Organizing for College Students – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

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Organizing for College Students – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival


The days of summer are hurrying by, bringing us closer to the start of classes for students of all ages. This month’s Carnival is dedicated to everyone who will be sending their kids off to college or university this fall, as well as the students themselves, whether it will be their first semester or their last.

Let me begin by introducing our newest participant, Sheila DeHart, with her post Moving your College Freshman into a Dorm? Here’s a list of things NOT to bring. Welcome, Sheila!

Linda Vanderkolk has earned the status of Professional Organizers Blog Carnival Star Blogger with 6 Tips for an Organized Start To College, her 10th contribution to the Blog Carnival. Congratulations, Linda!

As you visit everyone’s blogs, be sure to engage by leaving comments and/or connecting with the bloggers on social media.

First Steps

Seana Turner – Making the Most of Your College Visit

Helena Alkhas – Preparing Your College Application

Freshman Year

Ellen Delap – Organizing Tips for College Freshman

Leslie Josel – Organizing is Academic –Surviving First Semester Freshman Year of College

Organizing the Dorm Room / Residence

Margarita Ibbott – Moving Out – Getting Ready for University 

Sabrina Quairoli – Organizing College Dorm Room – Part 2

Stacey Agin Murray – Get Organized for Dorm Life

Rashelle Isip – Organizing Tip: 8 Dorm Room Packing Tips

Hazel Thornton – My Best College Dorm Room Tips are…um, Geralin Thomas’s

Natalie Gallagher – College Prep: Set Yourself Up for Success as a Dorm Dweller

Special Topics

Linda Samuels – Failing Your Way to Success

Julie Bestry – Paper Doll’s Campus Tour: Organize Your College Life

Thank you to for sponsoring this Carnival. Read their post: Should Students Use Home or College Address for Auto Insurance?.

Next month, the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival will be about Staying Organized, and sponsored by LifeinCase, LLC. To take advantage of this opportunity to get free exposure for your organizing business, please submit your post before 10:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. And be sure to come back on September 11th for the next Professional Organizers Blog Carnival!

Topics for 2024

Forming New Habits
Submission dates: December 21 to January 17
Sponsor: Geralin Thomas, Career Coach to Professional Organizers

Creative Storage Solutions
Submission dates: January 18 to February 14
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Money Management
Submission dates: February 15 to March 20
Sponsor: Mindflows for ADHD

Education and Organizing
Submission dates: March 21 to April 17
Sponsorship available

Filing Systems
Submission dates: April 18 to May 15
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Submission dates: May 16 to June 19
Sponsor: Peggy Wonder, Space For You

Writing and Organizing
Submission dates: June 20 to July 17
Sponsorship available

Meal Planning
Submission dates: July 18 to August 14
Sponsorship available

Organizing Meetings
Submission dates: August 15 to September 18
Sponsorship available

Organizing for Seasonal Changes
Submission dates: September 19 to October 16
Sponsorship available

Best Organizing & Productivity Books
Submission dates: October 17 to November 20
Sponsorship available

Best of 2024
Submission dates: November 21 to December 25
Sponsorship available

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  1. Avatar Geralin Thomas on August 14, 2014 at 11:11 am

    What a wonderful selection of posts Janet; thank you and Hazel for including my post.

    I’ve shared this on Pinterest and Facebook and hope that parents and students realize what a gem of a post this is.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on August 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you for sharing it, Geralin! It’s so exciting to see the collective wisdom of my readers every month. 🙂

  2. Linda Samuels Linda Samuels on August 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Wonderful collection and so timely too as college students venture off for their new experiences. Great assortment of tips and advice for students and parents. Thank you Janet for this fabulous opportunity to share.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on August 15, 2014 at 6:20 am

      Always happy when you can join us, Linda!

  3. Avatar Taya on August 15, 2014 at 4:46 am

    This is an excellent list to get college students started. I used to be a Senior Financial Aid Advisor and was just amazed at how the students were unprepared for what lied ahead for them. Some of those special topics are great for high schoolers as well. Thanks…sharing this list.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on August 15, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Thanks, Taya! Was there any particular issue you noticed that kept cropping up for the students?

      • Avatar Taya on August 15, 2014 at 6:06 pm

        Not understanding the expenses of being on their own! They also did not have time management skills. They all wanted to be full time and have a job. Well, you need to calculate time to and from work, how often the study labs and professor office hours are, how well you interact with your roommate….

        • Avatar Janet Barclay on August 16, 2014 at 6:55 am

          Thanks for sharing – I’m sure that information will be helpful to anyone reading this post!

  4. Avatar Tanya on August 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Great list! I’m sure they are all very helpful this time of year 🙂 I know a lot of families with their first child moving to college.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on August 16, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Glad you liked the Blog Carnival, Tanya – I hope you’ll pass the link on to those families!

  5. Avatar Bryan on December 8, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Excellent selection of posts, Janet! These are great starters for students to be organized. Thanks for sharing these.

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