By Chris Higley of Sterilite Corporation
Welcome to Part Two of our two part mini-series aimed at improving your life in a dorm. This post concentrates on setting up and organizing your desk for a focused and productive boost.
Schools and their students know how a living environment can affect success. In fact, the University of Richmond’s Newsroom wrote about the impact on students’ concentration, creativity and academic success that comes from their environment. This environment includes dorm layout and décor. The university’s article explains what current and graduated students already know and what newcomers might expect: that students spend a large fraction of their time studying, sleeping and hanging out in their dorm rooms. This further supports how important it is to set up a dorm environment that suits your style. Focusing on how to make the elements of your room best fit into this environment can drastically help to improve your experience at school.
Whether you are studying for an exam or just hanging out watching Netflix, your desk is a key element in your dorm room. You may have found that it is one of the best places to be productive at school. Getting caught up with the busy nature of life can soon lead to leaving things all over your desk. Before you know it, it can get overwhelmingly covered in stuff that makes you not want to sit there. In addition to the inconvenience you experience from a messy desk, it can also be stressful to live under these conditions. We want to help lessen your stress and empower you to get your space working for you.
With all of the classes you’re taking, you will have notebooks, binders and folders piling up. I have been in other students’ dorm rooms and seen these sprawled out throughout their room, creating chaos and disorder. Sometimes, notebooks and binders are stacked underneath beds or on dressers, but most commonly, I see this stuff taking up the majority of space on everybody’s desk allowing no space for studying. A helpful strategy to overcome this mess is to organize these resources in a Sterilite File Box. As a bonus, you can add file tabs to more quickly find the resource you need. Some people may not need to utilize the file tabs and find that simply stacking notebooks, binders, and folders in the file box is enough. This keeps everything together in one confined and easy-to-move place.
The next mess that usually threatens to consume desk areas includes pens, pencils, highlighters (pro tip: super useful for note-taking), staplers... you get the idea. Sterilite’s Small Divided Box can keep all of that loose stuff easily visible and contained in one place. Clear containers are essential to keep track of your things and easily find what you need when you need it. Having these school supplies all over the surface of your desk can be extremely distracting. You want your desk to be a place of focus and productivity, not filled with clutter. To tame the beast that is your chaotic army of desktop supplies, you should designate each item a home on your desk and always put it back where it belongs after use.
From sticky notes to scissors to all of the disorder in between, Sterilite’s Small 3 Drawer Unit can take care of that. The drawers conveniently hold 8 ½” x 11” paper and you can also stack multiple units on top of each other for a customized storage solution! Take control of your space and let your own style guide your choice of what goes in what. For a more decorative option, check out our new Medium Weave 3 Drawer Unit. This classy option can affordably take your desk style up a notch and features three easy-to-open drawers.
With some help from Sterilite, I hope you can design your desk for success by cleaning up your space and bringing focus to your workstation. And remember, stay organized, study hard, and have fun this school year!