Organization is something we all strive for, but can’t always achieve. Even when the new year rolls around, or a new school year starts, we struggle to maintain a system that works. We all know what it feels like to start a good routine, only to watch it unravel in just a few weeks! If you are in the middle of senior year, you may be feeling a bit underwater as you’ve realized how many assignments, deadlines, and occasions are coming into your schedule, so we have rounded up our very favorite tools for keeping life running smoothly. Best of all, you can find all of these on Amazon, for really inexpensive prices!
-Bill payer and tracker: Although you may be living at home still, this is great preparation as you get ready to set out for college. It can keep track of bills you are paying now, such as a cell phone or car insurance, if those are your responsibility. Most importantly, you can keep track of your college savings, purchases for your dorm room, or travel expenses for college visits or work reimbursements. Think of it like a training tool for next year, when you will be living on your own, and probably paying many of your own bills. It has plenty of pockets for receipts, papers, and miscellaneous documents, and it is held together by a sturdy elastic band. You could even keep things like certificates or documentations in it, to be able to find them easily.
-Closet storage and organizer: This little shelf has a special purpose: it will help you purge your closet as you prepare to pack up and leave after senior year has ended! We use one drawer for donations or things you’re getting rid of, and the other for gifts. It sounds a bit silly, but having a drawer to hold the clothes that don’t fit or that you want to sell on sites like Poshmark or Mercari can make the process smoother and can also keep them separate from your regular wardrobe. You’ll be surprised how much you can get rid of by having a dedicated spot for donations or outgrown items (and bonus, you may make a little money for college). In the other small drawer, you can keep greeting cards, wrapping paper/bags, and gifts you have purchased for others or that you are stashing away for Christmas or birthdays. It will make gift giving a cinch, especially with all the graduation parties and events you will be attending for your friends.
Docking station for electronics: We know, it’s hard to unplug at night when your brain is always spinning, and you are up late studying for tests and exams! But, we love this beautiful and streamlined docking station for your phone, watch, and charging ports. If you put it on your dresser or farther away from your bed, it will also force you to sleep without your phone right next to you as you fall asleep or wake up (giving your brain a true break).
Morning sidekick journal: This is a powerhouse of a little book! We absolutely love the idea of tracking your habits, and making goals. Whether you utilize it in the evening as you prepare to go to sleep, or early in the morning when you wake, it is a great way to stay grounded, and figure out how to make changes that can improve your lifestyle. And, research shows that just a few minutes of intentional goal setting and positive mindset/meditation can really change our trajectory. Plus, it’s small enough to tuck in your backpack or purse, and keep with you on the go!
Hanging file organizer: Okay, okay. We know this isn’t the most instagram-worthy or aesthetically pleasing item, but man, does it do it’s job!! This hanging file holder can go on the wall next to your desk, or on the back of your bedroom door, and you can color code your assignments or forms that you will need to fill out for graduation, scholarships, or other paperwork. Assign a color to each subject in school or each event, and then look for rainbow colored folders at a place like Office Depot or Staples. You will be able to grab each folder when you’re heading out the door, and not worry about losing important copies of irreplaceable things!
We are all about making your junior and senior year less stressful. Stay tuned to our blog for more tips and advice!