Sunday, 22 December 2013

LIML: A Typical Weekday! :)

*Welcome to my blog in case you're stopping by from the ABFOL - One Project at a Time: 12/24/13! Hope you like my post! Feel free to leave a comment! I love it when people do! :D
Also, while I don't celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas to those who do! :)*

Hi!

For this "Look into my Life" (LIML) post, I decided to generalize it & make it a typical weekday!

Keep in mind, it's busy, tiring & boring but I thought it would be nice to share so you can see how I manage my time! (Also it might clear up why I don't post a frequently as I would love to!)

6:30 AM - Rise & shine! It's going to be a great day! (Not really, I have to go to school, which is not that interesting as it used to be)

6:30 AM - 7:00 AM - Get ready for school!

7:00 AM - Leave for school! Yay! (or not. :P)

8:30 AM - Reach school! (Unfortunately, since there are a fewer number of buses available, it takes 90 minutes to reach school instead of 15)

8.30 AM - 5:30 PM - SCHOOL! 9 hours of listening to teachers & studying. I have 50 minute classes (Physics, Math, Chemistry, Botany & Zoology), 2 10-minute breaks & a 30-minute one for lunch!

5:30 PM - School's out for the day! Yippee!

7:00 PM - Reach home!

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Have a little snack & watch TV!

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Practice violin or study if I have too much to do!

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Study!

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Have dinner & use the laptop! (I am permitted to use the laptop for only these 30 minutes on weekdays, hence it becomes hard to post often)

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM - I used to watch MasterChef Australia but now I just get back to studying!

10:00 PM - 11:00 PM - Study!

11:00 PM - 11:30 PM - Pack my bag for school, finish any remaining work that I have to do, 
bedtime routine, etc)

11:30 PM - Time to go to sleep! :)

That's pretty much my entire day! What's with all the studying, you may ask? Well, I have 3 hour exams - Physics, Chemistry & Biology every Saturday for which I have to study 6-8 chapters!
This is the best that I can do when it comes to managing my time! There are a lot of things that I would like to include into my day-to-day life like exercising, for one!

How do you manage a typical day in your life? I would LOVE to know! Leave a comment below!

Thanks a TON for reading this post! Feel free to tell me your thoughts on it & please follow/subscribe so you know when I post next! Thanks!

-Kavya :)
"Everyday is a new opportunity. Remember, you can live off of yesterday's success or you can put behind all your failures and start over again. That's the way life is, a new game everyday." - Bob Feller 


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

What's in my school pencil case? (+essentials!) :)

The test is about to start. What are you doing? Rummaging through your school bag to find a single pencil or pen and when you can't your bag just seems like a bottomless pit, right? You then decide to ask everyone around you if you could borrow one and finally that works - you take the test. When you reach home, you realize that your one pen & blunt pencil were shoved in random pockets that you didn't even know existed in your backpack.

Has this ever happened to you before? Even though the situation may have not been this dramatic, I'm pretty sure that there's been at least one time where we all have had no stationary with us at all! 

Your #1 Solution: Carry a pencil case!

A pencil case keeps your school supplies organized and easy to access! They're super easy to use, so just use it! It really saves you from all the clutter!
(I wouldn't recommend using the pen/pencil pockets in backpacks because they can fall out from there too!)

What's in my pencil case? 
I've used different types of pencil cases before -  now I have a fairly small sized one! (which cost $1!)


1. Pens - 2 blue and 1 black (ballpoint). I use blue for exams and writing most of my notes whereas I use black for headings/sub-headings! (more on note taking here!)

2. A Pencil (+lead) - 2 (both by BIC). I use one on a regular basis & the other for exams (they are HB & #2, so they work for tests too!)

3. A ruler - mine opens up & functions as a longer one too! Which is great because I've broken about 6 long rulers or so by just keeping them in my bag - the weight of the books is too much! 

4. An eraser - Mistakes, be gone!

5. A stapler - For putting together test papers & loose leaf ones it becomes really handy! I've even seen staplers smaller than the one I've shown here! 



*In a separate ziploc bag, I store scissors, glue, shake-and-squeeze white out & a highlighter! I decided to store them separately because I don't reach for them a lot! (However, now I do use the highlighter a lot more) In a separate pocket in my bag I have a post-it pad! I actually don't reach for them a lot at school but I do a TON at home! 

That's all! Thanks a TON for reading this post! Hope it was helpful!

What do you keep in your pencil case? Leave a comment below! Please go ahead and subscribe/follow so YOU know when I post next! Thanks!

-Kavya :)
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” - Joshua J. Marine




Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Reorganizing: Memorabilia! :)

*Welcome to my blog if you're visiting from the WE Heart Organizing! link party! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you like my blog! Yes, I am a student but in case you were wondering of what my intention a starting a blog is & a little bit about me, click here!* :)

Hi! [Long time no post? Sorry about that! I've been super busy with school - I have 8 chapters to study in 1 week for an exam & I've been a little under the weather too!)]

Recently I reorganized one of my drawers - the one in which I keep memorabilia! You know how much it costed me? Nothing! Nothing at all! It also took me only about 15 minutes!
You can still be organized without spending anything at all - in fact, I think that's one of the best things about organizing!

Here's where the drawer is:

The top one! It is small but there is a very small number of photos in this drawer, instead I keep certain items like cards, books, etc (you'll see!) I would probably need at least 20 drawers if I wanted to store photos in them!

The drawer: Before



Here it is - A big mess! Card on top of card, random notebooks shoved in between, little trinkets here & there, this is definitely NOT organized!

The Re-organizing process: (I decided to break it down into steps!)

Step 1: I took everything out of the drawer and cleaned the drawer a bit.


Step 2: I sorted everything into piles! One each for - cards, notebooks, pics & random stuff!




Step 3: I placed the things in different spots, one by one as shown below:


Pic #1 - Notebooks, Pic #2 - cards & pics, Pic #3 - Other cards (smaller ones), other trinkets! 

That's it! Like I said, it took me only a matter of 15 minutes & didn't cost anything at all!

The drawer: After!



Hope you liked how it turned out! Thanks a TON for reading this post! I hoped it inspired you somehow! Feel free to leave a comment below! Also, please go ahead & subscribe/follow so you know when I post next! Thanks! 

-Kavya :)
"Sometimes you never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory." 


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Peek into my Planner: 11th - 17th Nov, 2013! :)

*Welcome to my blog if you're visiting from A Bowl Full of Lemons: One Project at a Time! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my post!*

Hello!
Hope you all had a good week!

I decided to do a "Peek into my Planner" post for the past week, my first one too!


Here's the week at-a-glance!

Colour code:
Purple - Biology (B-Botany, Z-zoology)
Green - Chemistry
Orange - Physics
Yellow post it - Tests/Assignments
Orange post it - Events

Weekly Recap:


Close up! 

Monday:
I generally have tests on Sunday but this week, it was a subjective test on Friday which meant I had less time to study! I did a little bit of Botany & some Organic Chemistry!

Tuesday:
I studied only Physics which took up most of my day!

Wednesday:
I realized that I forgot to check it off - I did finish studying what I had planned to do, I decided to go to sleep!

Thursday:
The teachers completed teaching most of the syllabus for Friday's test on Thursday, so I had to study everything else!

Friday:
The Test, or should I say, tests?
It was out of 25 marks & I got above 20 in both Biology & Physics! I don't know my Chemistry marks yet!

Saturday:
I had to participate in a sports meet! (swimming)
I won 3rd place in Backstroke, 2nd in Butterfly & Freestyle, 1st in IM! 

Sunday:
Relaxed, had violin class & studied a little math for the SAT.

How was your week? 
Do you like these type of posts? Leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on them!

Thanks a TON for reading this post! Please follow/subscribe so you know when I post next! Thanks!

-Kavya :)
"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." - Micheal Althsuler


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

How to take notes for school! :)

Hi!
Today's post is all about how you can take notes for school! Your notes really matter when you look back at them to study for tests!

*For this post, I took a picture of a page of notes from my zoology notebook (the neatest one I could find!) and re-wrote the material in different ways so you could see the difference!*

1. Bullet points:


How: When you're teacher is speaking, write down the main heading and bullet points under that. If they introduce a sub-topic, be sure to write a heading that and continue taking down points!

Tips!
  • Use different colours to write headings and/or sub-headings!
  • Use different symbols (or number the points) to indicate whether the point is a sub-point to a main one!
  • I suggest you stick to the margin instead of indenting, simply because it saves space!
Works best for: Social Studies, Biology

Is it for you? Well, if you like everything to be in a simple order, yes! If you're more of a visual learner, then keep on reading!

2. Mind maps/flowcharts:


How: Write down the main topic in the center of the page. Pick up key words that your teacher says and jot them down around the spot where you've written the main topic!

Tips!
  • Don't write down too many points around the main topic - this will minimize the "cluttered" look! 
  • Keep it simple: use dashes instead of connectors, abbreviations (if you are permitted to), etc. This will help you have only the most important keywords in your notes - plus, it'll be easier to study!
  • Use arrows to connect different points or steps to make it a flowchart!
Works best for: English (character sketches)

Is is for you? Yes, especially if you are a visual learner! If you don't have a lot of material to study, this works efficiently too!

3. Q & A:



How: It's pretty self-explanatory, just write down the material in Q & A form!

Tips!
  • Underline/highlight the key words in the answer - when you go through your notes later, then you can try to remember the key words & frame the rest of the answer on your own! 
  • "Star" any important questions! If your teacher is stressing on those points, it's probably important! 
  • To keep things neat and colour-coded, write the question in one colour & the answer in another!
Works best for: Subjects that require solving like Math & Physics. It even works good for Chemistry!

Is it for you? Yes, if you study by saying things out loud! If you study in groups often, it is also works great for that because you can ask each other the questions!

Those are 3 note-taking methods that are tried and tested by me! My favourite one is the Heading/Sub-heading one (#1)! Thanks a TON for reading this post!

What is your favourite method out of the three I have mentioned? Do you have another way to take notes? Leave a comment below! Also, please go ahead and subscribe/follow so you know when I post next! Thanks! 

-Kavya :)
"The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique." - Walt Disney








Saturday, 9 November 2013

Bloglovin' button! :)

Hi! Hope you're doing good! 

*This post consists of my personal opinion - I came across this (quite late, if I may add) and just wanted to inform you that my blog now has a Bloglovin' button too! Link(s) are non-affiliated, of course!* :)
 
I enjoy reading a lot of blogs (when I have the time to, that is) & making sure I can read their latest posts! Following a blog is the best way to make sure that I don't miss any of their posts! 

I have noticed that a lot of blogs have a Bloglovin' button and decided to look up what it actually is! In fact, it's a really nice way to follow blogs for avid blog readers!

 I decided to join the blogosphere by starting a Bloglovin' page for this blog - OrganizationtotheMax!
In case you are on Bloglovin', please go ahead and follow me! The button's in the right sidebar (or you can click here)!
It really means a lot! Thanks!  

-Kavya :) 
"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success." - Napoleon Hill
 


Sunday, 27 October 2013

How I Organize: School Stuff! :)

*Welcome to my blog! I've linked up this post to the Organize It! Link Party! Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to read my blog! It means a lot!* :)

Hello!
I already have a How to Organize series, where I tell you different ways to organize certain spaces/items. This is a new series where I will show you how I organize myself (hence the "I", of course)!

Generally, I have school for 9 hours a day, 6 days a week. Do the math - 54 hours of school every week which includes a 3 hour exam too! I'm pretty sure you can understand why organizing myself for school is really important because if I'm not, then I would probably be a mess - a huge mess!

The method I use to organize myself: An Expanding file folder!

What: 
An expanding file folder that has 5 pockets on one side & a handy dandy notebook (get it? - hint: Kids TV show) on the other!


The outside of the file!

Its described as a "Citysmart Conference Folder" though it works just fine for school too!
 

How I organize:



First off, my classes are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math & English. I've assigned a pocket for each subject except English because I don't have papers for that class! I store question papers in the remaining pocket because like I mentioned before, I have tests weekly, which means I have question papers to store which I can look through for cumulative exams!
As for the notebook, I just write down syllabus for that week's test, extra points, etc.It's also perforated, so I can tear pages out of it too in case I need to!

Price:
$8 - Yes, a little expensive for a file folder but it's great quality & I know I'll use it for a long time!

What I love:
The decent size of the pockets because sometimes pockets can be small and most papers have to be folded in order for them to fit!
The notepad - it's a nice addition to the file & is great for jotting down points!

That's all for this post! I hope you liked my first "How I Organize" post & the method I used!

Thanks a TON for reading! Feel free to leave a comment below on your thoughts about this post & any other "How I Organize" posts you would like to see! Please go ahead & subscribe/follow my blog so you know when I post next! Thanks!

-Kavya :)
"Life is like a photograph. It uses the negatives to develop." 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

2nd Term Goals! :)

*Welcome to my blog if you're visiting from A Bowl Full of Lemons: One Project at a Time! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my post!*

Hi!
Long time no post, right? Sorry about that! In my previous post, I did mention that I had midterms, so I spent most of my time studying. After that, I got a week off during which I had to go somewhere with my family & couldn't post!

Today (Oct 20) is the last day of my 1st term vacation & looking back on the previous term, I realized that there are quite a few things that I need to change for the upcoming one. So, I decided to make a list of goals!

1. Managing time wisely:
This was something that I used to be good at - managing multiple activities and always being on top of my work was something that I was proud of. However, the past term, the work took over me and that needs to be changed.

2. Exercising regularly:
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." - This is exactly what's happening & it definitely needs to change!

3. Practicing violin regularly:
This is something that I have been doing but I need to practice even more! After all, practice makes perfect!

4. Study for the SAT:
Even though I live in India, I want to try applying for colleges in the USA which means I need to take the SAT. It's something I haven't started studying for and I need to now! If you have any tips, leave them in a comment below!

5. Writing in my planner - DAILY:
I write in my planner on a regular basis but not regularly. I keep track of tests & due dates mentally, but I think jotting them down is a lot better!

6. Re-organizing my life:
This is probably the biggest goal that I have and if I accomplish all the above (especially #1), this will be off the list too. Being organized is what gets makes me a good student! The past term, the workload has been a little too much for me to handle but I'm ready to overcome it the next one!

7. Relaxing, but not for too long:
Due to school & schoolwork, I don't have a lot of free time but when I do I've wasted most of it instead of utilizing it wisely - I need to relax of course but not for too long! 

8. Post more frequently:
Last, but not least, a blog-related goal! I love blogging & I really enjoy it! Helping even a single person organize their life a little makes me feel really happy! However, school really does eat up my time & this term, I'm not going to let it to! I can't make any promises but I will do my best to post at least once a week! If you have any requests, tell me so in a comment! I will do my best to do them!

Those are my 8 goals for the second term! I decided to share them with you, I think it'll keep me motivate me a little more to achieve them! I will most probably be doing update posts related to these goals but we'll see how things turn out! Thanks a TON for reading this post! :)

Do you have any goals that you've set for yourself? If you don't mind, feel free to share in a comment below! I would love to know! If you have a series name that I could use for GOAL-related topics, you can go ahead and suggest those too! Please go ahead and subscribe/follow so you know when I post next! Thanks!

-Kavya :)
"The most important thing about goals is having one." - Geoffery F. Abert

Friday, 27 September 2013

Quick update!

Hi! 

This a quick update saying that I will mostly not be posting for a while due to midterms coming up soon!
School is my #1 priority, so I hope you understand! However, I will post if I can find time to!
Meanwhile, if you have any requests, feel free to leave them in a comment below! I'll do my best to do them in the holidays after the exams! 

Thanks!  

-Kavya :)
"Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance." - Samuel Johnson  

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

School Staples: Electronics! :)

Hi! 
This is the last post in the "School Staples" series and what a better way to end it but with electronics?!
Here they are:

1. Computer/laptop:
I'm pretty sure we all have one of these, you might even be reading this post on one now! 
Make sure yours is equipped with Microsoft Office - great for projects, notes & so much more!

2. USB/CDs:
Transferring projects - that's where these come in handy! If you are allowed to work on projects at school, taking your USB will be helpful so you can work on a bit of the project at school & the rest at home!
However, if you have to turn in a PPT, for example, a blank CD is what you need - no one wants to hand over their USB, obviously! 
These also come in handy during presentations - I know I've taken both these items before for PPT presentations! 

3. Calculator:
Might be an essential for you, depending on what your teacher says! Personally, I've never been allowed to use calculators, but you may have to!

That's it! I know it was short but I've been really busy with tests - every Saturday, to be exact! Hope you understand! However, feel free to leave a comment below! Please go ahead and follow/subscribe to my blog too! It means a lot! Thanks! (be sure to read the quote below, it's one of my favourites!)

-Kavya :)
"Difficult doesn't mean impossible, it just means that you have to work harder."




Monday, 9 September 2013

School Staples: Miscellaneous! :)

Hi!
Everyone knows that we need school supplies for school but there are some other things that we require too! These can be very easy to overlook however, they are very important!



1. Water bottle - A good plastic/steel water bottle lasts much longer than any old reused bottle! I take half a liter of water to school, how much do you suggest taking?

2. An umbrella - You just never know when it's going to rain on you - a must have, especially if the way you commute to school is by walking!

3. Sanitizer - School has germs everywhere! We may not even realize that even by opening the door or picking up a pencil fallen on the ground, that so many germs are on our hands! To stay clean and germ-free, put a bottle of sanitizer in your school bag!

4. ID holder - Losing your school ID is never good - put it on a lanyard or in a special ID holder or even just a small plastic holder & store it in a small pocket of your bag to keep it safe!

5. Tissues - No explanation required, right? ;)

6. First Aid - Even though schools generally have first aid kits, it's always nice to carry some bandaids & Neosporin ointment of your own!

That's it! Do you have any miscellaneous school staples besides these? Feel free to leave a comment below!
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-Kavya :)


   

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

How to Organize: Your school binder divider/folder tabs! :)

In my previous post, How to Organize: Your Binder, I went over the basic organization and how using tabs in dividers is really helpful! This is a follow up to that and I will be giving you some ideas on how you (or a student you know) can organize those tabs - both in & out of the binder!

*All Images are my own! :)*

Most binder dividers come small paper tabs - to label & organize your binder!
The ones shown here are by Avery (Link - these are the most simliar ones I could find!)


2 ways to organize tabs inside your binder!

1. By Subject:
  • Great for youthose students who use an "all-in-one" binder/file! 
  • Tip! Place them in the same order of your classes according to your schedule!
2. By Type of paper:
  • Great for those students who have a single binder per subject!
  • Tip! Write on both sides of 1 tab & place it in the 2-in-1 binder folder divider!
How you can organize tabs outside the binder!
Super simple organizer that you can DIY for organizing blank/leftover tabs!
  • Take a small container!
  • Cut a small piece of cardboard which will divide the box!
  • Then, place your tabs in them! On one side - used & the other - unused!
  • This saves space because you don't need to keep the blank tab sheets & protects them too!
That's it! Hope it helped you! Please follow/subscribe so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)

-Kavya :)






Monday, 26 August 2013

How to Organize: Your Binder! :)

Welcome if you're visiting my blog from the Organize It! link party! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy reading my blog! Happy organizing! :)

Organizing yourself for school is important. Organizing what you use to organize yourself is important too! 
In this post, I'll tell you how you can organize your binder (or you can help someone who needs to organize theirs!)

*All opinions are my own! :)

What you need:

1. A binder - any size 

2. Sheet protectors
3. Binder dividers/folders (these by Avery are my fave!)


4. Pencil case
$3.49 | Amazon.com
5. Whatever you want to put in it!

Steps to organize your binder! 

#1 - Put in your binder dividers! 
  • These will prevent your binder from turning into one big mess!
  • I suggest getting one with pockets in them - 2-in-1!
  • Divide it by writing on the tabs! (this will be my next post!)
#2 - Place 2-3 sheet protectors in it!
  • Use 1 sheet protector in the front of the binder and keep your schedule in it!
  • Print out your syllabus and place it in a sheet protector to put inside your binder under the respective tabs!
  • Lastly, draw/printout a grade keeper (will do a post on this in the future, follow so you don't miss it!)
#3 - Put paper at the end of it!
  • You never know when you're going to run out so... it's best to have it at all times!
That's it! Hope it helped you somehow! Feel free to leave a comment below on you organize your binder!

These are some upcoming posts! Please go ahead and follow so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)
  • Note taking
  • Dividing tabs for your binder
  • School staples!
-Kavya :)
"Organization is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." - A.A. Milne


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

11th grade so far! :)

Hi!
Long time no post, right? I'm super sorry about that! I've worked out the kinks for comments but images are still not uploading and I don't want to publish posts without pictures!

Anyways, I decided I would tell you about school so far! Also, I hope this helps you understand why I don't post frequently!

I'm in 11th grade and so far almost 3 months are over!
My classes - Biology (Botany + Zoology), Chemistry, Math & Physics
I have school from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday - Saturday.
Every Saturday, we have an exam - either objective or subjective & on some Mondays we have exams too!

The objective exams:
180 questions. 180 minutes. 180 marks.
By the end of the day, we usually get our marks as well as our class rank! (I've been in the top 5, for 2 weeks now!)

The subjective exams:
3 subjects. 90 minutes. (each). 35 marks.
It may not seem like a lot, but we usually have to study over a 100 - 150 pages (all together) for these exams! (Don't forget, biology even has diagrams!)

It takes 1.5 hours to reach school in the morning and evening! 

So, I'm kind of enjoying 11th grade so far, even though it's tough and my schedule is pretty tight - however, I'm still trying to enjoy life whenever I can!  :)

Thanks a TON for reading this post! Please go ahead & subscribe or follow so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)

-Kavya :)
"One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is worth half-a-hundred half-finished tasks."


 

Monday, 12 August 2013

Quick Update!

Hi! Hope you're all doing well!

I just wanted to tell you that I won't be posting for a week or so - I have a lot of school work! Also, for some reason, pictures aren't uploading to my posts! I need to fix that as well! Thanks for understanding! :)

-Kavya :)

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

School Staples: Supplies! :)

School Supply shopping is one of my favourite things to do! Especially right before school! Just the feeling of walking into Staples or Office Depot gets me all excited! :) Sometimes, it can be a little overwhelming - so in this post, I'll tell you some essential supplies and in the coming posts, I'll tell you about some more essentials!
1. Pens - ballpoint or gel:
  • Blue/Black - choose one as the basic colour you will write with!
  • Coloured - write with them in your planner, notebooks and more! Prioritize & organize! 
2. Pencils - mechanical or regular 

3. Sharpener - if you use regular pencils, a must have! Try to get one that stores the pencil shavings!

4. Erasers - both cap erasers & regular ones!

5. Ruler - long & short 

6. White out - if you don't like striking things out, this is what you need!

7. Post it notes - flags, different sized post it pads in different colours, page markers & more!

8. Tabs - good to divide your notebook by month, test, chapter, etc!

9. Whiteboard & whiteboard markers - write down reminders, important dates, doodle, the options are endless!

10. Bulletin board & push pins - pin a calendar, memorabilia, important papers, etc!

11. Binder clips - Honestly, I don't know why these are called binder clips but get them in different sizes to sort a lot of papers! 

12. Paper clips - good for sorting small piles of paper!

13. A mini stapler + staple pins - A must have - especially when you need to turn in papers, you don't want to ask around because it may annoy some people. However, there will be people who will ask to borrow yours! (It's happened to me a LOT!)

14. Tape - rip a page? Well, I guess we need tape to fix that! 

15. Glue - Stick pictures in projects or pieces together in models! 

16. Scissors - Obviously, to cut papers or tape or index cards, etc!

17. Index cards - A must have for studying! 

18. Highlighters - a great study tool which helps you remember things better (because it's so bright) & makes your textbooks look so much better! (especially if your textbooks are all black & white like mine)

19. Binders - 1", 2" or 3" - depends on whether you want to use them for individual subjects or all in one! (also, you may require dividers & sheet protectors too!)

20. Notebooks - I suggest purchasing ones that have pockets/folders in them to save space! 1/3/5 subjects, depends on what you require!

21. Folders - Simple pocket, envelope or accordion style! 

22. A clipboard - Keeps your papers organized during tests or when you're doing projects!

23. A planner/calendar - Another must have to be organized during the school year! 

24. A pencil case - to store all of your supplies!

25. A school bag - to store everything you need for school!

That's everything! Thanks a TON for reading! I hope it helped you! Remember to e-mail me for a list of everything! :) Feel free to leave any requests - I'll try my best to do them! Also, please go ahead & subscribe so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)

I mentioned my must-haves, what are yours? Leave a comment below! (I'll reply!)

-Kavya :)
"No pain, no gain!" 




Sunday, 4 August 2013

Versus (VS): Introduction! :)

Hi! I'm going to be doing a series that I'm really excited about! 

Series scoop:

  • Name: Versus (VS)
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Sunday, 28 July 2013

How to Organize: Jewellery :)

Welcome if you're visiting my blog from the Organize It! link party OR "WE" Heart Organizing Challenge! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy reading my blog! Happy organizing! :)

Sparkly stones, glistening gold, shimmering silver and so much more! If you are a lady reading this post, you  might already know what all of these are found in - Jewellery! (or you probably read the title :P) Having all of your jewellery on a single tray doesn't really help prevent everything from getting tangled or turning it into a big mess! So, to know ways on organizing your jewellery (and how I organize mine), keep on reading! Please read till the end, I've saved the best for last!




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Price breakdown: 
$ = <$10 - $20
$$ = >$20 - $30
$$$ = >$30 

1. Jewel;ery trees/Stands:
  • Pros: Displays your jewellery, can be used for decoration & organization!
  • Cons: Usually a bit more on the expensive side, takes up desktop/dresser/vanity/etc. space
  • Price: $-$$ 
  • Ideal if: You want decoration, organization & have plenty of space to spare! 
  • Products: 
  (Starting from top left corner, clockwise)
3. Earring/Bracelet Stand | $8.90  
4. Black jewelery tree (for necklaces, earrings & bracelets) | $20
2. Hooks/knobs/pins on cork boards:
  • Pros: A great space saver, it also displays your jewellery, can be used for both decoration & organization, you can DIY! 
  • Cons: Hooks/knobs may not be strong enough to support all of your jewellery so you may have to purchase more of them, also you may run out of space too!
  • Ideal if: You want to DIY an organizer while adding your own personal touches to it & don't have a lot of space to spare! 
  • Price: $-$$, depending on the amount you spend on making it!
  • How to: Take a cork board (you can paint it or add wallpaper, etc), fix some hooks/knobs (or even pins for earrings) onto it - a zigzag order would seem the best and hang your pieces up! Framing the board to make it look extra glam is an option too!
  • Ideas: (I tried to find some pictures for inspiration!)
 (Starting from top left corner, clockwise)
1. PollyH | Pinterest
2. PamelaAlexis | Pinterest
3. AsteMarie | Pinterest 
4. Sptoday | Pinterest

 3. Ties holders: (yes, tie holders) - for NECKLACES
  • Pros: Can be hung in your closet, a space saver, can sort by different weights/lengths/colours/etc., inexpensive,
  • Cons: can be used only for necklaces (or ties & belts but they're not jewellery), sometimes necklaces can get tangled (depending on the one you have) but they usually don't! 
  • Ideal if: You have a lot of necklaces and are short on space!
  • Price: $
  • Products:
 (starting from top left corner, clockwise)
1. Tie/Belt organizer | $10.49
2. Twirl-A-Tie organizer (or necklace!) | $2 (better for lighter necklaces instead of chunky ones)
 
My Necklace Organizer! (images are my own)
I have the 1st organizer (in previous picture) but I got mine locally for $4
I twist the necklaces (like if I were to wear them as a bracelet) and store them!
 Here's how I organize it:
On the left side - silver necklaces
On the right side - Gold necklaces
On the belt hooks - Heavier necklaces
 4. Jewelery chests/boxes:
  • Pros: Protect more delicate items better, good if you have a small amount of jewellery 
  • Cons: Tend to occupy more space, much more expensive 
  • Ideal if: Your jewellery collection consists mainly of delicate items!
  • Price: $$$ 
  • Products:


(left to right)

1. Wooden chest | $75
2. Acrylic chest | $109.99


5. Hanging jewellery organizers: 
  • Pros: A major space saver, stores a lot, reasonable price, allows you to see all of your items at once
  • Cons: pockets may not have zippers, not the best for delicate items
  • Ideal if: You are very short on space & have a lot to store! 
  • Price: $
  • Products:


(left to right)

2. Canvas organizer | $13.72

My jewellery organizer (#1 in the previous pic)
Front:
Top (right side top image):
- bangles
- rings
- bracelets
Bottom (right side bottom image):
- chains
-hair accessories

Back:
Top (right side top image):
- watches
- hoop earrings
-earrings
Bottom (right side bottom image)
- more earrings (I was obsessed in 5th grade :P)
- 2 hair ties

You can definitely come up with more ideas too - for example you can use a storage utility box like this - 
 
(A utility box from Creative Options Crafts - I even mention this here!)
Make sure you line the box with felt so your jewelery doesn't get damaged! 
 
That's 5 - or should I say 6? ;) easy ways to organize your jewellery! Thanks a TON for reading! I had a lot of fun writing this post even though it took me a while! Which one's your favourite? Do you have any other ways on how you organize your jewellery? Leave a comment below! I love reading & replying to comments! Also, please go ahead & subscribe so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)

-Kavya :)
 "Confidence is your best accessory. Never leave home without it."