Although, I'm sure it's not much comfort to you...I'm sure glad to know I'm NOT alone!!
My school work is TOTALLY organized. I buy a binder for each class and use notebook paper for my notes. I have a hole-punch so that I can insert my syllabus and any other hand-outs in the binder and everything is nice and neat in one place...BUUUTTTT...my desk/study area, is a LOST cause!!! I have to go through and clean it about every other week (or else I go nuts). I don't have a filing cabinet right now, but do plan on purchasing one when my PELL comes in, in the fall. I plan on having one drawer for personal use (bills, warranties, car titles, insurance policies, etc.) and another drawer for school associated things (financial aid apps, transcripts, grades, etc.). I do have a built-in book shelf where I keep my old textbooks (that I didn't sell back) along with my old binders. However, because it also has other books, it is getting quiet full and I'm running out of space. I am considering buying an inexpensive bookshelf just for my things, so that I can place the new books I'll be getting there also (when not in use). Some pointers I might suggest for your study area...
1) If you have a desk with a computer (and I'm assuming you do)...spend the money to have it set up like you would at an office. Such as a drawer organizer, pen/pencil/scissor, etc. holder and such. You can purchase these at Wal-Mart and spend as little or as much as you want.
2) If you have shelves on your desk, plan out what works best where. For instance, if you have a bunch of CDs, but very rarely use them (and don't have a specific place on your desk for them), you can set them further away from where you sit. Place your extra printer paper close to the printer, so you're not having to search for it or go out of your way to get to it.
3) There are all kinds of "organizers" that can be found at an office supply store. THINK about what will work for you, look at your desk and your uses, then if at all possible spend the money to purchase them. You can get sorters for file folders, letter holders, etc. I love going to the local Office Depot and checking out their new inventory periodically to see if there is something I NEED!!!
I hope some of this helps. You just kind of have to see what works for you!!
Happy Organizing!! I need to organize mine now that you got me to thinking about it more...LOL
[ June 07, 2001: Message edited by: AppyHorseFan ]