“Just because you organize it, doesn’t mean it stays that way…
…it’s important to remember that it’s never about the setup, it’s about the follow-through.”
Why is it important that your kids clean their rooms… and keep them that way? Because, someday soon they will have a locker!
Organized lockers help with productivity in every area of their school day. Professional Organizer Donna Goldberg of The Organized Student® suggests using the “PACK system” when organizing this small, crowded and usually dark space like a school locker:
P – PURGE
Regularly, maybe once a week or once a month, take a couple of minutes to clear the clutter.
A – ACCESSORIZE
Depending on the size and shape of the locker, making your student’s locker their own means adding personality – but remembering practicality.
- Add under-shelf lighting (that doesn’t require a switch)
- Add additional locker shelving to the bottom of the locker for heavy books binders and papers. We love LockerBones organizer because it is simple to install, not tolls are needed, it is fully customizable and comes in 12 different colors!
- Add additional, sturdy hooks for a gym bag, extracurricular activities and winter coats.
- Adding color by decorating the inside of a locker is fun, but with all the of the vents and lock mechanism, it can be difficult to make it look nice. We suggest using colorful Locker Wallpaper that is magnetic – it is simple to install and take down at the end of the quarter when you want to redecorate.
- And, as Alejandra suggests in her “How to Organize Your Locker” video, you don’t need a whiteboard to write notes to yourself or decorate your locker, use liquid chalk markers!
C – CATEGORIZE
If you have a shelf in your locker, us it for separating stuff into categories. Either all one subject on one shelf or all one books on another.
K – KEEP IT UP!
Especially when having to rush from one class to another, the priority of your locker isn’t always tidiness. So, making sure your student has participated in the process of organizing and making sure to have a process, a plan and a place for everything (and everything in its place) increases the chances of keeping up with an organized locker.
Do you have an organized locker idea or a picture to share with us? We would love to hear from you!