New Year…New Folders

Maggie McGaharan, JMJ, Author

Getting organized can be a refreshing and energizing way to kick off the New Year. Although organizing can be satisfying, it can also be very overwhelming. Here are some ways to get organized without the stress.
Organize Information

1. Buy folders and make separate folders for your tests and quizzes in each subject, that way they will not be in a large messy pile.

2. Have a special homework folder. Have one side labeled “To-do” and the other side labeled “Done.” Put homework needs to be done in “To-do” and completed work in “Done.” That way, you’ll be sure to have your homework done and you’ll be able to turn it in.
3. If your teachers use technology for assignments, consider creating organizing folders that can live on your desktop or in Documents to organize your electronic files by subject and categories.

4. Organizing your notes can be a very daunting task, however it’s very rewarding. If your notes are messily written, rewrite them. You can also digitally organize your notes using apps like Google Docs and Evernote. Not only will you be more organized, but you might also raise your grades! Plus, digital notes saved in the cloud making them accessible anytime, anywhere, on any computer.

5. Clean out your computer. Did your friend send you an email from two years ago with a picture of a cat? Does it really benefit you? Yes, pictures of cats are cute, but they also clutter up your computer.

Get Rid of Rubbish

1. Clean out your backpack. Throw out any old wrappers, garbage, and food. File any loose papers into fitting folders or throw them out if they aren’t needed.

2. Organize your pens and pencils by putting them into a stylish pencil case. You’ll always be able to find a pen or pencil AND you’ll have a super cute accessory!

3. Empty out your lunch box when you get home. Always wash your thermoses and plastic ware.

Good luck organizing, and have a very happy and sorted-out New Years!