You know the deal – every year you start out as a clean, mean, organized machine. That is, until you realize how much easier it is to use your desk as a coat rack/make-up counter/ping pong table (you get the idea). Think your messy desk is beyond repair? We’re here to help you reclaim your space and keep it neat and orderly for the rest of the semester!
Elimination Time - Go through your desk, one section at a time, and clear out anything that you don’t need. The excess clutter is only going to make it twice as hard to get organized. Toss any wrappers or old papers in the trash or recycling and get them out of the way immediately. Once you’ve done this, take out all that is remaining and divide it into three piles: a Keep Pile, a Move Pile, and a Trash-You-Missed Pile. The Keep Pile will be the stuff that remains in your desk, while the Move Pile consists of items that you don’t want to throw out but would be better situated elsewhere. The Trash-You-Missed Pile is just that and can be moved straight into the garbage. Once this is all done, you can begin organizing your desk with all of your necessary school supplies.
Compartmentalize and Prioritize – Ever spent precious time searching every drawer in your desk looking for something as minute as a paper clip? I know I have. Now think how much easier it would be if all of your school supplies had a specific spot in your desk. Fit everything into a category – small supplies (paperclips, erasers), writing implements, etc. Then ask yourself if there are any items that you use frequently and would like access to at all times. Keep these within reach to make it easy on yourself. Drawer and desk organizers are great for keeping all items in a proper place. Dedicate each compartment to a different set of things and never waste time searching again. Swing by your campus bookstore and pick one up today!
The same idea goes for textbooks, folders, and binders. Keep books with their corresponding notebooks and avoid the hassle of grabbing the wrong set on your way out the door.
Even “Junk” Deserves a Place – Let’s be serious here – little, useless trinkets and mementos are not going to be tossed in the trash simply because they’re not “technically” part of your supplies. Rather than fighting the hoarder within you, take preemptive measures to ensure it won’t affect your ability to stay organized. Dedicate a small bin or section of one drawer (you don’t need a whole drawer – no excuses) specifically to “junk.” By limiting these small items to one area, you’re keeping your belongings in order while still retaining any “memories” you’ve collected.
Maintenance is Key - It’s not realistic to expect your desk to remain immaculate at all times. When extracurricular activities and schoolwork start to hit their peak, making sure your desk is in order probably falls fairly low on the list of priorities. However, take a few minutes once a week or every two weeks to check that no clutter is making its way into your neat and orderly desk. By keeping up with this regularly, you’ll avoid having to perform a complete desk-overhaul.
Now that your desk is in order, we’re getting ready to take on your School Work! Next week we’ll be back with surefire ways to keep your ever-growing amount of homework in order. We’d love to hear your feedback, suggestions, or questions – so share them with us below!