Happy (almost) Halloween!!

 

This week, it finally feels like fall in Texas (maybe even winter)! The cooler weather means you’ll be spending less time outside, so why not put that extra time indoors to use? Last weekend, I cleaned out and organized my entire bedroom, bathroom, and closet. Using these easy steps, you can do it too!

 

  1. Decide which areas of your space you want to organize.

 

I decided to spend the whole weekend going through ALL of the items in my room. However, you do NOT have to tackle an entire room in one project! Deciding which areas to prioritize if you do not have the time to complete the entire space will help you when deciding how to arrange things in the meantime.

 

  1. Find or purchase some organizing bins and some trash bags.

 

If you don’t have anywhere to put items as you sort them for future placement, the whole process is going to get very messy and very overwhelming. For my organization project, I purchased several bins (like this one) to put in my closet. Storage bins keep the clutter out of sight and allow you to organize your items by category or type, making them easy to find when you need them. You can find all sorts of bins on the internet or at home décor stores to fit your style and your needs. I also put everything that I did not want to keep into either a donation bag or a garbage bag (label these so you don’t confuse them!).

 

  1. Begin with one drawer/area within the space and remove everything one item at a time.

 

When you pick up an item, decide which category it belongs to: Keep, Donate, or Trash. Be sure to have a separate area for each of the categories (trash bags for Donate and Trash), and sort by sub-categories within your Keep section (Sentimental? Clothing? Paperwork?). Don’t be afraid to get rid of things! If you haven’t used it in the last year and do not have sentimental ties to it, it’s probably time to part ways. Once you’ve completed a drawer/area, assess whether your Keep items should go back into that drawer/area or if you’d like to relocate them and use the (now empty) drawer/area for another purpose.

 

Repeat this process until you have gone through all of the items in the space you have chosen to organize.

 

  1. Now that your space is now organized, treat yourself!

 

You put so much hard work into cleaning up and organizing your space. Now, invest in yourself! When I finished my room organization, I decided to buy an essential oil diffuser and a new lamp to accessorize and finish off my new space. Making your space more visually appealing and enjoyable is another incentive to keep your room organized and clean!

 

I have found that I’m in a better mood and feel much less stressed when my room is clean. As overwhelming and time-consuming as it may seem, the outcome is definitely worth the effort. Setting a few hours aside to go through one area at a time or dedicating a whole weekend to completing the project are just two of many ways to accomplish this feat.

 

Good luck, and happy fall-cleaning!

 

 

While they may seem outdated, “Thank You” notes are still a very important part of academic, professional, and social culture today. In this post, I’ll be covering reasons to give a “Thank You” note, methods to deliver your message, and things to be sure to include in your note for several different scenarios. I’ll also include a more general template below. Being thankful doesn’t have to be scary or a secret, let people know that you are thankful for what they do for you!

 

Reasons to give a “Thank You” note:

  • You met with someone to learn more about their college/work and get advice
  • You attend a college/grad school/company info session
  • You received a letter of recommendation from someone
  • You had a college/job interview with someone
  • Your teacher/professor agrees to be a supervisor for your research project
  • You received a gift from someone

Ways to deliver your message:

  • Email
    • Most universally applicable
    • Can find email address on business card
  • Handwritten letter (mailed or hand-delivered)
    • Great option if you have a personal relationship or live in close proximity to them/their work

What to include in your message:

  • What the person did for you
  • How their help contributes to your academic plans/future/success
  • If there’s an outcome associated with their help: (you get accepted to a school/program/club), be sure to let them know!

Logistics:

  • Email: within 48 hours of the meeting/agreement/submission/etc.
  • Hand-delivered: drop off within a week
  • Mail: send out within 48 hours

 

 

A sample “Thank You” note could look like this:

 

Dear ________,

 

Thank you so much for meeting with me last week to discuss your role at _________. I really enjoyed learning about ______. I am looking forward to being considered for ______ and appreciate your help throughout this process. I hope to stay in touch and ________!

 

Thank you,

 

___________