Can You Help Me With My Dorm Room?

Hi FlyLady!

I am a full time college student and my mom finally convinced me check out When school starts back up in the fall, I’m worried I won’t be able to keep my life in order! I find it especially difficult with my busy schedule to keep my tiny space with my homework, bills, clothes, and other college clutter in order. Do you have any suggestions, specifically for young women living in a small space (dorm room, apartment, sorority house?) who are constantly on the go?

Thanks So Much!
Aspiring FlyGirl 🙂


Dear FlyGirl,

The reason you are having problems keeping your tiny space in order is because you have too much stuff in that small area. As for your homework, that comes first. If you have a hard time working in a cluttered space, then you may have to do some crisis cleaning to get the space functioning again. Your situation is no different from the rest of us that are always on the go! Face it, sweetie. Women are on the GO all the time; wait till you have a family! Enjoy your time now.

Everyone needs structure in your life and right now you do not have any. You are pretty much in reaction mode. It is time for you to sit down at your desk and put together a simple Control Journal. Last week, we had a great testimonial from a college student that had her own  office in a bag for her paperwork. Here it is:

Dear FlyLady,

I thought you would enjoy this. My 19 year old daughter is away at university and was tested as “right off the charts” ADD. We thought your  office in a bag would be a help in her staying organized for lectures. I got an email from her last night and in the subject line it said, “my littler purple lifesaver.” Here’s the letter she wrote me:

Hey Mommy,

I got my bag and I LOVE IT! I’ve set it up so that on the side with all the pockets are all my pencils and pens and highlighters and I have extra paper and post-it’s in the big pocket, and then my pink pad of paper on the other side with my daily to-do list. It has been working SO well. I know exactly what I have to do each day and my pens and highlighters are right there to cross it off as I do it. Then I just zip it up and go to class and everything is still right there with me. I think its a great idea and now its always open on my desk.

Thanks so much for another great thing to keep me sane!
Elizabeth (Your ADD Princess) LOL


FlyLady Here: I am fond of Pam and Peggy’s word “Sidetracked.” We do have those tendencies to forget things. This is why having the Office in a Bag is such a great tool for us. We have everything we need in one place and we can just grab it and go. It also keeps our desk cleared off so we can work without feeling clutter.

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