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My new semester starts in a couple of weeks, and I want to get all my books and materials better organized.<br><br>
My classes are all online, and the computer I use is our one family computer, so the kids also need the desk for homework and playtime. What ends up happening is that my books and papers are basically all over the floor, which obviously doesn't work well! The computer is in my bedroom, and I'm not sure we can move it anywhere just yet (the desk is too big).<br><br>
What have other student mamas done to get (and stay!) organized?
 

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I have a pocket folder with the tabs in the middle for each class. i put paper in the tabs to write my notes on and i keep my syllabus and other papers in the pockets. Sometimes i even put a calendar in to keep track of tests and stuff. Hope that helps. I love school!
 

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Instead of looseleaf and binders, I use coil notebooks for notes, and any loose papers go into file folders (one for each class)
 

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DP and I have a home office, which helps a lot. I don't know how much space you have, but here's what we've done that I think could be duplicated in a bedroom:<br><br>
I bought a plain cork bulletin board and try to tack loose notes and reminders on it so they don't get lost in a pile of paper. I also put my course schedules up there and mark off items as I finish them, which is a nice visual clue to how much I've accomplished <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
(I actually bought a plain cork board for like $5 and spray painted it to match the office, so it's cute to boot)<br><br>
I have an organizer that screws to the wall, like a magazine rack. DP and I both use it, but I envisioned using one slot for each class to hold loose papers, notebooks, etc. That way everything is in one place. Right now, it's kind of a mess <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I have a dry-erase calendar that I write deadlines and schedules and such on. The dry-erase is nice because if I fall behind or work ahead, I can change the rest of the month easily. I also make notes of big family things we have going on, so I know if one of my days won't be available for studying.<br>
The one I have is magnetic, so it sticks to the metal bulletin board we have.
 

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Our desk right now is in a corner in our living room. Last semester it was a disaster area most of the time. Our books, thrown all over, couldn't find the paper we were just looking at, or anything.<br>
This semester we bought some office supplies to organize with. We got a paper organizer, with three slots. An envelope holder, to hold school assignments working on, a paper shredder - because i don't want to have to hold onto any piece of paper with personal info on it and also purged a ton of things.<br>
Its so much better. Our semester doesn't start until thursday, but hopefully we can keep it nice thru the summer.<br>
When we move we are going to have a space designated for an office, not in the living room, and we are going to set it up much like <b>woobysma</b><br><br>
As far as my actual school work- i use spiral bound notebooks usually 5 subject ones, and keep a portable file folder for all the loose leaf info i get. Keep it all in my bag, so i always have it. I find simple is easiest.
 

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Woobysma:<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2">
 

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Oh god... honey, if you actually saw my office right now you'd laugh at me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Yes, I have one really well organized wall for school.<br><br>
But, I left out the part about the sewing table completely covered with old text books, empty drinking glasses and torn clothes (some of which have been outgrown in the time they've been sitting there waiting to be mended), the "guest bed" that's now Mount Laundry and the game closet that looks like it exploded all over the floor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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Thanks for the great ideas.<br><br>
I love the corkboard, and it would work well in the bedroom. I hope there's some office supplies on sale soon!
 
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