By Christian Jay B. Quilo
Illustrations: Daryl Garces
UNLESS you’re the type who likes to wing it, staying organized is crucial when you’re in school — that includes the little things like your daily school bag. It’s easy to just stuff everything haphazardly in there, but wouldn’t it be so much better if your bag and its contents are neatly arranged and not looking like an unsegregated garbage bin? As we enter a new school year, here are 11 tips on how to keep your school bag tidy and put-together.
Get a structured bag.
If the bag is too small, it’ll be bloated and bursting at the seams. If it’s too big, it’ll look sloppy and the contents inside will get jumbled up. Before getting a bag, go through or make a check list of the things you’ll be putting in it so you can estimate the appropriate size of your bag.
Compartmentalize the contents.
Clean it out regularly.
Bring only the essentials.
Assign a place for everything.
Books go in the big compartment, pens go in the first slot, etc. If there’s a designated place for everything, you’ll know immediately where an item is when you need it. This also makes repacking more routine and systematic. When you’ve gotten used to the arrangement of everything, it becomes muscle memory!
Get a binder, if possible.
Make sure liquids are sealed tight.
The last thing you want to happen is your bottle of cologne or water tumbler spilling all over your notes for tomorrow’s exam. As an extra safety measure, you can even place small liquid items in a Ziploc bag like airport protocol.
When packing, start with large items first.
Secure sharp objects.
Pencils, capless pens or a pair of scissors can poke holes through your bag or leave streaks of ink if you don’t store them securely. Make sure your pens have their lids on, or better yet, get a separate pencil case.
Put the things you need frequently in the most accessible pocket.