Next week, I’m headed off to college. Dorm room organization is a priority, because how else can you stay sane in such a small space? One of the things I was having trouble with was finding a way to organize my jewelry and other accessories. So, what to do when you can’t find a jewelry organizer that is cute AND fits your needs? Make one, of course! Read on to see how I made this darling jewelry organizer for less than $10!
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.
Dear Target Dollar Spot,
Anyone with a love of pens and stationary knows that the office-supply aisle of Target is a magical land full of beautiful colors and crisp white pages. But how many people know the glory of those two basket-filled rows at the front of the store? This “Dollar Spot” is full of cheap but valuable treasures. Although previously everything in you section was merely a dollar, the prices have increased for some things to allow for a wider variety of items…and I have no complaints! Now, in addition to my beloved random office supplies, I can find cute cups, electronic accessories, or graduation presents for my friends. Thank you, dollar spot, for fueling my impulse buys and making my desk as cute as can be.
Dollar Spot Favorites
- Stationary: I stocked up on gorgeous dollar-spot thank-you notes to send my gratitude for all of my graduation gifts. Thanks for the help, Target! There are always a variety of designs, usually including colorful fronts with a message of “hello,” “hooray,” “thank you,” or just a blank face. With a pack of 8 (plus envelopes!) for just $1, needing to buy expensive stationary can wait until you’re a professional with a real job.
- Notepads: Pictured, I have some cute black polka-dot post it notes (my favorite!) and a great weekly task pad. I also found some great sticky tabs in nice colors. Again, just $1!
- Tiny Buckets: In my opinion, one of the crowning glories of the Target dollar spot. Use them to organize pens, markers, makeup brushes, desk supplies, anything! These tend to come out with new colors seasonally, and they’re always lovely. I have three sitting on my desk right now, and a couple more placed around my room. You better believe I’ll be organizing with these in college.
- Travel cups: Tervis Tumblers are convenient, but they get expensive. Instead, why not try a cute cup from the Target Dollar Spot! There are travel straw cups like I’ve pictured above, but recently they also stocked quaint mason jar tumblers with gingham-printed lids. (When I went shopping with a friend, we bought out all 8 that they had in stock to use as grad gifts!)
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