• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    East Bethel, MN
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    M.S. Health Information Management

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
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Cheap Tips for Organizing

Still trying to figure out how to set up your dorm or apartment and reduce the clutter?  Finances a little tight?  No problem!  When I was a freshman here at Scholastica, I had to learn a lot of different ways to clean and organize my apartment without all of the nice furniture and shelving that others had.  As a first generation college student, I had no money in my pocket (and neither did my family!) and I ended up working two jobs to make ends meet during the year.  Of course, as a result, I had little money for anything else aside from food and gas to get me through the year.  So how did I get my space organized without having to go out and buy tons of stuff to do it? 

Well first, I learned to be frugal.  I discovered how to use one single object or item for multiple uses.  For example, at the beginning of the year I purchased a cheap bedside table from Target (for around $20.00).  Well, not only did that table hold my alarm clock and fan for when I was sleeping, but it also served as a table for dinner some nights, a stand to study on, and a place to rest my laptop when I was working!  I learned to make use of the items I had to save money.

Second, I learned what items I could buy to organize with that were cheap, served multiple purposes, and did not take up loads of space.  Some of the best items that you can utilize in your efforts are, as I learned:

  • Plastic Sterilite Dressers/Totes: These can hold anything you imagine and can be stored easily in closets, under beds, or in the corner of a room.  I used a bigger dresser-sized one for holding socks, jeans, and dress pants during the year.  I then bought two smaller ones for organizing school supplies (pencils, post-its, computer cords, etc) and for holding make-up and hair accessories.  These organizers are super cheap in comparison to actual wooden dressers or jewelry boxes (only $5-$15) and are equally as reusable.
  • Hanging Shoe Racks: These fit right in your closet and conserve space in so many ways.  They can hold accessories like belts, clutches, and ties in addition to the obvious pairs of shoes.  Also, these can be used for holding t-shirts and tank tops that don’t fit in the regular closet hanging space.
  • Baskets/bins: Go to the Dollar Store and pick out some cute open baskets or small containers to store items in.  In my pantry, I use these to store spices, soup, and other foods that keep better if they are stored tightly.  They also help you keep track of your groceries and other purchases.
  • Bread Bag Ties/Fasteners: These are an awesome tool for organizing.  You can use them to bond loose cords behind televisions or for your computer.  They also are great to reuse for sealing open food packages (and helps to prevent you from having to go out and purchase food clips!).

I encourage you to get crafty, try to practice some  “DIY” techniques, and to not give up.  Just because the budget is tight doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful space.

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