Back to School at Home: How to Organize and Study Like a Pro

With online classes becoming more and more common, it's ever more important to create a great studying environment. Here are some of our tips.

Whether you’re a parent with a child still enrolled in at-home learning or a college student who has opted into online classes, it’s as important as ever to create a clean and organized studying environment. Working in a cluttered space can reduce efficiency and make people feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. As school starts for many, it’s essential to organize, declutter, and create the ideal studying environment that will help set yourself up for success.

Fortunately, we’ve got some tips for you to organize and study like a pro—and how Five Star Storage can help when you feel like you just don’t have the space to do it right with the power of self storage.

Decide on a Designated Study Space

While it’s tempting to choose your coffee table in front of the TV or the dinner table as your study space and call it a day, these spaces might not be ideal for productivity. Try to choose a space that is quiet with minimal distractions. If you have a guest bedroom, home office, or basement, you can easily use these spaces for your study space. Otherwise, you can just choose an area in your home that is quiet and free of distractions.

Alternatively, if you are someone who doesn’t get easily get distracted by other people or someone who likes to talk and collaborate with others when studying, you can create your study space in a more public area of your home.

Get Organized

For maximum production, be sure that your space is always organized. You can purchase a desk organizer, folders, and bins to help keep your supplies and assignments organized and in order. Adding a bookshelf to your space can help you keep all of your textbooks organized as well. Every time you finish studying, make it a point to tidy up and organize to ensure your space stays organized and is ready for the next study session.

Light It Up

Believe it or not, lighting plays a huge part in studying and productivity. The lights that computer screens emit can strain your eyes and have you feeling tired quickly. If you can, bring as much natural light into your study space as you can; the more the better. If natural light isn’t possible, add a desk light or floor lamp to help brighten your study space up.

Make It Comfortable

When taking classes online, it’s likely that you are sitting in one place for hours at a time. That’s why it’s best to make sure your study space is comfortable. Start by choosing a comfy chair you can sit in; if you have a comfortable study chair, you’ll be less tempted to climb back in bed or hop back on the couch. Your study space should also be at a comfortable temperature to help keep focus.

You can also add an essential oil diffuser to your space and use oils that help promote productivity and focus. Some of our favorite essential oils for studying are rosemary, eucalyptus, sage, and peppermint!

Utilize Music and Background Noise

If you live in a loud area, have distracting family members, or just don’t like studying in silence, utilize music and background noise. If you decide to listen to music, make sure you’re not being too distracted and consumed by the lyrics (good music usually has that effect). If you’re the type to get easily distracted by music, try using white noise to help mute outside noises.

Make It Yours

Your DIY study space doesn’t have to be boring and standard. Decorate it and add accessories to make your personality shine. Add inspiration and motivational quotes on the walls that you can look at every day as a constant reminder. You’ll be in this space for multiple hours at a time, so it’s important it’s a positive place you enjoy being in.

Organize Your Study Space with Self Storage

Of course, all of these tips assume that you’ve got enough space to make it work. But life has a funny way of cluttering your living space when you need it the most.

Thankfully, creating the perfect study space this school year is as easy as ever with Five Star Storage. Make the space you need by storing extra furniture, seasonal wardrobe, seasonal decorations, or anything else that may be in your way in a self storage unit. With common storage unit sizes ranging from 5×5 to 10×30 (and potentially even larger), you’ll have all the room you need to clear and declutter your new study space.

There’s no need to try to sift through the clutter while you’re trying to find your science textbook or homework. Find a Five Star Storage facility near you and start the school year off right with your ideal study space today!

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