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Holly Wells, a freshman, reorganized her room by using an over the door shoe

Holly Wells, a freshman, reorganized her room by using an over the door shoe

Emily Harvey

Emily Harvey

Holly Wells, a freshman, reorganized her room by using an over the door shoe

Emily Harvey, Contributing Writer

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With midterms just behind us and finals creeping closer each day, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the school work that has to be done.That’s why spring is the perfect time to take a break and organize your life.

Thankfully, when it comes to life hacks there is never a shortage of ideas. Here are five cheap and easy ways to get your life back on track this spring.

  1. Bullet Journal

Bullet journals have taken the internet by storm this past year and have gained a massive cult following.

As far as ease goes, this is definitely at the top of the list. All you need is a journal and a pen.

Departing from the typical style of note taking, bullet journals are meant to be a faster way to organize your life.

As the name suggests, bullet journals are supposed to be made of compartmentalized short bulleted sentences. The key is to keep the entries short and keep an accurate table of contents at the beginning of the journal.

Bullet journals are meant to be a fun and individualized way to regain control of your daily schedule. And, they’re pretty too!

If you need inspiration, there are countless tutorial videos on YouTube about how to get your bullet journal started.  

  1. RePurpose

The cheapest way to get organized this semester is to use what’s already in your room. There are several basic dorm room items that can be repurposed and used to tidy up your life.

An existing over the door shoe holder can be used to hold anything from toiletries to snacks, all within a hand’s reach.

Using it to store toiletries is a great option for anyone whose residence hall offers a personal restroom.

Color coding is a great organizational tool to repurpose items in your room for a more specific purpose. Binders, drawers, and other containers can all be color coded and given a new more distinct function.

  1. Apps, Apps, and more Apps!

If you’re looking for an option that will take the least amount of effort possibly, look no farther than your cell phone’s app store.

There are several apps available,for both Apple and Android users, which can help you stay on top of everything from fitness to school work.

My Fitness Pal is perfect for anyone who always plans to go the gym but never actually finds the time. It tracks your fitness goals and time spent exercising. It can also keep track of meals, steps and other important information.

Clear is a more basic app but by no means any less useful. It organizes tasks and allows users to tick them off one by one.

There are plenty more great apps available so browse around and find one that works for you.

  1. Command Strip Hooks

This should be a college no-brainer.

What we are lacking in actual storage capacities, we can make up for by filling any available wall space.

Command strips are especially useful. Several hooks in a row can be used to store necklaces, ties and more.

You can also secure a string laundry bag to the wall using a command hook. This will clear up your closet and allow for even more storage space.

And those are only a few ideas. As far as command strips go, the possibilities are limitless.

  1. Declutter

Some people don’t need to introduce any new habits or DIYs into their lives, but should actually spend a little time doing the opposite.

Decluttering is a more direct approach to spring cleaning.

Dedicating a few hours to thoroughly cleaning and organizing your room will be worth it in the long run.

Empty out your drawers, throw away all those old nonessential assignments, even go through your closet and see if there is clothing that could be donated.

Life and school can feel overwhelming at times, there is no reason for your room to feel the same way.

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