Minimalistic Binder Organization Tips

Minimalistic Binder Organization Tips

August 16, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


I’ve been trying to come up with a simpler
organization system for college and I’ve recently applied it to my binder. I was used to have complex binders before,
with pockets, customizable tabs and inserts; however, I found out that I was not using
all of that stuff and it was just occupying tons of space in my binder and making me carry
unnecessary weight. So instead of a larger binder I decided to
buy two smaller binders this year, so I could distribute the weight between them as my notes
added up during the semester. I suggest investing in a good set of binder
tabs, one for each subject, which you can then use in future binders without having
to constantly buy new ones each semester. I prefer the ones which are transparent and
have large colored tabs so I can easily flip back and forth between my notes. A transparent binder tab can be really useful
so you can keep a cover page for each one of your subjects. I usually keep my syllabus or an index in
that front page. Besides that, I use that front tab as a dashboard
to keep post it notes with questions, reminders and any other type of information regarding
that subject. It’s a really nice way to organize information
without cluttering your binder with loose pieces of paper, and you can remove the sticky
notes whenever you feel like you don’t need them any more. In each tab I keep different sets of printed
documents. I mainly keep three distinct documents per
subject – a document with my lecture notes, another one with my discussion notes and the
last document has exercises and solved cases. Although many people prefer to print their
notes in a batch in the end of the semester, I feel like I don’t keep up as well as I
should if I use that method, so I prefer to update my binder at the end of each week by
printing that week’s notes and then proceed to file them. That means that I need to know exactly where
each one of the documents starts and ends, and that’s why I use smaller plastic tabs
to separate them, within each larger tab that separates each one of my subjects. Here you have an example from my Commercial
Law class. My lecture or theoretical notes start at the
beginning of the main tab, so there’s no reason to flag that. However, as soon as I reach the end of that
document, I have my exercises and solved cases, which I need to separate and identify when
I am studying. So I just stick a small plastic tab in the
corner of the page to mark that document. I will proceed to do the same with all the
documents inside that subject divider. When I flip the transparent divider over the
first page, you can see the smaller tabs, and that’s why one of the reasons why I
prefer transparent dividers over colored ones. It’s a really simple system that makes studying
and accessing my notes much easier. Simplifying things on the long run is much
better than trying to come up with more complicated systems that will distract you from the main
activity in which you should concentrate, which is studying in itself, instead of organizing
for the sake of organizing. If you want to see more minimalistic organization
tips don’t forget to tell me in the comments below and I’ll see you next week. Bye!