Organizing School Items

 

Let's face it; going to school is something that can take up a lot of time and space. Without properly organizing your home or dorm room, you can quickly find yourself wasting valuable time, money, and resources looking for or redoing valuable work. There are some simple guidelines that anyone can follow that will help you (or your loved one) to know where everything school related is located. Most importantly, following these guidelines will help you avoid untold frustration.

  • Drop-off location. In your home, there should be one location where you drop off some of your school items. This would be the place where you place your jacket, backpack, books, and laptop (if you have one). The benefit of having a drop-off location is that placing everything there when you first get home allows you to always know where those items are located. Basically, it limits your search area to one small location in your home, which will save a whole lot of time and effort.
  • Work area. There should be one spot in your home that is a school work area. Similar in purpose to a study or an office, this area is dedicated to your use for school work. Have it free from anything that may distract you, but make sure that it has things that can promote your creativity and help you complete your work.
  • Supply area. Located near your work area you should have another area where you can keep your school supplies. One way to look at this "supply area" is to think of the supply closets located in many businesses. In this supply area you should have notebooks, pens, folders, rewritable CDs/DVDs, and anything else that you may conceivably need to complete your school work. This doesn't need to be fully stocked initially (which can be pretty expensive). You should, however, keep it stocked with the items that you absolutely need, and then add additional items over time.
  • Filing system. In your work area you should have some type of filing system. Whether it is on a computer where you can keep a digital copy of everything that you receive or produce for your school, or an old fashioned filing cabinet doesn't really matter. What matters is that it works for you. The easiest method for filing is to organize your papers through separating everything by class or subject and year. This way you can quickly find everything that you need.

Finally, make your organization methods a routine. By actively following these methods each and every day you will ensure that it is maintained. It will do you no good whatsoever to set up a great organizational system for your school items if you don't keep it up. Without keeping it up, you will need to reorganize everything every couple of months to simply get back to your starting point.

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