The bell has rung! School’s out, summer’s in! Along with the graceful exit of each academic year comes the question: “What am I supposed to do now?” Because, let’s face it, after being busy all year at school, the months of doing nothing seem to stretch on and on. For you to make the most out of this season, we have cool tips on how you can make the most of your free days, remain productive, get organized and become creative!
1. Plot the Plan
Think less of it as a to-do list and more of a wish list! Pen down the activities and experiences as well as tasks and errands that you want to do for the summer. You may simply jot them down on a Post-it® Ruled Notes such as: learn photography, clean up your computer hard drive, marathon the latest season of your favourite series, have a sleepover, and tidy up your room. A list will serve as your guide throughout the whole summer so that you can be sure that you don’t miss out on any adventure.
2. Out with the Old!
As each academic year concludes, there comes a room full of assorted school supplies, books and notes. Ignoring the nagging mess in your room will just create roll a ball of junk as time goes by. Survey your books and school supplies; take the time to fix or de-clutter them.
Gather those files up and label them per subject and then per semester. You may use Post-it® Flags for this. Their various colours will help you color-code and get better organized. After you have sorted and stored your things, you now have an option to preserve them for future reference, hand them down to help out younger siblings or your juniors at school or even donate them to a public school or charity. Doing this has a double-edged effect: you have saved your room space while helping other people in need.
Inspect every corner of your room and categorize the things that you want to keep and the ones that you have to throw away. For those belongings that you wish to keep, place them inside stylish and patterned boxes. Using Scotch® Packaging Tape, you may easily secure the storage boxes and stack them neatly in one corner of your room.
3. In with the new!
Now that you are officially mess-free, you may move forward to the more fun part: Decorating! Imagine the room as your canvass; let loose of your artsy side and express how happy you are for summer. And what better way to do this than to fill-up your wall with summer memories?
These memories are things you will one day look back on fondly. Treasure these recollections by turning them into a collage on your wall. For this, you can use Scotch® Reusable Mounting Strips to mount colorful cartolinas to your wall (without having to worry about damaging the surface) and then tack your summer snapshots there using Scotch® Double-Sided Tape. It is coated with photo-safe, permanent adhesive on both sides.
You can also keep a scrapbook for this purpose. You don’t need to confine yourself to an album-type either. Get loose and creative! Summer memories can be kept using an envelope collage – various envelopes of different sizes and colors can store items and keepsakes to easily pull out and recollect. You can also use a long length of cartolina, fold it a la accordion type and secure the mementoes you want to keep on either side then fold it back into a box for safe-keeping. To fasten your important items, you can use Scotch® Magic Tape which cuts easily and seals cleanly. It also has a transparent finish and resists yellowing or cracking with age so you can keep these memories safe for longer.
There are so many cool room ideas that you can do with the help of Scotch® products and you may share the thrill of these activities with your friends as well! Make this summer count and may it be the best that you’ll ever have!
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