1. Start with the end goal:
What is the date of the exam? What is your home improvement project finish date?
2. Make a list of tasks:
Come up with a list of tasks needed to accomplish your goal. For exams, write a list of units or topics covered on the exam. Then make note of your study tools. For example, did the teacher provide a review sheet? Can you use the unit tests and quizzes to study? Can you use your study guides from each unit to prepare?
As you are organizing and rearranging your desk supplies, think vertical for storage! There are lots of ways to vertically arrange your papers and supplies.
Marie Kondo, the Japanese Organizer, suggests that Komono Items (miscellaneous) be organized vertically whenever possible. The idea is to be able to see everything, whether you are opening a drawer or a box. Stacking items generally means that they will begin to get lost, you will forget what you own, and you will start purchasing duplicate items, which only adds to the clutter.
The goal is not perfection. The goal is to be able to see what you have easily, find what you need quickly, and return items to their correct spot without a fuss. This means that every item needs a home!
Use dividers in desk drawers to separate different types of items. Small plastic containers, cardboard lids from stationary packages, and even plastic trays that produce comes in may be just what you need for a drawer divider. The boxes that iPhones come in are very sturdy and work nicely as well.
Looking to set up some more structure as we move into the new school year?
As a veteran teacher turned home organizer, I offer a variety of resources to help you get organized for school. Getting physically organized and creating spaces for work and school can help you to feel more calm and in control. There are a lot of unknowns right now. Spending some time preparing can be very helpful.
I am giving several small group Zoom Workshops for parents of grades 3-6 and grades 6-8. We will discuss ways to arrange desks, set up routines, and get your family ready for school. Learn how to create a paper station and a family calendar. Setting expectations and routines are key for creating good work environments for everyone.
If you would like more support, I offer one-on-one virtual sessions to help you get organized. The topic is up to you but can include getting ready for school, organizing with your kids, or decluttering your own office. These are one-on-one sessions on your device. We can use the time to create DIY plans for you or we can declutter and reorganize together.
Marie Kondo came out with this short video with some great tips for organizing your desk! "Spark Joy while Studying at Home"
Keeping a clear space, giving everything a home, and putting things back when you're done can ease anxiety and make you more productive. Give it a try!
If you need some help, we offer virtual coaching and organizing sessions.
My name is Laura, and I love all things organizing!
Flourish Organizing may receive commissions from some links.