12 Organizing Tips I Learned in College

12 Organizing Tips I Learned in College 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:

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

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Tips for a Successful College Year

Tips for a successful college year

 

There are so many areas to get organized when you are going away from college.  You not only have to deal with your school work, but you also have to handle your living facilities.  Lucky for you, I have compiled this post with lots of tips for a successful college year.

  • Get a checklist from your university or  use this one.  I made it and you can add your own items to it as well.  It is a three page checklist. The last page is blank so you can write in whatever is missing.

Dorm Room Checklist - page 1Dorm Room Checklist page 2Dorm Room Checklist - page 3

  • Create a list of items you don’t have and need to buy.  Then, check out these posts. Organizing College Dorm Room - Part 1 and Organizing College Dorm Room - Part 2.  These posts include links to buy stuff through Amazon.  Easy peasy!
  • If you are just starting college (university), here is a post about the 5 Items Every College Freshman Must Have to Succeed in Their First Year.  
  • Assign a place in your home to store and place all these items for college. 
  • Determine when you are going to study, work, etc… when you get your schedule.  Write it in your agenda book or digital calendar.
  • Update your Computer.  Make sure anti-virus and spyware are updated. Remove any unnecessary photos, apps, etc…  Add updated software if needed.
  • If you are taking your car, get your car serviced (oil change, tire rotation, etc.) before you go away.  This will help keep your car in good condition with you are away.
  • Start with the date you need to leave and work backwards to decide on deadlines for each activity that needs to be finished. 

All of these to-dos may seem overwhelming, but if you really plan out and create a deadline for each activity, every thing will be finish in time to go away.   I hope you have a successful college year.  Lots of luck to you all.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Organizing College Dorm Room - Part 2

Organizing College Dorm Room

Last time, we talked about organizing college dorm room gadgets.  I will be continuing this topic on this post as well.  If you didn’t read the last post, here is the link, Organizing College Dorm Room Part 1. Here are organizing college dorm room gadgets to make your year a successful one.

  • UNDER THE BED BIN: This one has wheels which make it easier to roll in and out from under your bed. Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

  • LAMP AND DESK ORGANIZER COMBO: Get one that has a place for storing small items. Remember when buying stuff for your dorm room, be sure that everything has at least two purposes. Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

  • BATHROOM CADDY: Be sure that the bathroom caddy has a handle and also has compartments to store individual items.  Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

  • BATHROBE: I prefer Terry Cloth Robes like this one against my skin. This helps if you do not have a bathroom in your suite and have to walk down the hall to take a shower.   Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

  • COFFEE MAKER/TOASTER COMBO: Any combo small appliance works well in dorm rooms and saves you space. Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

  • FILING CABINET PORTABLE BIN:  If you can find a bin with a lock, that works too. There is always files that need to be kept organized so bringing a filing bin with you is a good idea.  Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

I hope these items give you some ideas on what how you can combine more than one use for each item to save you space in your small dorm room. What is your favorite item to bring with you to college?  Please leave a comment below.

Reminder:  These items are visual suggestions of organizing items for a college dorm room.  If you wish to purchase them from Amazon or any other store, you take full responsibility of these items.  If you have an issue with any of these items, please contact the store where you purchased the item. 

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Organizing College Dorm Room – Part 1

Organizing College Dorm Room

Getting ready for your first college year is an exciting and emotional time.  You not only have to go to school in a new place, but, if you are like 67% of college students*, you also have to live on campus. “Where do you begin?” You might say.   Lucky for you, before you go shopping, I found lots of great organizing gadgets you can purchase through Amazon.com right now.  Since I found lots of organizing college dorm room supplies, I will be splitting the list into two posts.

  • BEDSIDE STORAGE CADDY: This can store lots of easy to use items, especially if you don’t have an end table near your bed. Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon. 

  • BED LIFTS:  This gives you more storage under your bed so you can store your luggage or other under the bed storage bins. There are even bed lifts with AC Outlets and USB Chargers, you can get this through Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon. 

  • 6 SHELF SWEATER ORGANIZER:  This is great for sweaters and shoes. Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

  • JEWELRY ORGANIZER: This one hangs over the door  and can hold lots of different pieces.  Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

  • DOUBLE HANG CLOSET ROD FOR CLOSET: This adds additional hanging space at the bottom of your closet.  Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

  • POP UP HAMPER: This one has a packet for detergent. It will stand up even when it is empty. Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

  • 6 OUTLET SURGE PROTECTOR WALL MOUNT:  Let’s face it, you never can have too many outlets.   Click on the image below to purchase from Amazon.

By keeping your dorm room organized, it will not only help you with your school work but also help you with your day-to-day life.  On the next post, I will give you lots more organizing gadgets I found for dorm room organizing.

What type of items do you plan on bringing to school?  Leave a comment below.

Reminder:  These items are visual suggestions of organizing items for a college dorm room.  If you wish to purchase them from Amazon or any other store, you take full responsibility of these items.  If you have an issue with any of these items, please contact the store where you purchased the item. 

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Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Tips to Make a Home Office in Your Home

Tips to Make a Home Office in Your Home

As a small business owner, we all have been there. Where do we put an office in our home? Especially, if we do not have a room.

I feel your pain, my home office is a part of my family room. Yes, my family room. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have my desk right in the middle of my room. I have a corner of my family room. Though it gets a little difficult when I need to take calls.   So, to help you learn from my mistake, here are some tips to make a space for you in your home.

  • Find a wall that is clear of any furniture. It can be near an entryway. Look for a space where you can actually put up shelves on the wall to add storage.
  • Look for wasted space. Look underneath steps in hallways and below high windows.
  • Use an unused closet. Convert your unused closet by adding shelves, desk space, and filing cabinets to help organize your space. You can remove or keep the doors too.
  • Look for furniture that doesn’t look like office furniture. It will help you hide the fact that you have an office in your home. There are lots of filing cabinets that look like china cabinets these days, you just need to look for them. Also, look for cabinets that have doors. When you are not working, you really don’t want to see your work, right? If you can hide the home office space, it will help when you are not working.  Here is one from Amazon.

  • Use decorative bins with labels so you don’t have to see the stuff in your office space. Wicker bins, cloth bins, and wood boxes work great for hiding the storage. Click on these to buy at Amazon.

  • Use a tall armoire or shoji screen can hide your office too, like this one from Amazon.com.

Wherever you place your home office, be sure to keep everything at arm’s length or at most 5 feet away for easy access. Make sure you have a least one locked cabinet for those sensitive paperwork and be sure to lock them up every day at the end of your work day.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Hot Outside? Stay Inside and Organize Your Home!

Stay Inside and Organize Your Home!

 

What a hot and steamy day it was today! The humidity was crazy outside.  What did I do, you may have wondered? Well, I stayed inside and wrote this blog post about home organizing, of course. I then thought about what I could do to organize my home, that would only take one day max. to get done. So, I thought of these five (5) ideas to organize your home when it is too hot and sticky outside.

  1. Clean out your Kitchen cabinets. Clearing out your least used cabinet first.
  2. Go through your closet and get rid of torn winter clothes and summer clothes that don’t fit.
  3. Go through your beach towels and get rid of the oldest 4 towels and give it to an animal hospital.  Organize your pool supplies and outside toys.
  4. Go through your paint cans and remove dried out and unused ones. Clear out your tools that may need organizing.
  5. Make folders for your home projects for easy access later on.   I like to use plastic lid folders, like this one below, to keep all the papers together for projects.

Here is an image to share on Pinterest to reminder you what to do when it is hot outside.

5 areas to organized when it is hot outside.

Whatever you decide to do, make it a tasks that will help you save time and money.  This way, you will feel productive in your tasks.

I hope your day was cool and breezy.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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July Monthly Organizing Challenge Pantry Organizing

July Monthly Organizing Challenge

This month’s organizing challenge is to go through your pantry. This is where you may have food that were hidden and lost behind other larger items. So, this month is the time to go through and purge and organize the same.

Pantries come in different sizes and different shapes. So, whatever size you have, these tips will help you organize your pantry.

  1. Start by purging your space. Get rid of any expired foods. Donate to a food pantry food that are not expired.
  2. Go and group like items.  
  3. Measure how large the piles are to help decide what section the group will fit in your pantry. 
  4. Then, go and place the grouped items in the best possible section of your pantry. If you need to buy organizing supplies, do that at this point.

That’s it.  Below are links to help you tackle this organizing project

Here are links of posts I have already wrote about organizing your pantry. Check them out.

Here is a checklist to share with your friends and family.

Herbs and Spices Checklist

However, you go about organizing your pantry, be sure that like items are with like items and heavy items near the floor.

What is your favorite tip for your pantry? Please share your comments below. Good luck on your pantry organizing.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Vacation Tips to Make Any Family Happy

Vacation Tips to Make Any Family Happy

Summertime is the most popular time for vacations.  That being said, it can also be the most stressful time for vacations. Lots of people traveling here and there.  Lots of waiting in lines at different popular locations.  Lucky for you, I created this post just in time for your family vacation.  Here are vacation tips on how to make your vacation happy and relaxing!

  1. Service your car before you leave for vacation. Oil change, tire rotation, breaks are a good place to start. You don’t need to have car problems when on vacation.
  2. Have the kids involved in the planning process. Especially, if they are old enough to complain about what they are doing. =) Give them small tasks to review like read the destination vacation to find out more places to go.
  3. Pack for activities. Make a list of clothing and stuff you will need for your different activities. Make a checklist before you leave and use the same checklist for when you return to make sure you have all your gear.
  4. Schedule your daytime and evenings with events with the kids and adults in mind.  Decide ahead of time the different evening activities you will be doing.  Will the kids need to be watched by someone? What will you be doing while the kids are doing their activities?  Ask these questions before you go and decide on a plan.
  5. Spend some time exploring the area without scheduling every minute. Visit local parks, museums, etc.. that you didn’t plan to see for something spontaneous to do.
  6. Have a history lesson with the kids and research online.  Before leaving, have the kids search online about the country, culture, or city you will be visiting.
  7. Have a positive attitude.  Every vacation should be a happy one. If something happens that is not planned, be flexible in your schedule.
  8. Turn off your messaging and data plan so you can concentrate on family and friends.  This will help the members of your family feel more involved and more willing to take part in the trip.

Here is a two page checklist for your to share.  It has columns for up to 5 members of the family.

family vacation checklist page 1

There are extra spaces for you to write in other items you need to take on your vacation.  And, extra columns to add children as well.

family vacation checklist page 2

 

There is always something to do before going away.  This page allows you to write it all down.  If possible, staple or double side these two pages to help you keep them together.

When looking back on their childhoods, kids remember their vacations.  So, make every vacation a happy and memorable one. What was your favorite childhood vacation? Please leave a comment.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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Organizing a Large Party Tips

Organizing a Large Party Tips

Each year, at the end of school year, we have an End of School Year Party for our kids and their friends.  This year, my son graduated 8th grade so we decided to celebrate by having an even bigger End of School Year Party. When I mean big, we are talking about 40 people, mostly teens. Yes, I know we are crazy like that. Here are organizing a large party tips I used for our party.

So, to plan this party, I first needed to decide what the “theme” would be. Ours was End of School Year Party. Having a theme helps have a focus for the party and makes it easier to get items and decorate. Here is a checklist to use for planning your theme for your next party. This sheet includes a place to write your menu. Because we had such a large group, we figured beef, turkey, and veggie burgers and hot dogs were best. I also added a section to write the grocery list of needed items.

Menu Theme for Party

Then, I created a list of invitees. Here is a checklist for you to use.  There is also a column if you are asking people to bring something.

Invitee Party Checklist

Then, we determined what the kids were going to be doing. Having a plan really does help keep the party going smoothly. This checklist has a place for kid and adult games. I also had to decide what decorations to use.  I also added a section for notes and a place for you to list the supplies you need to pick up.

Party Theme Checklist

Then, the week before, I created a checklist and I determined what I should do the week before the party. Here is a checklist you can use. Add the date of each day up to the day of the party. Then, write down the tasks that need to be done each day. Here is the checklist to use for the week before the party.

Week Before Party To Do List

By creating checklists for your party, you will be less stressed and able to get more done in less time. What type of theme parties have you had? Please leave a comment below and share.

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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5 Unique Organizing Tips From a Professional Organizer

5 Unique Organizing Tips From a Professional Organizer

There are lots of tips on organizing on the web, tv, radio, and podcasts.  What makes these unique organizing tips?  Well, it is because these tips were created as the client and I needed it.  All of these tips and photos are photos from my consultations with clients.  Read on and you can see how we came to this sort of organizing tip.   I hope you enjoy it.

 

Unique Organizing Tip #1: In small drawers, use customized drawer organizers to maximize the space.

This tip came from looking high and low for smaller drawer organizers.  There are very few that are less than 18 inches wide.  So, we decided to make a customized one for all the flatware we had. 
In small drawers, use customized drawer organizers to maximize the space.

 

Unique Organizing Tip #2: Label solid color bins to remind you what are in them.

This unique organizing tip came from clients getting annoyed when they couldn’t remember where an item was in their storage room or kids playroom area. They would know the system when we would set it up.  But, when they had to find something, it was torture remembering everything. They couldn’t remember where things were at all.  As a result, I realized that for the most part, my clients worked on the philosophy, “Out of site, out of mind”.  So, you can see how difficult colored bins with no labels would be for them.
Label solid color bins to remind you what are in them.

 

Unique Organizing Tip #3: Only Have One(1) Inbox in your home office.

This unique organizing tip came from a few of my male clients projects.  They felt the need to put papers in baskets in their home office just so they were in a bin.  Each bin didn’t necessarily have a purpose.  Making one bin be their “go to” bin is important.  The in bin only holds items you haven’t looked at.  It’s that just came in.  After you look at the piece of paper in the bin, it then gets moved to another bin or file or recycled.   
Only Have One(1) Inbox in your home office.

 

Unique Organizing Tip #4: When you want to sell an item in your home, but it is too heavy to move, hang a sign and write what you want to do with the item.

This unique organizing tip came from a client need to get rid of extra furniture and other bigger items.  Since they couldn’t be removed right away, we needed to remind her what action needed to be taken with a particular item.  So I created these signs that would help her remember.  It worked beautifully. 
When you want to sell an item in your home, but it is too heavy to move, hang a sign and write what you want to do with the item.

 

Unique Organizing Tip #5: Use pull out drawers in lower cabinets.

This unique organizing tip came from my clients and my home.  The back of the lower cabinet space was always a pain to get to and it helped if we could pull out the items to help us get to them.  I added additional items to the pull out to make they pull out more customized and organized for the client.  These additional items that were added could be from the dollar store or re-purposed items so the pull out drawer wasn’t a mess when we did pull it out. 
Use pull out drawers in lower cabinets

Stay tuned for many more unique organizing tips from me.  Join the conversation, what is your favorite organizing tip that you created in your home?  Please leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

 

Till next time, happy organizing!

Sabrina M. Quairoli

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