When I was 7, I slept in the guest room whenever mine was too messy. I would shut the door to avoid looking at the catastrophe of stuffed animals and Polly Pockets thrown everywhere.
I hated my parents' daily reminders for me to clean my room, but now I appreciate their discipline and understand why they wanted my space to stay put together. The first thing I do in the morning is make my bed, and the first thing I do when I get home from classes is clean my room.
Keeping my room organized helps me feel like my life is more together during my busy college career, so that my home is a place to feel relaxed, calm and motivated. Below are three tips that I use to keep my room organized:
When decorating, less is more.
I love adding personal details and items that describe who I am into my decorating because it makes my room feel like an extension of me.
However, I don't overload my room with trinkets and posters because it can feel claustrophobic. I recommend keeping your room clean and organized so it remains a place of serenity in a world that is constantly changing. It will always feel like home.
I have a framed poster of photos of my friends and family, a few canvases hung up to remind me of ideas I treasure and one hanging tapestry to add texture to my bedroom.
Wall art is like accessories for an outfit — too many can be gaudy, but too few feels like you're missing something. Spruce your walls, but keep it simple.
A clean desk means a productive you.
Always keep your desk free, with only essentials on top and the rest in drawers or boxes. When my desk is cluttered with food, papers and water bottles, I feel overwhelmed and forget about my to-do list, but when I see a clean workspace, I have more motivation to get tasks done.
Use containers to stash your stuff.
While some people might thrive with a minimalist lifestyle, I have not yet succeeded in giving up my possessions, and every year I bring them all to college with me.
Most people have very little storage space in college. The biggest help that I have found is using clear tubs under the bed. I can fit at least eight boxes of clothes, bathroom necessities and coats underneath, which saves space and lets me quickly find things when I am in a rush.
Organizer tubs are also great for moving — whether to a new apartment or just back home for break, they are ready to pack in your car in moments.
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