Spring is the season of cleaning, but this doesn’t just mean breaking out the Windex and tidying up your belongings. We took a look at some different ways you can get yourself organized for the season—from the dorm room to your computer. Take a look!
1. Consolidate your to-do list.
Between planners, time management apps and digital calendars, there are so many ways you can keep track of your daily tasks—but using too many of them can actually backfire. What if you wrote down a due date in your notebook, but you only remember to check the to-do list you keep on your phone? Stick to the method that works best for you, and only that method.
2. File important papers in color-coded folders.
You get so many papers throughout the semester that it’s so easy for everything to end up in a clutter. Try filing them with this color-coding method instead.
Red folder: papers that need immediate attention, like homework.
Yellow folder: papers you’ll visit occasionally, like study guides.
Green folder: papers you’ll need long term, like your syllabus.
3. Manage your money with a budgeting app.
It’s not groundbreaking news that money can be tight during college, so managing your money is important. We’re big fans on using Mint—an app that makes budgeting simple and reminds you when any payments are due.
4. Sift through old files.
Have you ever stumbled across some essay you wrote all the way back in high school amidst searching for a more recent document? As a general rule, any files you haven’t touched within the past semester can get tossed. As for more evergreen documents—like resumes and work samples—try keeping those in their own separate folder for safe-keeping.
5. Empty your inbox.
While you’re getting rid of all the digital clutter in your documents, you should also consider de-cluttering your inbox. Make it a point to send all of your old emails straight to the trash. If there’s anything you think may be important, simply archive it or move it to a folder.
6. Use a password manager.
Keep all of your log-in’s organized by using a password manager, like LastPass. You’ll only have to remember one master password, and the rest are stored safely within the app.
7. Get rid of old clothing using the hanger method.
Doesn’t it always seem like there’s never enough space in your closet? It’s hard parting ways with clothing, so we suggest using the hanger method to figure out which items won’t be missed. Simply turn your hanger the opposite direction whenever you put away a piece of clothing you just wore. After a month or so, any hangers that are still facing forward can get tossed or donated. Why keep it if you aren’t wearing it?
8. Use transparent storage bins and containers.
It’s easy to clear clutter when you just toss everything into a bin and shove it under your bed, but what happens when you need to dig through those bins and find what you need? Instant mess! Stick to clear storage so you can easily spot what you need.
9. Toss something before buying something.
Clutter accumulates pretty easily, especially when you’re confined to a small space. Make a habit of tossing something you don’t use before making a new purchase. There’s even an added bonus—move out day will be so much easier!