There are many intimidating things about starting the new school year. New teachers. New classes. New friends and social groups to navigate. But the most intimidating thing of all–particularly if you are starting a new stage of school altogether, like middle or high school–is your new locker.
As a chronically disorganized individual with consistently misguided, optimistic views on my own skills of organization–you know, I take one trip to the Container Store or go on a design-themed Tumblr once and I think I’m cured of my inherent messiness forever–lockers have always been tough for me. Staying organized can be hard, and it’s especially hard to keep a one-foot wide, one-foot deep steel box in check. But, like most things, it can be done with some planning and determination. So. If you want to have a badass locker game this year, check out these ways to keep your locker organized:
1. If you get a mirror for your locker, get one that has a puch in the bottom to store your odds and ends:
2. Or buy a few mesh containers to store extra pens, pencils, blotting sheets, and gum:
3. Or make your own!
4. Use shelves to create a divide in the locker and make it feel like you have more space:
5. If you can, you can get a shelf that has three different levels so you can organize your different books, school supplies, and other random things you’ll need throughout the day:
6. Feeling forgetful? Line your locker with a chalkboard or whiteboard slate so you can leave messages for yourself:
7. It also can’t hurt to keep a cheat sheet of your different classrooms, particularly if you’re in a new school and don’t know your way around that well:
9. You can color-coordinate your binders for each class so you know exactly what to grab before heading to class:
9. You can also keep a “survival kit” in your locker where you store an emergency stash of deodorant, tampons, and extra school supplies:
10. Keep a pad of paper on the inside of your locker! This will help you keep track of important dates and events:
11. Chances are good that you aren’t allowed to bring your cell phone to class–make a pouch so you know where it is at the end of the day:
12. If you’re into Duck tape, this is a cute and easy tutorial to do so:
13. Attach magnets to the back of your highlighters so they’re always handy:
13. Have something you need to pin up quickly? Make these (super cute) bottle cap magnets that can serve as decoration and paper-holders:
14. If you have some old paint samples lying around, use them to store your passwords and combinations:
15. Keep an extra hook (or two) to store your bag throughout the day. And, if you want, you can stick a photo of your dog in the back to use as inspiration:
Do you usually have an organized locker? Do you have any tips for dealing with it? Let us know in the comments!