6 Steps For Decluttering and Organizing In A Small Living Space

6 Steps For Decluttering and Organizing In A Small Living Space

Whether living in a dorm room or apartment, keeping a small space organized can be a challenge for busy college students.

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Keeping my dorm clean and organized seems like a struggle throughout multiple points in my day. By implementing these steps into my own small space, I now want to share what has worked for me. These steps are easy to do and don't take much time out of my busy schedule as a student.

1. Find a layout that works

Being an Interior Design major, I was dying to get my hands on the dimensions and furniture provided in my room. I quickly realized it was SMALL. My mom created some CAD drawings with multiple options for my roommate and me to decide on that can be found here. I am also a psychopath that loves to rearrange things and have probably pulled out my tape measure 3 times this week just to re-evaluate the space. By finding a layout that works best for your storage needs, your space will be more organized and personal. The traditional layouts are great, but maybe there is another option to be considered that will work in the space better!

2. Marie Kondo everything you own

The Marie Kondo trend is all over the place currently, and I feel it is a really important aspect to shrinking the amount of clutter found in a small apartment or dorm room. Basically, it is assessing your belongings as to whether they spark joy or not. By doing this, the small space of a dorm or apartment can be maximized to only contain what brings joy to you. The items you choose will hold more value, and you will be less likely to leave them out or throw them around the room, creating more clutter. You can visit Marie Kondo's website to learn more.

3. Utilize boxes

Boxes are important in keeping a space organized. They can be a place to keep clusters of items in similar categories that would otherwise clutter the space. For example, I keep a box full of craft/art supplies, accessories (belts and scarves), and pens in my room, among many others. Kitchen supplies or even school binders/folders can be organized into boxes. It is a great way to keep a space looking nice and gain organization.

4. Fold more clothing

This is another concept that was inspired by Marie Kondo. By following her folding techniques, clothes take up less space and can be more easily viewed. It is a great way to not let clothes pile up, or have too many hanging in a small closet. If you fold your clothes, it will take more time and you will learn to find the value in each piece as you spend more time to take care of it!

5. Keep important spaces clear

The times when my room looks the most cluttered are when places like my desk are covered and unusable. By keeping any work space clear, you can use them at any time. This may seem redundant, but I often have to clear off my desk before working on homework. If my desk is already clean, then I am in a position to begin work and often feel more motivated to actually get to work!

6. Always put items back where they belong

This point goes along with the last one about keeping important spaces clear. While dorms or apartments are small spaces, items can often get put far from where they belong. My first step in organizing is often grouping items into the general areas where they belong. If items already start relatively close to where they should belong, then it makes organizing later easier and finding items at the present so much better. For example, instead of throwing my sweater over the back of my chair, I put it on the shelf that it belongs. Then I still have the option to grab it if I need it, without fully folding it and putting it back in with the others.

These are all steps that I have taken to reduce my daily clutter and stay more organized in the small space of a dorm, and hopefully they can help you as well!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.

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In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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