The inspiration for this next blog post came from my own life being insanely hectic. This semester, as you all know, I’m interning for Disney! That being said, this internship counts for the last twelve credit hours for my degree.
I knew that more than anything I needed to be insanely organized. That was because I now have separate bills, I’m working full-time, I have assignments for my course, AND blog stuff! To keep all of this scheduled needed a miracle (and these tips).
College has really taught me how to be more organized with everything I do. Even while on campus I was working and taking full credit hours. These few things are ways that I use to get organized, now I’ll show you How to Get Organized in the New Year too!
How to Get Organized in the New Year
1. Buy a Large Wall Calendar
This is a tip that I just recently decided to follow. I have always utilized a planner in order to keep my week organized on the go, but a large wall calendar is a GREAT way to visualize your whole month.
First, they’re very affordable (I found mine in the Target dollar spot for $3). Second, they aren’t too bulky or annoying! I hung mine on the back of my bedroom door so when I leave at any point I can see everything I have this month.
This is a great way to constantly remember what you have planned during the month. That can be anything from doctor’s appointments, assignments, to posts going live! I decided to link a few below that you can shop from.
2. Buy a Notebook
Okay this may seem random but it’s a good idea I promise. I started carrying one this past summer while interning in NYC (read the recap here) and haven’t stopped! I’m very OCD and also love writing in pen so planners sometimes freak me out (bc mistakes).
Using a notebook allows me to write down everything I think of that I want to keep track of! I generally keep all of my blog post ideas in mine, important contact info for my apartment complex, and anything else that becomes relevant often.
I use mine for work too! I’ll keep it at my desk and write down anything I have to do for the week, then for each day. This allows me to keep track of what I have to do, when, and how long I have to finish the task.
3. Keep A “Notes” Page Open on Your Phone
This falls hand in hand with my previous tip! I always try to remember everything I have to do because I refuse to forget anything important. This is a task I’ve done for a couple years now!
I used this all the time on campus (because my classrooms would change a lot or for assignment reminders). This is a great way to just keep all your necessary information in one place that you’ll always see!
I also keep my grocery list open on this note page because I think of things periodically! This allows me to not forget later on and then realize I missed something while I was at this store. (That’s something I totally did way too often btw.)
4. Buy a Planner
At this point you’re probably like WHY do I need a planner and WHY do I need to spend more money?? Well I’ll tell you why. Keeping your notebook and planner with you while at work or on campus is crucial!
I always make sure to write things down in my notebook, but using a planner splits it up more. I’ll keep everything listed out in my notebook for the week, but keep more important dates in my planner.
For example, I’ll add “Dentist appt. Wednesday” in my notebook. I’ll then add that to my planner block on Wednesday so I can remember what day I’m on/when to remember my appointment is. It just makes it a bit more organized!
5. Re-Organize Your Room/Space
I generally do this every six months or so, but I always make sure to do this in January! Having anxiety, I need an organized space to stay sane! Having an organized room and work space helps tremendously.
It’s likely you have a ton of stuff you don’t need or that you forgot you even had. At least that’s how it was/is for me! Going through all of your old stuff can allow you to clear out space AND open up more head space.
Have a tiny living space (a dorm or a small apartment) and not sure where to start? Don’t worry! I have an entire post on 6 Room Hacks Perfect for Small Spaces linked (here). These are all under $25 too!
6. Clean Out Your Fridge
Okay random but not really. This is also a warning because I was attacked….by fruit flies! When I left for Thanksgiving break last semester I forgot that I’d had oranges in my fridge. Somehow in just seven days these little nuisances found a way in.
Ever since then I obsessively clear out my fridge and make sure it’s clean! It also didn’t help that my previous roommates were gross (but still). Cleaning out your fridge keeps your new year happy and fly free!
It also factors into number five which just means a clear space means a clear mind! This is something I love and that makes me feel happier. For anyone who gets stressed easily this tip can 100% help with that.
7. Sell or Donate Your Old Clothes
This is another task I generally complete every six months or so. It’s a good habit to get into because 1) you can make money off of this and 2) it helps clear your mind as well! (Plus: it frees up space for all those new sales am I right?)
Freeing up space in your closet can help alleviate stress and the new space can be perfect for adding new pieces in! Also: try to focus on this next year and ONLY purchase staples that can be worn multiple times.
Want to make some extra cash? Try to sell your clothes at a place like Uptown Cheapskate OR Plato’s Closet! Not near either of these places? I have a blog post on The 5 Best Apps to Use to Re-Sell Your Old Clothing! You can check it out (here).
I hope you guys enjoyed this post about How to Get Organized in the New Year! These are little tips I use every day, every month, or every year in order to kick my new year off right! It’ll definitely help you to do the same.
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