Master This: Organization

By Virginia

Picture by Jane M.

Being organized is something I have always strived for. Sometimes I organize to distract myself from what I actually need to do. Sometimes I organize to tackle a bigger problem. Sometimes I organize a friend’s room so I can stay at their house longer (hi, Julia). My twitter bio reads “probs cleaning for fun” and it is a highly truthful statement. I love organizing. There. It has been said. It is easy, mindless, and in the long run makes your life easier. I like to organize and you can too.

Have a Clean Workspace

I cannot stress this enough. It would be like drinking coffee from a dirty coffee mug. Oh wait, I did that this morning…
Having a clean workspace is the most vital step in this organization business. It is at my desk that I do most of my organizing. If your desk is not organized, how do you expect to be organized? Having a clean workspace might mean hiding other things. Instead of covering my desk with papers, I toss them into a drawer. While the drawer is relatively unorganized, if anyone walks into my room, my DESK appears to be clean and spotless. Plus, I totally know where to find any random paper I might need at some point.

Plan Your Week

On Sundays, I actually sit down and write down all of my homework assignments due that week. I learned during my first semester of college that this would be the difference between staying relatively sane, or going off the deep end. I know, doing this on a Sunday, when you could be laying in bed catching up on Parks and Rec sounds so lame, but it makes all the difference. I find it very calming to look at a piece of paper and know exactly how my week will go in terms of work, and knowing that there is that one day that I don’t have homework (so then I can go spend my night practicing one of my many musical instruments- joy). I also write out how my day will go in a planner- which brings me to my next point…


I cannot fathom why you would not own one, unless you are morally against paper. If you are in college and are saying “but I’m a broke college student”, most colleges do actually offer free planners. I had been using a school one last semester, but decided that since I organize so hardcore, I could splurge on a nice one from Strand.

Don’t Procrastinate

Yes, I can hear the eyes rolling. I know that is the last thing anyone wants to hear. I know it’s easier said than done. But, it will make your life so much easier. I promise. While discussing stress with a friend, I encouraged her to set 3 goals for the day- don’t go overboard and make them 3 really difficult things you’re going to hate, balance it out. Accomplishing those 3 things in one day will make it much easier for yourself at the end of the week, so you don’t have 20 things to do in one day.

Don’t Let Things Pile Up

Again, it might seem very obvious, but don’t put things off. If you wait too long, you’ll miss deadlines. I remember when I was planning college auditions and found out one of my colleges was holding auditions 3 weeks from that point, and I literally just made the registration date. Deadlines are not fun and it’s better to be way ahead of them than drowning in them. Make to-do lists, they have saved my life more than once. I am constantly thinking of things to add to my to do lists during classes, so I am always writing them down. WRITE THINGS DOWN. Or you will forget them! That! Is! So! Important! The more aware you are of what you need to get done, the faster you will accomplish said tasks.

As a music major, my weeks are incredibly busy and stressful, but staying organized has only benefited me. I know it requires a lot of energy, but in the end, you will be glad you scheduled out your day, or bought a planner, or made a list of people you should write letters to! Try it? Please? You only get 24 hours in a day (sigh), so make the most of them!

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  1. Great article. By the way, I know all about “that drawer” where everything is stored when you don’t know where to put it! xo

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