The College(university) years were one of the most fun and scary times of my life. I meet many new friends and explored many new places just in the short 4 years I was there. I also learned many lessons. And, you will learn many lessons also. To help you out, here are 12 organizing tips I learned in college:
- Not everyone organizes the same way you do. Your roommate may have a different organizing style than you. She/he may like to have everything out where you like to put everything away. Try to be flexible and keep your space the way you like it.
- Have a place for all the binders and reference books. It’s not like high school, if your classes throughout the day, you only have to take the books and binders you need for those classes. The night before, pull out and put your binders and books in your backpack for the following morning.
- Have extra printer cartridges in my dorm room for my printer. Those last-minute mad rushes to the computer room doesn’t need to be happen. Stock up on color and black ink before leaving for college and replenish your supplies over winter break.
- Have several thumb drives for backup your data if needed. Thumb drives are easy to carry around, but they don’t last forever, so be sure you have at least 2. Pick thumb drives that have larger storage so you will never have issues with not enough space for a file.
- Use a Sendt Black Notebook / Laptop Combination Lock Security Cable attached to your laptop and desk to keep you laptop from being taken. It’s for those times when you need to do something but can’t take your computer with you. After you unlock your laptop from your cable, be sure to scramble the combination lock.
- Bring two sets of sheets so you can change out your sheets without having to wait for the sheets to be cleaned before making the bed. Enough said. Change sheets every other week to keep your room fresh and clean.
- Have clocks everywhere. Wear a watch, have a clock in your bedroom and an alarm in the bedroom. If you have issues waking up in the morning for an early class, set at least two alarms about 15 or 20 minute apart from each other. Place one near your bed and one on the other side of the room.
- When scheduling time to study, put the start and end time to study on the electronic calendar. This way you can see actually how much time you allocated for studying.
- When studying for foreign languages, carry around written flashcards to help you study between classes and at dinner. Or you can use a tablet app, like this one, Studyblue.
- Only bring reference books back to school if you are taking the next level in a class. Textbooks are useful, but after you finish the class, resell them. They take too much real estate in your dorm and the majority of the time, you will not look at them.
- Have a lidded jar for paperclips, push pins, magnets, etc… Anything small. You can also get one with dividers if you want to be really organized. This way, if you need a small item, you have one place to go to find them. And, if it falls over, you will not have these small items all over the place.
- Have a marker board in your room to jot down notes or reminders. I liked to place this above the desk or near the door light switch. This way, it will remind me of things I needed to take before leaving the room.
If you use any or all of these tips, you will be well on your way to organize your college years. As a reward, here are some fun links I found:
- Buzzfeed: 52 Incredibly Important Things You Learn In College Outside The Classroom
- ThoughtCatalog: 50 Things I Learned In College
- Buzzfeed:29 Important And Undeniable Facts You Learn In College
Have a great school year! Keep in touch, let me know what you learned in college. Please leave a message below.
Till next time, happy organizing!
Sabrina M. Quairoli