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6 Organizing Tips To Make College Life Easier

Mandy Carr Jun 28, 2023

Wondering how to stay organized in college? The school year can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that stressful. You can prepare and use these organizing tips to make your life a lot easier—or at least, lessen the worry of getting everything done. It’s all about the planning and pacing of things. 

Here are our top organizing tips to help you keep on top of things at school and beyond.


Create Lists 

Organizing tip 101 is to make sure you’re planning carefully and writing down anything that you need to do. Creating lists for yourself will therefore be one of the best things you can do to stay organized in college and in life. It can be as simple as using a notes app on your phone or a piece of paper. Creating a weekly list with deadlines or dates against them is an easy and efficient way to keep track of everything that needs to be done. It’s good to keep main priorities on top and some of the other things you’d like to get done at the bottom. 

While having everything checked off the list feels good, it’s not always realistic that that will happen as new things will keep being added. So keep it sensible, but stay on top of those due dates too. And maybe reward yourself when you’ve got the most important things done—with a treat or even just a good nap.


Use a Planner

You’ll have many classes, assignments, and extracurricular activities to keep up with. Notes and lists are all well and good but to really ace your organization, using an actual planner will help you keep up with it all. If you’re old school and like writing things down, you could buy a planner, but there are also many apps that you can download for free. If none of these fit your style, you can create your own system of keeping track. When you’re on top of all this, you’ll never miss another play, game, poetry reading, assignment, or other activities. And, you’ll even find you’ve got more time freed up to do other things too. 


Clear Out and Back-Up Your Devices

The start of a new school year is the perfect time to clear out your computer or other device. Delete any files you don’t need anymore and transfer anything that you want to save for the future to a portable hard drive or the cloud. This clears up space for all the projects you’ll be doing this year. Clearing out your computer can also speed it up. When you have a paper due, the last thing you want is to sit there waiting for your computer to boot up. It’s also a good idea to back up your computer. You don’t want to lose any essential programs you’ll need for classes. Make sure you choose the right backpack to fit your laptop too.  


Schedule Your Study Time

You’ll have a schedule for your classes and anything else you join on campus, so create a schedule for your study time. This will help ensure that you not only stay on top of your classes but it won’t be challenging to find time to study when it’s time for a test because you’ve already scheduled it in. Then, while your classmates are stressing over tests, you can thank yourself for planning ahead. 


Choose Clothes the Night Before

Choosing an outfit you’ll wear for the next day, the night before will save you time in the morning when you rush out the door for class. It may sound like something your mom would tell you to do, but it’s actually good advice and is a real game-changer in the mornings. The last thing you want is to be late for class because you couldn’t figure out what to wear or couldn’t find those shoes that match your Right Pack bag. And, you know you’ll be extra stylish because you took the time the night before to plan the look. 


Plan Your Meals

Planning your meals in advance will also save you time during the week. Creating a plan at the beginning of the week will make preparation easier and give you one less thing to think about during the week. It can also really help you budget too. If you have a meal plan, you’re set, but if you have to buy your own food or cook, you’ll want to plan ahead. Some days you’ll want to eat out, so for example, eating at one of your campus dining options may be best if you have a late class. But for lunch, you could always use The Carryout lunch box. Pack something healthy that will give you energy for the day. This will help you more than buying that burger for lunch and will also save you money.


Designate a Place for Your Bookbag and School Books

While you're creating the coolest dorm room, make sure you’re saving a place for your bookbag and books. Mornings can be hectic as you and your roommate are rushing out the door. The last thing you want is to be scrambling for your books and belongings for the day. Keeping your Big Student backpack under your desk and your books on the side corner on top of the desk will make it easy to grab and go. You can pick anywhere you want your bag and books to go, but make it consistent and easy to grab. Carefully organizing your dorm room—including desk and drawers can go a long way toward a successful year. 


Want even more organizing tips? Here are 5 great tools to use to make your life easier.