Spring Clean Your School Space

Robyn Tellefsen | March 23, 2012

spring clean your college dorm roomSpring is here, which means it’s time to blow away the dust bunnies that have accumulated over the winter months and clean up. There’s just something refreshing and rejuvenating about studying in a clutter-free environment, don’t you think? When you’re schooling from a home office – however makeshift it may be – it’s critical to ensure your space is comfortable and well-organized. Check out our picks for fun products to aid you in the quest to spring clean your school space.

Make Memorable Memos
Ditch the Post-its and catch the wave of the future with Native Union’s “Play,” a fun, vibrant video memo pad. Use the Play to record up to three minutes of messages, like your ongoing to-do list or reminders about assignment deadlines. Featuring a 2.5 inch LCD screen and 40-day battery life, the Play can stick to any surface and help you keep your desk clutter free. Available in black, blue, green, pink, purple, red, and white. ($59.99, nativeunion.com)

Stay in Tune with Nature
If you simply must have paper notes adorning your walls, at least you can keep them neat, tidy, and au naturel with this whimsical Bird Corkboard. See Jane Work offers a variety of cute and stylish office supplies that can breathe life into your workspace. You’re sure to study with a smile when this bulletin board catches your eye! ($12.00, seejanework.com)

Go Green for Lighting
In all your spring cleaning efforts, don’t neglect the consideration of energy-efficient lighting. SYLVANIA’s DOT-it Dimmable is the perfect solution for shining light in the dark corners of your desk or on the spring semester books in your bookshelf. DOT-it Dimmable sticks to almost any surface and offers three levels of bright, white LED light that’s easy on the eyes – and the wallet. ($9.99, sylvaniaonlinestore.com)

Digitize Your Content
If paper clutter is killing your school sanity, tame the monster with NeatDesk. This high-speed, ultra-cool desktop scanner and digital filing system can help you archive your old term papers, tests, and projects for future reference; manage your finances by scanning receipts and student loan information to maintain a budget; develop and maintain a career database by scanning letters of recommendation, portfolio work, transcripts, and awards; and more. ($399.95, neat.com)

Trick Out Your iPad
You take your iPad everywhere you go, but when you’re ready to park it in your home office, you want it to function like a sturdy desktop computer. Enter RTA Products’ 2COOL 2C-TCK02C iPad case, a trendy, ergonomic case that comes with an adjustable stand and a built-in silicone, spill-proof, dust-proof Bluetooth keyboard. Never worry about coffee spills again! Available in black, red, pink, and white. ($49.99, wayfair.com)

Write Smart
You may be a techie to the max, but you still use pens and pencils for some school tasks, right? Rather than sorting through a junk drawer to find the proper writing implements, reach for Hipcycle’s fabulously unique pen and pencil holders, like the Chopstick Pen Cup. Hipcycle is dedicated to the growing upcycling trend in green design – taking something that would otherwise be thrown away and transforming it into something of greater use and value. ($10.00, hipcycle.com)

Clear the Desk
No review of home office products would be complete without a nod to Martha Stewart, the queen of beautiful (and practical) spaces. Martha’s Stack+Fit desk accessories can help you eliminate desktop clutter and get organized in style. Mix and match drawers and trays, organizers, stackable inboxes and more to fit your own space and storage needs for your school supplies. (Prices vary, staples.com)

Don’t Stop Now…
If you’re inspired to go further in your quest for home office organization, take a look at Smart Office Organizing: Simple Strategies for Bringing Order to Your Workspace by Sandra Felton (The Organizer Lady) and Marsha Sims (president of Miami-based Sort-It-Out, Inc.). The book can help you assess the mess, create an action plan, and maintain an organized office so you can stay on top of your schoolwork. ($13.99, bakerpublishinggroup.com)

–Robyn Tellefsen

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