For all high school students, having an organized locker is one of the most important pieces of being successful in school. Your locker is your essential depository for all items pertaining to your classes. Without an organized locker, you face the common high school dilemma of not being able to find the crucial components needed to meet your teacher’s demands.
The first step involved in organizing your locker is to take out all materials. The locker must be completely barren. There should not be a single scrap of paper, notebook, pencil, etc. in the locker. After the locker is emptied, you must create designated areas for items that you need to keep in the locker, take home, or throw away. This will ensure that only the most important items will be placed back into the locker. Labeling three cardboard boxes for each category works well for this. When sorting through the various items, make sure to take into consideration which items can actually be used at school. If too many items return to the locker, it will remain cluttered and unorganized.
Once you have finished sorting all of your materials, set up a twelve-inch foldable wire locker shelf inside the locker. The shelf will prevent you from throwing all your books on the floor of your locker. You may need a different size shelf if your locker is not the standard size. As soon as the locker shelf is able to stand up in the locker, place all of your books, folders, and notebooks vertically on the shelf. Be sure to organize the books by subject. Start by placing your first subject of the day on the left hand side of locker. Continue to line your books up in this order. This method will ensure that every book has a place. As long as the book is returned to the proper place, the locker will remain organized.
The next step to organizing your locker is to put all other items into the locker. Find a jar to place your pens and pencils in. Once all pens and pencils are in the jar, place it on the top shelf of your locker. Hang up a mirror, whiteboard, and any other magnets on the inside door of the locker for aesthetic pleasure. Make sure to place the mirror so you can see your face. The whiteboard should be placed at a level where it is not necessary to bend down or stretch to write on it. Loose-leaf and graph paper can be placed on the floor of the locker. If the paper is not packaged, use a binder clip to hold it together. If the paper is not clipped together, it will not remain neatly stacked and will clutter the bottom of your locker. Find a small locker tote or box for other miscellaneous items. Place this box on the top shelf of your locker as well. This will ensure that even the most random of items will have a place.
Finally, you can hang up your coat and backpack and enjoy the new organized atmosphere of your locker. You will now be fully prepared to take on your classes and your teacher’s demands will be met with ease. You will no longer have to worry about whether you will be able to find all the necessary materials for class.