Before I say goodbye to this era of my studying life, I wanted to share how I organized my desk in high school.
The surface may be tarnished with smears of pen and rings from dripping water glasses, but this desk has fared me well since childhood. It has trekked with me from elementary school coloring and math worksheets, to middle school projects, and finally to the mountains of studying high school has required.
Although this was my desk in high school (and is much bigger than your typical college desk!), these tips and essentials can be used in college and beyond!
- Writing utensils: You’re at your desk to work, so be sure to have everything you need to complete all assignments. Pens and/or pencils are necessities, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to go beyond that. Highlighters make tackling long readings a slightly more bearable task, and felt tip pens make everything a bit more fun! I’ve loved Uniball pens, BIC highlighters, and Papermate Flair pens throughout high school, but I’m looking to branch out. Tell me in the comments if you have any recommendations!
- Washi tape: Okay, maybe this isn’t technically an essential. However, washi tape is useful for planners, decoration, and so much more! I’m a self-proclaimed washi tape addict, and choosing which rolls I’ll tote with me to college will be a challenge.
- Post it notes: This blog is titled “The Post-It Perfectionist,” so what were you expecting? I use post it notes to mark readings, make inspirational mini-posters, or, well, make notes. I’m guilty of having an abundance of them in a variety of colors.
- Inspiration: An important part of any desk. When you’re focused on studying, it can be calming or motivating to look at your bulletin board and see a few things that make you smile! On my bulletin board right now, I have a few pictures of my friends and family, postcards, stickers, and more. There’s no right or wrong item to attach to your inspiration board, as long as it makes you happy!
- Extras: On my desk, I also like to keep other things I may need while I’m studying, like tissues and a bottle of lotion. The stack of candles on my desk smells great, but it’s also a study technique: scents can improve your memory! Additionally, I keep a jar of candy to reward myself (in moderation) as I study.
Putting It All Together
Now that you’ve gathered enough office supplies to decorate a small army, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to arrange it all in that cube of space called a desk. While organizing your study haven, make sure to leave enough surface area to actually study! In some desks, this may be challenging. Use space-saving tricks such as desk organizers (like my tiered one) or a bulletin board behind your desk.
On your bulletin board, keep important information front and center, and less significant things towards the edges. On my desk, this means I keep a calendar in the very middle of my board and a lot of fun memorabilia along the sides.