You did it! Finals are finally over and now it’s time to celebrate…and start thinking about next semester. Although fall semester is done and spring semester is a month away, there’s a lot of little ways you can start preparing for the new school year. It’s better to start sooner rather than later so you can get everything done and get ahead! Here are some simple ways to to prepare for the spring semester and get clean up!
Send Your Textbooks Back
Start packing up your books because hopefully, you won’t need them anymore! If you rented any books I suggest sending them back as soon as possible to avoid any late fees. Or, if you bought them from the bookstore or somewhere, try your hands at re-selling them to friends in those classes or stores in your town. Just make sure to compare prices so you can get the best deal!
Clean Out Your Backpack
You won’t believe how many gross things I find in my backpack after finals are done. Candy wrappers, broken pencils, crumbled up papers, melted jolly ranchers. It’s bad. Take this time to just dump everything out and discard anything you don’t think you’ll need next semester. If possible, I also would try to throw your backpack in the washing machine if possible. I have a white backpack so it gets pretty dirty very easily. I found out it was machine washable and it after it was rinsed it came out looking brand new!
Empty Your Folders
I tend to accidentally leave old homework and handouts in all my folders. Make sure you clean out all those folders and recycle anything you won’t be using next semester. If possible, I suggest trying to salvage any folders or binders you may be able to use the next semester to save on buying new school supplies!
Organize The Useful Documents
There’s been a few classes over the years that have provided me with some really useful handouts, especially my literary magazine class and my journalism classes. If you have any handouts you think might be beneficial for you to keep, throw them in a folder and store them away for later! There are some classes I wish I would’ve kept some of the papers in but didn’t. I regretted it later because they could’ve helped me in other classes.
Clean Out Desktop Folders
Quite a few of my homework assignments that were on my computer this year had to do with filling out worksheets and writing essays. Writing new prompts every week on word documents can really add up and take up a lot of unneeded space on my hard drive. When the semester is over, go through all the documents you don’t need and press DELETE. If you’re never going to use/look at them again why keep them?
Delete Your Many Emails
I’m the worst at cleaning out my school email. I’ve just abandoned the task almost fully because there’s just so many of them that it would take me hours to organize. But honestly, it needs to be done. Any emails cluttering up your inbox, get rid of them! It’d be even better if you cleaned out your inbox throughout the semester so you don’t have to do it all at once.
Recycle Any Old Notebooks
Sometimes I end up not using some of my notebooks for my classes just because that class didn’t work with handwritten notes. If there are any notebooks you can save, tuck them away so you can use them for future classes. This can save you lots of money on school supplies if you don’t buy new notebooks each semester and just recycle old ones!
Get Rid Of Any Broken School Supplies
I’m known to hold onto broken or really damaged school supplies. I’ve had the same pencil case since my freshman year of high school and I’m now a sophomore. I probably need to get a new one, especially if the zipper barely works. Any school supplies that are damaged or just completely unusable or too old, toss them. What’s the use of keeping things that hardly work?
How do you reset after fall semester? Leave a comment below!