Organize Your Life!

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A lot of people have some trouble getting organized. Whether it’s their locker, binder, room, or backpack, these few simple steps will help you get motivated to tackle your clutter! Now, I’m not saying you have to color coordinate everything, but here are a few tips and tricks to get started.

Step One: Where to start? Sometimes the biggest problem is getting started, or rather, finding where to start. A good way to measure where to start is by finding the place with the most clutter. By starting at the hardest place, you can be motivated to do the smaller things, after you accomplished such a big one.

Step Two: Getting motivated! For some people, inspirational or motivating quotes help them get started on a project. Here are some to get you started. “If you feel like giving up, just look back on how far you’ve come.” -Unknown “Remember it’s just a bad day, not a bad life.” -Unknown (For more of these quotes go to motivationping.com/quotes)

For other people, inspirational quotes don’t work as well. If you’re that kind of person, here are some other things that can usually help you get started. Sometimes just looking at how much clutter you have, is overwhelming enough to get motivated to tackle it, but sometimes, you need goals. Set a small goal so you can get started. For example, if you are cleaning your bedroom, and it’s so bad you lost your homework in the mess, start with a goal something like this: I will pick up all the dirty clothes in my room to start with, and put them in the laundry, so I can find more things. From there, you can continue making goals to get it done, or just do it. It’s your choice.

Step Three: Decluttering. After you’ve found everything, or cleaned up a space a bit, make three piles of stuff. Things you want to keep, things your not sure about, and things that you do not want to keep. By getting rid of some things, you have more space for new things, and it prevents further clutter. Also, a way to keep these piles organized is by categorizing things into clothes, school supplies, things (such as books, toys, water bottles, etc.) and make three separate piles for these categories. If that seems a little much for you, just do it all in one. If you have a lot of things that you are getting rid of, donate them to Goodwill, a homeless shelter, or any place that might need such things. By doing this you are helping yourself and community.

Step Four: Organizing. The last and final stage is organizing, finding homes for things, and keeping them out of the way, but it a spot where the are easily accessible. If you have a chest of drawers, fold your clothes you can see every option. (And try to not leave dirty clothes on your floor.) Or if you have a closet, try to hang all your clothes up so you can see them easier, and don’t throw them on the floor of the closet. Eventually things will get dusty, and if you have anything wool, it will be very easy for moths to get to it int he winter. If you have both, divide your clothes into two categories. Nicer clothes like dress pants, dresses, blouses, dress shirts, etc. all need to be hung up in the closet to keep their shape, including jeans (preferably). All books should go on a bookcase or a shelf, pencils, pens, and other writing utensils should have some sort of canister. You could by something specifically for this use, or just use an old hot chocolate tin, or something along those lines. Remember that things don’t have to be shoved into drawers to be organized, they can be out in the open, and you can have some things on the floor, but there’s a fine line between organized and cluttered. Things that you use daily, like a hair brush shouldn’t be put in a drawer, but art supplies should have a special place. (Or things like art supplies.)

Also, binders are a big problem for some people. Folders are really cheap, and you can have a folder for each of your core classes, and one for your X,Y classes. Another way to organize your binder is having a folder for done assignments, and one for unfinished/assignments you need to start. This will make it so you don’t have to look through a bunch of folders, and will minimize space, but it is easier to find assignments with multiple folders. Also, if you need a notebook for one or more of your classes, you could dedicate notebooks to certain classes, or have loose leaf line paper with holes in your folder. That makes it easier to get to paper, but the paper can get crumpled easier. If you like art, or things you do on paper, you can slip the piece of art you are most proud of in the front plastic slip of your binder, so you can look at it everyday!

I hope this helped you getting organized. Leave comments down below on what methods you think work, or what part of this helped!