wikiHow to Be Organized for School

Have you ever just been looking for your homework in your overfilled locker or in your cluttered oh-so-cluttered folder? Have you ever seen your backpack at home and noticed it was so messy? Do you want to be very organized like those other students carrying binders and folders with papers nicely put in when they come into your classroom? Then please read on starting at Step 1 to be a not-so-messy person!


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    Before school starts, you will need to clean up your room. Start with throwing away old notebooks, papers, soda cans, etc., then, clean up your closet. Make three separate piles: one for charity, one that are so used up that they are just garbage, and one that are still good. Do what you have to do with the charity pile and the trash pile, and then wash and iron your keep pile. Now go to the desk you usually do your homework in, refresh all supplies, get rid of any drinks, food, and other items on your desk, and place the supplies listed in the next step on it, in case you need them for homework.
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    Now that your room is nice and clean, you can start fresh. Here's a list of what supplies you will need. Check with your teacher to see if you need anything other than these supplies:
    • Pencils
    • Pens
    • White out
    • Rulers
    • Highlighters
    • Notebooks (with your name and teacher)
    • Papers
    • Binder(s)(or accordion folder)
    • Crayons
    • Scissors
    • Mini-Stapler
    • Eraser
    • Pencil Sharpener
    • Calculator
    • Book Bag or Backpack
    • Pencil Case
    • Student Planner
    • Glue stick
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    Keep all these things nice and neat until school starts. Place them in your book bag until the first day. Many people believe you should put your book bag by the door so you can grab it when you leave each morning, but during the summer, it's best to keep your bag where you know it's safe, such as in your bedroom.
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    Take good care of your health. Shower every day. Get into the habit of doing this before the school year starts. You will want clean hair during the year, so why not have clean hair in the summer? Make sure you have your school uniform, or nice, new clothes, if your school doesn't have a uniform. Brush your teeth everyday, and apply deodorant daily. Keep yourself clean and fresh, this way no one will make fun of you. Also, get your exercise! Run, jog, play sports, ride your bike, skateboard, scooter, swim,etc., it's good to get your exercise in before the year starts so that you are very healthy when you go back.
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    Get into sleeping routine.Set you alarm clock at 7:00 A.M for example,and go to bed at 10:00 P.M,this way you won't feel tired,and you'll be prepared. Make a morning schedule, and follow it. Your schedule could be something like this:
    • 7:00 A.M.-Shower
    • 7:10 A.M.-Get Dressed
    • 7:20 A.M.-Eat
    • 7:30 A.M.-Brush Your Teeth
    • 7:40 A.M.-Drive to School
    • 8:00 A.M.-Start School Day
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    When school starts, be a good student! Study, listen to the teacher, take notes, do your homework, and try hard. Do not make your whole life school though! Have a great social life, and make friends with everyone!
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    Be very polite. Make new friends, be nice to teachers, and don't try to do stupid things. Follow school rules, and be a good friend. Try to have a good sense of humor, people like having friends that can make a joke. However, do not make jokes that make fun of other people. Try making jokes about things "out of the blue". Such as: if someone tells you a mean joke, turn it into a funny joke. Such as "Yo mamma so stupid she brought a spoon to the super-bowl", you could say "She must get it from you"
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    Join some after school activities. If you like basketball, join the basketball team. Like softball/cricket/netball? Join the baseball team. Like writing? Join the school newspaper. Like them all? Join them all! Pursue your interests, and have fun!
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    Talk to your parents about how you will get to school, and take the best route possible. If they will drive you, put any assignments, gym clothes, money, book bag, lunch bag, etc., the night before, this way, it will all be there when you get in the car to leave. If you take the bus or walk, leave your things by the door you usually leave in on your way to school.
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    Keep your book bag looking good. At the beginning of the year, buy a good, strong book bag with at least two compartments. Make sure that you keep it very neat. Carry your lunch box, don't stick it in your bag, this way-in case it spills-your books won't get ruined. Only put books in your bag, never food. Keep food in your lunch box. Make sure no drinks get in there either. Here is what the two compartments should hold.
    • The smallest compartment should hold your everyday going-to-school things, such as: wallet, calculator, umbrella, keys.
    • The larger compartment(s) should hold your larger books, such as: textbooks, binder(s), workbooks, notebooks, pencil case.
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    Keep your planner up-to-date. Make sure that it holds all of your important information, this way you don't need to keep remembering things. Check your planner at night before you go to bed and first thing in the morning. Stay organized with your planner!
    • Use highlighters, stickers, or anything else that will stand out for important dates.
    • Color Code Homework assignments that are in your planner (CCH).
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    During the year, make sure that you are still a very organized person. Have regular organization check-ups. Here is something that can aid you along the way:
    • Check your planner every morning. You'll know what the day will bring.
    • Pack your book bag before you go to bed every night.
    • Clean out your locker once a week. Sort, trash, bring home anything unreasonable.
    • Clean out your desk once a week as well. Keep it studious and neat, all year long.
    • Bring home your pencil case once every week or two. Ask a parent or other family adult to help you freshen it up.
    • Check your planner every night before you go to bed. You'll go to sleep knowing what the day will bring.
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    And if you need to have something to keep organized, ask your parents! They will most likely be happy to help.


  • Have everything ready the night before. It avoids a hectic morning.
  • Gather your items and clothes the night before, as this can take a long time. Make sure you know where everything is. If you bring a lunch, pack it beforehand too.
  • Ask lots of questions. If you don't understand something, tell the teacher right away, don't wait until the night before the test, when it is too late.
  • Be cool and confident, but don't be a fake. Kids will know if you aren't being yourself, or you won't be happy with yourself. Try pursuing things that interest you, you will be surprised at how many friends you can make!
  • Take notes! Listen to the teacher carefully. If she says something that sounds important, write it down, if she repeats something, write it down, and if she writes something on the board, add it to your notes.
  • Keep an extra copy of your class timetable in your locker/phone/bag so you will always know where you are going even if you forgot your original copy.
  • If you have something you need to do the next day (get something signed, etc.), write it down on a post-it note and stick it on your phone/alarm clock/school bag to remind you. That way you won't forget about it.
  • Plan your outfit the night before so you wont rush in the morning.

Things You'll Need

  • School supplies
  • Day planner
  • Notebooks
  • Calendar to make sure you are organized

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