Last year we tagged along with Victoria while she decorated her very first school locker. Her theme was zebra stripe accented with hot pink accessories. Being a year older and moving up to the 6th grade, we thought it would be fun to see what she chose this year. As you can see, Victoria went with the black, white, and hot pink color scheme again but her pattern choice reflects a more classic style. When we asked her why she stayed with these colors, her reply was simple, “I like black and white as a base, then I can add any other color for my accessories.” A great design tip from this adorable 11 year old.
Now that your locker is decorated and school is back in session, those school papers, notes from friends, art projects, and library books will pile up before you know it. Here are some ideas for keeping your locker looking as organized as it did on the first day of school.
Weekly: Make a quick sweep of your locker at the end of each week. Take home dirty gym clothes and the jackets your mom keeps asking about. Return books to the library and borrowed items to friends. Stash some plastic grocery bags in your locker for taking that extra stuff home. Gather all loose papers and sort through them over the weekend. A good plan to tame the paper tiger is to not touch an item twice…when you get a handout, immediately put it in a color coded folder designated for that class. Choose a different color for each subject.
Bi-Monthly: Deep clean your locker. Start by pulling everything out. Keep some anti-bacterial towelettes in your locker to wipe down the shelves, doors, and handles. Trash the broken pencils, unneeded papers, and food wrappers. Take home the 3 extra pairs of shoes thrown in the bottom of the locker, extra sports equipment, and anything valuable that you don’t want to lose. Re-evaluate what you really need and pare down. Less locker clutter makes for less stress when running from one class to the next.
Give yourself a daily mental boost with positive quotes posted inside your locker. Here are some of our favorites:
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus
“When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Suess
“Anything is possible. Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein
This year Victoria is looking forward to meeting new friends and getting to change classes. Her favorite subject is Language Arts & Social Studies and her least favorite is having to dress out for PE. (Trust me, Victoria, we’ve all been there. My PE uniform was a one-piece, snap up the front, baby blue romper thing!)
Here’s hoping everyone has a safe, successful, and fun school year!
Check out Victoria’s locker tips from last year.