and an app, or multiple planners, the odds are that something will
eventually slip between the cracks when you forget to write down your
plans in both. Also, having more than one will take up a lot of your
4. Keep it with you. During the school year, I
always have my planner on-hand. That way, if I get a new assignment,
make plans with friends, or have to schedule a doctor’s appointment, I
can write it down immediately before I forget.
5. Stick to your plans. Have a rule: if you write it down, get it done. That way, your planner is more than a helpful reminder of what you could have accomplished today: it’s an actual guide to what you will be doing.
6. Plan at the beginning of every week or month. At the beginning of every new week, sit down and write in your activities, classes, and any reminders (call Mom!)
for the coming days. I don’t have the time to do this all at once at
the beginning of my semester, so doing it on a weekly basis works for
7. Use the days-before-it’s-due system. I learned this trick over at Organize My College Life.
In your planner, use red pen to mark the day an assignment is due.
Write it out in blue pen in the two days ahead; black for three to five
days ahead; and green for six to nine days ahead. That way, you will
always see assignments coming up on the horizon, and won’t ever be
surprised by an essay that’s due tomorrow.
8. Schedule chores. Doing laundry, taking out the
trash, you name it. Planning to do this every Sunday will keep your
laundry from piling up on the floor, or your bin from overflowing.
9. Save all your syllabi. This is so important. If your professor gives you a guide to what your entire semester is going to look like, don’t lose it.
11. Make an assignment list. When I was taking five
classes, keeping an assignment list saved my tail quite a few times.
Gather all your syllabi together and make one long sheet of every day
that an assignment is due. You can see how I do it here, or learn Organized Charm’s great method over at her blog.
12. Keep to-do lists. I keep a to do list every day.
Do it in your planner, on your phone, or over email – the point is, it
will help you stay on-track.
13. Wake up at the same time every day. Whether
you’re a morning glory or a late riser, pick a time to wake up every day
and stick to it. Often I find that when I oversleep, I feel that my
morning has been “wasted” and I don’t do much work. Waking up at the
same time every day will help you avoid this and get into a set
14. Make your bed when you get up. Making your bed will keep your room clean, and will keep you from crawling back in if you’re sleepy.
15. Have a consistent schedule. Try to keep a daily
or weekly schedule that you’ll stick to. I find that I’m a lot less
productive when my schedule is all over the place.
16. Figure out your most productive time. Figure out
what time of the day you are the most productive. For some people, it’s
in the early morning before breakfast; for others, mid-afternoon, or
late at night. Find when you get the most work done and try to optimize
that time for productivity and work.
17. Stock your backpack. I have a friend who spends
15 minutes a day filling their backpack with what they need to work that
day. I find that a great time-saver is to have my backpack always
stocked with pens, my planner, and a water bottle. In the mornings, you
can slip in your laptop and a notebook and you’re ready to go!
18. Plan your outfit ahead of time. I used to spend
forever in the mornings picking my outfit. Now I go to bed with a vague
idea of what I’ll wear the next day. It helps me save time in the
mornings to know what I want.
19. Clean-desk policy. I admit that I consistently
fail at this, but I know that my boyfriend finds it very useful. At the
end of every night, try to have a clear desk, with just your computer,
lamp, or books on it, and no clutter. It will keep your room tidy and
make it easier to find what you need in the morning.
20. Clean-floor policy. Ditto with the floor. Again,
this is a weak spot for me, but I try not to have any clutter on my
floor during the week so that it is easier to get and find what I need.
21. Spend 5 minutes a day cleaning. Seriously, you
will be amazed at what you can do in five minutes a day. When I’m having
a hard time staying motivated to keep organized, these few minutes at a
time save me from total chaos.
Step 3) Find a design, links for some of my personal inspirations will be linked down below, or format that suits your liking. If any of those aren’t your cup of tea don’t feel like you have to choose one, make it your own and have fun!!!
Step 4) Decorate, decorate, DECORATE!!! This, again, is completely optional but don’t be afraid to spice up your journal with anything you like. Stickers, magazine cutouts, ribbon, washi tape, jewels, sequins, pictures, sticky notes, basically anything that you like!
What I use: I use sticky notes, washi tape, flags, and stickers
Step 5) Start your journey to a new style of organization and planning!!!
Feel free to message me about any further Bullet Journal questions :)
Sometimes you wake up at 7am to go to work. And sometimes you go in and your coworkers tell you you’re actually not working today. Very grateful to have my Thursday back because 1) it’s incredibly sunny and wonderful outside, and 2) I have a project due tomorrow that I now have time to do. Life is good.
For years, photographer Emily Blincoe has been studying shape and color of everyday objects in her incredible series called “Arrangements.”The results are both breathtaking and soothing, as Blincoe shows the organized, color-coordinated beauty in items like eggs, tomatoes, matches and other miscellaneous home objects.
14:19 // made some iced espresso coffee for myself. going to relax with the minecraft soundtrack, cloud atlas (i’m really trying to make my way through it), and write a bit to get my mind off of some things.