In this video I show you step-by-step how to clean out your locker for end of school or the end of each quarter or semester so you can get organized!

In the video I also talk about my locker clean-out checklist which you can download here for free:

Hope you enjoy the video!

Video Details

Hi, everyone. I’m Alejandra from Alejandra.TV. And in this video, I’m going to show you how to organize your locker if it’s a big mess and you have to clean it out for end of school or it has just gone to the point where things are falling out of your locker right when you open the door or you just can’t find things and your grades are suffering because you just can’t find anything and your locker is a big mess. So let me show you exactly how to clean out your locker so you can do the same stuff and get yourself organized.

So this is the locker I have right here. And inside, you can see it is just a big mess like you can’t find anything, things are just shoved inside and grabbing something from the bottom is just really difficult to do. So the first thing you want to do is grab a sheet of paper because you are going to write down the things that you need to do as you are cleaning out the space.

Locker Clean Out Checklist

I’ve created a Locker Clean Out Checklist for you. There’s a link below where you can download it and you can print it and you can use this as you’re cleaning out your locker. So I have mine right here, and I have a marker. As I come across things that required me to take action, I’m just going to write them down.

In addition to the list, I also have three bags that I just got from home, just grocery store bags. What I’m going to do is sort things into each bag as we come across trash, recycling and things to take home or things that belong to other people. So I’m just going to hang them right here. And then I’m going to take three sticky notes. And so, I’ve just grabbed three different colors of sticky notes just so we can create like quick labels just like this.

How to Clean Out Your Locker

How to Clean Out Your Locker

And actually, you don’t have to label them. Like if you just remember this is trash, this is recycling, this is to bring home, that’s perfectly fine also. But just to make this – just so you can better see, I’m just creating one for home. I’m just going to put that right there. Then I’m going to create one for trash. I’m just writing with the Sharpie. And then one for recycling just like that.

And then we are going to just staple it to each bag just so we can know what is what. And the best time – like if your school doesn’t give you a designated locker clean out day, like we used to have locker clean out day and it goes like once a quarter in our high school and middle school. If you don’t have that, you can maybe get to school a little bit earlier and do this or stay after school for like 30 minutes. It really shouldn’t take you that long to do this, or if you have like interact or recess or maybe during your lunch you could do this. But really, just find a time when you have some down time and you can just sort everything out.

Cleaning Out Your Locker

I’ve got my three bags right here. And what we’re going to do here is we’re going to start at the bottom and we’re just going to sort everything out into trash, recycling, and stuff to bring home.

So we have all of our bags labelled right here nice and organized. And now, we’re just going to go through and pick one thing out like one by one and just sort it out into what’s trash, recycling, and what’s to bring home. So, we’re just going to start here. So gym shoes – we’re going to pretend like this is the end of the year and we are going to bring those home. We no longer need those.

A worksheet from last quarter, a test from last quarter, trash, so what I’m doing here is I’m just going to take out all the paper. I’m going to lay everything flat. And if you don’t have time to kind of go through the papers right now because you don’t have a lot of time, just stack them nicely. And what you can do is just bring them home and when you get home, go through them one by one and figure out what you actually need to keep, put in your filing cabinet or what can be discarded because you’re not taking that subject anymore or next year, it won’t be applicable or you just don’t need it. And then everything else – everything that’s obvious trash, we’re going to put in the trash.

So my lunchbox can go at home. OK. So like a sweatshirt you borrowed from a friend; that needs to go back to a friend. So we’re going to go here and on our locker clean out checklist, we’re going to say, “Give sweatshirt back to friend.” Just like that. And so, that’s your first action item. So when you’re done cleaning out your locker, you’re going to have a nice list of things that you need to do.

More papers, so just think like how good you’re going to feel like once everything is organized and the mess is gone and it’s just going to be like a fresh new start if it’s like the middle of the school year or if it’s the end of the school year then it’s going to feel good to already have gotten this done.

Benefits of an Organized Locker

So like here’s that agenda book that you couldn’t find in the middle of the school year and because you couldn’t find your agenda book, you aren’t writing down your homework or your assignments, project due dates or test dates and stuff. So it just goes to show, if you get organized, you can find the things that you have been missing. So what I’m going to do is I want to bring this home so we can kind of go through that. All right.

So here’s a book from the library. So this needs to be returned. So on my list, I’m going to write, “Return library book.” OK. I got some more notes. Here is trash. This is like a note from a friend. I’m going to recycle that. OK. Here are gym clothes. This needs to go home so we can wash this. These are pretty gross. This is just like random stuff. We can bring this home with us. And when you get home, you need to go through this bag and take action and decide what’s to do with these things.

OK. Here’s a book. Now, because your locker was so messy, you spilled on your book. So good things you had it covered so it doesn’t get damaged. Old gum, that can be trashed, candy wrapper, a gross tissue. OK. Here’s school photos that you paid money for and now they’re at the bottom of your locker. That can go home. This fell down from your locker so we’ll just – for now, we’ll just put it back up. OK. And then a pen. So we’ll bring that home too.

So now, the bottom or your locker is clear now. Like that didn’t take up that much time, like a few minutes. And we can finally see the bottom. So if you have a wet wipe, I would suggest just wiping it down or doing whatever you need to, to clean the bottom and have a fresh new start.

So now, we are going to see what’s at the top of the locker, clean that out into our categories and just continue making progress.

Here is a disgusting banana that we found on top of the locker.

Now that we’ve cleared out all the mess, all the papers, all the trash, recycling out of your locker into these three bags, now it’s just a matter of taking the trash to the trashcan, take the recycling to recycling, and then when you go home after school, just make sure you bring this bag with you. I’m just going to tie this so nothing falls out. And I’m going to hang this in the locker or I’m going to put this in the bottom of the locker so when we go home, we can bring those.

And then our action list, what we’re going to do is put all the papers that we need to go through. I’m actually going to put them inside of this folder right here. I just have a folder underneath my checklist. So then we can just bring the folder home.

And then maybe not after school today but maybe this weekend or Sunday, we can go through the sack of papers and figure out what we need to keep and what we can get rid of. And that really depends on what stuff you need to keep and what stuff like you need for next year and what stuff is safe to get rid of.

So then on my checklist, I’m going to add, “Go through these stacks or go through the stack of paper.” All right. Cool. So now, I’m just going to take this home and I will deal with that when I get home. But as you can see, that didn’t take up a lot of time to organize your locker. It’s just a matter of going through all the stuff, pulling out and deciding what to do. And now, you have a fresh new start. If it’s the middle of the year or if it’s the end of the year, you can see that this didn’t take up a lot of time to kind of wrap things up now that the summer is about to begin and you are leaving your locker.

So what’s the weirdest thing you found in your locker? Or what do you think you’re going to find that you have been looking for once you’ve cleaned out your locker? Leave a comment below and let us know what it is. And if this is your first time watching any of my videos, you can subscribe for more tips on getting more tips on getting organized or check out my website, Alejandra.TV. And if you want to download the locker clean out checklist, the link is below.

Thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon. Bye!

About Alejandra

About Alejandra

Since 2008, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 100+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and “The Decluttering Queen” by Good Morning America, Alejandra’s expertise has been featured in The New York Times,, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. 


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