Getting Organized before School Starts
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Monday, August 13, 2018
By Twelfth+Grace
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The back to school season can seem very hectic, and it can be hard to know where to start with preparations. I know for me personally, getting organized feels like a breath of fresh air, and helps me be more creative and feel less anxious as a busier season begins. I always enjoy cleaning and purging junk from my home and office space as well, because then I can clearly see what needs to be worked on! Here are some tips to making your school year smooth and less stressful, from morning routines to homework assignments:

-Being organized helps prepare you for college and a career: You'll be better able to keep up with a fast pace, and assignments and deadlines if you're organized, and will live your life at a much less frantic pace. 

-Routines develop consistency: By practicing organization and hard work early on, you will be acclimated to college and what it takes to be successful. We recommend starting with a planner, or using the one in your phone, to enter in important dates and deadlines. 

-Clean out your car, office space, or bedroom. Simply removing any trash will be step one, and then head to Target or Walmart to get some plastic bins and filing storage. You will be able to move faster and make more progress in your daily life by knowing where everything is. It will also be more tidy and feel less cramped!

-Create a filing system: Whether you color code or use a big binder, you know the school year comes with tons of paperwork in tow. Get a good system started for keeping track of everything, so you don't risk losing that important term paper the day before it's due!

-Don't try to overhaul your lifestyle all at once: Research shows that trying to change everything at once makes you more likely to give up when it gets hard. Instead, aim for two or three new habits, and you will be more likely to stick to them. Examples would be: keeping your car trunk clean, sorting old clothes to donate and sell, or using a large whiteboard to keep track of your classes. 

What are some ways that you stay organized before school starts?

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