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It’s One Thing to Get Organized, But How About STAYING Organized?

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BU chapter.

One of the best feelings is getting your once messy space and scattered belongings back in order—especially when your room may have previously looked like a small tornado hit. We all have that one spot that remains the dumping ground for our random belongings, clothes, and shoes that we never feel like putting away. And there are always those objects that never seem to find a home in your space. 

But, when the time comes and you clean it all up and somehow find a place for everything, it leaves you feeling renewed and with a sense that you could get just about anything done! 

If you are type A, and frequently in the habit of organizing like I am, staying neat is the key to functioning efficiently. But, for others, a lack of organization fits their lifestyle and works better for them—the ones that frequently identify their mess by saying, “I know exactly where to find whatever I need.” 

Regardless, we all need to regroup sometimes by organizing: the problem is making it last. 

The most obvious, yet most helpful tip is finding a spot for everything. This is essential to maintaining that organization you worked so hard on! If everything has a spot, it’s a lot harder for your things to get messy and out of place. 

You can now easily put things away after using them. This will make organization less of a task and more of a routine where you do upkeep: training yourself to put things back in their spot. If staying organized daily is something you can’t see yourself doing, set aside time once a week for upkeep. Maybe this is the time where you put away all the shoes you’ve been shoving in the corner or all those papers on your desk that accumulated throughout the busy week.  

Another part of staying neat is getting rid of things you don’t need! Whether that be giving unneeded items away or throwing away, minimizing clutter will make organization a lot easier.

We all get messy sometimes. So, the next time that that big ‘organization day’ arrives, think about how you can prolong it! Especially in college, it’s a lot easier to exist in a small space if things are put away and neat. 


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Christina Constantine is a Boston University senior studying journalism. She is a New York City native that loves all things fashion, health, and lifestyle related.    
Writers of the Boston University chapter of Her Campus.