Binder Organization

I’m going to explain how I organize my binders for maximum use. If you are struggling on keeping your papers in order, keep reading!

“Applications for Nursing Programs” Binder

I don’t know what else to call this binder, other than my “Holy Grail” when I was applying to nursing programs. I felt so organized and had everything in one place.

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Here is a basic view of what my binder looks like (2 1/2″ Binder).

  • Pocket folders were dedicated individually to the nursing programs I applied to.
    • In the folders, I included information like:
      • transcripts needed for that program (one from each college I attended and my high school if needed)
      • the application
      • checklists that needed to be included with the application (provided usually online from the program website)
      • a checklist that I wrote of what I needed to do next
      • Post-its of important things I had to do or questions I needed to ask
      • Letters of recommendation/hours worked (paid and volunteer) (one from each place I worked)
      • Basically anything and everything that needed to be included with the application before handing it in
      • Any extra information I wanted to know for that specific nursing program (i.e. cost of the program, classes, etc)
  • Clear pockets were dedicated to:
    • Transcripts (opened and unopened) (EXTRA)
    • Class Descriptions (some programs required this in order to see if the class is equivalent to their prerequisites that they offer) (EXTRA)
    • Letters of Recommendations/Hours worked (EXTRA)
  • In the back of my folders:
    • I included any handouts/folders that were given to me from Nursing Workshops I attended or other BSN programs that interested me.
  • In the binders pockets (front):
    • Receipts for transcripts ordered
    • Various checklists of transcript orders
    • *I also had a document on my computer that I sometimes printed out that I used to keep myself up to date with the transcripts I ordered from the college or my high school/received from the colleges or my high school/sent electronically to the nursing programs/delivered in person to the nursing programs. This document also had questions I had and I answered them as I found out the corresponding information.
  • On the front of my folder:
    • I included an Excel spreadsheet of deadlines for each school. I used Disney character names to represent an example of each college’s information. It was a very easy a quick view for me to see what is up next. Here is an example:

ApplicationDeadlines

“Nursing Program” Binder

This binder is the one I am using to keep myself in order for the Nursing Program I got accepted into. It is a 1″ binder. Here is how it is organized:

  • Clear Pockets (Primary):
    • Included the Admission Packet that I took apart and put each page in a clear pocket. I then separated the pockets (with small post-its) and put them in sections that made sense to me. For example: Deadlines/Important Dates/General Information, payments on things I needed to have done like Background Check/Drug Test/CPR card (which I had)/TB tests/etc.
  • Clear Pockets (Secondary):
    • I have clear pockets behind the separated admission packet that included all the papers (individually) that I needed to turn into the Nursing Department in order to start the program. I kept extras for myself and extras that I will need to keep in my clinical folder.
  • Loose leaf paper:
    • Located in front of all the clear pockets, used to write down quick notes or checklists
  • 1 pocket folder:
    • Located behind all the clear pockets that includes any extra papers that aren’t necessarily important but good to have.
  • In the binders pocket (front):
    • Checklists of things I have already done and turned in
    • A list of what I have already purchased and the prices
    • Any paperwork I still need to take care of
    • Post-it notes of course, for questions I have/want to ask
  • On the front:
    • Just a paper that I have describing what the binder is for, for example: “Mickey Mouse Nursing Program – Handouts and Information”, and a cheesy faded motivational quote used as the background hahaha!

Any School Binder

I don’t use a big binder for school. I like to do my notes on my Notability app when possible. Other wise, I’ll take notes either in a notebook, or on loose leaf paper (that I will transfer into the notebook later on). This binder is 1/2″. Here is how it is organized:

  • Dividers:
    • Used to separate each classes syllabus and any important handouts given to me
      • I like the dividers with the pockets, so that you can put the handouts in the pockets or whatever is due the next class in those pockets.
  • Loose leaf paper:
    • For taking notes if I don’t have my notebook
    • To-Do checklists (which I will transfer into my school planner)
  • In the binders pocket (front):
    • Any old tests with its corresponding Scantron
  • Clear Pockets:
    • Used for quick access on things I want to keep protected and not lose. For example: in my medication calculations class, we were given a conversions chart for different conversions that we needed to remember.
  • *I also use one or two pocket folders for graded assignments/loose leaf notes/study guides/outlines I wrote/etc. These folders usually get huge over the semester, and I like to keep it separate from my binder because it is just clutter.

So now that you know my organization secrets, you can get started on creating the organized life you always wanted! You can do it!

Have a fantastic day! Ciao!

 

 

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