Hello! Recently I’ve been loving doing crafty stuff, and have turned my hand to making some bits and bobs that help to keep my room organised and to keep ME organised when school arrives in the next few weeks.
I always like to try to keep my room tidy, but over the past few months the amount of clutter has been growing and growing, so I decided it was time to have a bit of a tidy up because having an organised room will (hopefully) encourage me to be more organised and relaxed instead of despairing everything I walk into my messy room.
So as well as making some school-related DIYs to add to my room, I’ve also made some things that help to tidy up the clutter.
A while ago Janet wrote about how she stays organised at university and advised the use of calendars, and as I usually just rely on a small pocket-sized diary to scribble down deadlines and other notes, I thought I’d give it a go. As I didn’t want to go out and but a calendar (and i would only be able to use it until the end of December before buying a new one) I decided to make my own monthly calendar printouts. There are loads available for free on line, but I just simply opened up Microsoft word and made my own.
As don’t have a notice board, I often use my wardrobe as a place to display things, so it was the perfect place to put them. Monthly calendars are so useful as you can write all your deadlines on there and it’s very easy to see when you have important dates coming up, even if they are a few months away, so you don’t end up procrastinating and leaving them until the last minute (in theory). I’ve decided to display four months at a time, as the acedemic year can be divided into three “chunks”: September-December, January-April and May-July (and also it just looks nice with four), but you can display however many you want at one time. The good thing about having calendars in your room is that when you wake up and go to bed, you’ll be able to check all your deadlines and stay up to date, so there’s less chance you’ll forget something important.
(If you would like a copy of the monthly printouts I made, comment your email down below and I’ll send them over!)
As I mentioned before, memos are a great way to stay organised. They don’t take up much space and are always handy for more taking and to-do lists. Last year I didn’t have lessons on Wednesday and Friday, so I used to stay at home and study and the one thing I could have done with is some memos to write up my to-do lists for the day. Although you can buy some really cute memos and sticky notes, I decided to reuse an old notebook by ripping out all the unused pages and cutting them down into quarters. I then fastened them with a bulldug clip to hold them together. It’s so easy to do and it’s great to reuse old stationary, plus you don’t feel guilty about getting rid of them after you’ve used them!
This is less directly related to school, but it’s still a great way to stay organised! I don’t know about you but one thing that used to stress me out was having loads of packets of earrings and no way to store them – I literally just had a draw full of them and it was such a mess. However, yesterday I cleared out a load of of earrings and made this little box for the ones I am keeping. It was very easy to make – I just used one of the many jewellery boxes I had that had one set of earrings in (such a massive box, can you believe it) and rolled up some face wipes I’d had for ages that had dried up to create the ridges, then poked the earrings in between. It’s so much neater having them all in one box, and I think it looks really cute too.
This is probably the simplest DIY ever. Whilst clearing out my room, I came across two small round pots that had gems in (first picture) that you’re supposed to stick on your nails. Although I didn’t want the gems any more, the pots were too cute to throw away so I’ve repurposed them and they’re the perfect size to store spare earring backs in (because they always come in handy!).
The second picture shows a bigger plastic pot which used to be a box for cake cases. Before I found this my bobby pins and hair bands were all jumbled up in a draw and it was such a pain to find what I wanted, so I found this little pot and am using it to store them in, which is so much neater!
So, that concludes the DIYs I’ve made recently! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and if you have any DIYs to recommend, please do so in the comments – I love making new things!
(Also it’s almost autumn and I’m sooo excited, it’s by far my favourite season! I was thinking about doing some sort of back to school posts about advice for starting sixth form and maybe a what I wear to sixth form fashion post, so if you’d be interested then please let me know! (I’ll probably end up doing them anyway haha). Also I’m always open for collabs/guest posts – I feel like I don’t say that enough, so if you would be interested get in touch).