5 tips for staying organized in college

It’s a proven fact that mess causes stress. Organizing your life in college can help you destress, focus, and excel in your classes. Although you may think your current method of chaos works just fine for you, it’s probably doing you more harm than good. According to this article in Psychology Today, clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done. You inhibit your ability to be creative and think critically and the constant stimuli makes it harder for you to focus.

Here are my top 5 tips for organizing your college life:

1. Declutter

Look around your room and ask yourself what you really need. Go through your closet and get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in the past year. Trash unnecessary papers and knick-knacks that are taking up space on your shelves and in your desk.

2. Clean your space

Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter make it a point to clean off surfaces each night. Pick stuff up off the floor and put it away. Clear off counters and desks. After a few weeks it will become routine and you will love waking up every morning to a clean space.

3. Get a planner

Your busy school and social calendars can be overwhelming. Get your to-do list out of your head and on to paper. You will be less likely to forget your paper that’s due tomorrow or that Sarah’s 21st birthday is next weekend so you better start hydrating. Try to schedule tasks or write them in order of importance; prioritizing is key.

4. Establish a study space

This should be somewhere that you dedicate to your school work and ideally nothing else. That way when you are in that space you know it’s time to get down to business. Keep this area organized and distraction free.

5. Take good notes

Having a separate notebook for each class and a straightforward note-taking system will help you stay organized. Check out these note-taking methods, and see which one works best for you!


At the end of the day, only you know how to best organize your life. Go with your gut and use the tools that work for you.

Ally MannAbout the author: Ally Mann is a freelance writer from Idaho and a Boise State University graduate. She enjoys camping, her german shepherds and getting lost in the middle of nowhere.




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