After years of rampant disorganization and an inability to keep track of important papers, pencils or anything else, I have come to find that there are several keys to effortless organization in school. One of these tricks is finding the perfect backpack.
Getting and staying organized with or without ADHD is hard enough. So why not find something that can help do it for you? The easiest way to do this is with a good, simple backpack. I try to avoid unnecessary frills as it makes it more confusing for me. But once I realized I could leverage the simple way my backpack was constructed, I became a lot more organized by nature. For example, I used to try keeping a pencil pouch but usually ended up just stuffing pencils in the front compartment of my backpack. So I leaned into that. I made the first pocket of my backpack my pencil pouch since I do that naturally. I keep snacks, gum, deodorant and all other slightly bigger things in the medium compartment. It’s not perfect but I know where it is and I know I’ll put it back there.
A backpack with a designated computer pouch is an absolute must for built-in organization. So the toughest part of this is what to do with loose paper. I have struggled for a long time with this but I will share the best solution I have found with you. Get a simple folder and when you get papers, put them right into the folder – don’t worry about organizing them then. When you get home and have a few minutes, then you can take the time to put them in a binder or file cabinet that you will be able to find again later. If the folder is too much for you to deal with – and believe me, I’ve been there – then slip the papers into the computer pouch so at least they are all in one place and not being crunched up at the bottom.
How do you keep your backpack organized? Let me know in the comments!