With winter behind us it’s time for some fun in the sun, and also for one of my favourite things: the annual spring clean. So, let’s check the desk. Is it buried under an overwhelming pile of last semester’s notes? Littered with post‐its and old coffee cups? Generally untidy?
Yep, right here. Guilty as charged.
But before you go getting all down on yourself for not acing the study area cleanliness test, instead take this as an opportunity to make a change for the better. After all, it’s hard enough to get into study mode without being surrounded by mess, and a little cleaning never hurt anyone, did it?
Step 1: Get clean.
Before you do anything else, grab some cleaning supplies and give your desk and general study area a thorough clean. Coffee stains, be gone! With a nice clean slate you can move on to decluttering, and getting yourself organised.
Step 2: Get systematic.
Re‐organising your study space is a great way to increase motivation, and spring is the perfect time to make a few changes. Of course, everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to organising notes and the like, so choose a system that works for you. You can try sorting by academic subject, by semester or date, or with categories such as ‘class notes’ and ‘exam preparation’.
Once you have your system in place, go through all your notes and bits of paper, file anything that is needed (or could be useful in the future), then get busy shredding and recycling whatever’s leftover.
Step 3: Get inspired.
It’s always handy to feel inspired when working or studying, so keep this in mind when creating or updating your space. A mood board, fresh paint colour, or a simple houseplant can make all the difference. The aim is to create a quiet, functional space that you enjoy being in.
Now that you’re all sorted, it’s time to get productive. Happy studying!
This post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.
Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.