How to clean, organize, and decorate your locker

Everyday I walk by open lockers in the hallways and am astonished by how cluttered, dull, and unclean they are. That used to be my locker, but I have learned that a clean locker is so much easier to look through to find papers, binders, books, etc. Here are my tips on how to clean, organize and decorate your locker.

To clean, organize and decorate your locker, you will need: A metal shelf to fit in your locker, anti bacterial wipes (optional), posters (optional), magnetic picture frames (optional), time, and a clear hallway.


Step 1: Open your locker after school when there is no one in the hallway and dump all your belongings onto the floor.

Step 2: Do not question step 1.

Step 3: Collect all the loose papers and sort them into 3 piles: Keep, throw away, not sure. Once separated, recycle the throw away pile.

Step 4: Take the not sure pile and go through it until you’ve made two more piles: Keep and throw away.

Step 5: Recycle your new throw away pile and add the keep pile to your first keep pile.

Step 6: Sweep out crumbs and other unwanted residue from your locker into your hand and throw away the sweepings.

Conclusion of cleaning: You now should have a clean and empty locker as well as stuff you want to keep on the floor.


(Before beginning this section, separate your “keep” pile into each appropriate binder.)

Step 1: Take all of your text book and place the inside the locker so the spines are facing outward. If you have a daily schedule that stays the same, place the books in the order of your classes if it helps to organize.

Step 2: Take one of your binders and place it next to the textbooks, spine facing outward. Continue this pattern, but each time switch the direction of the spine. For example, you have a science binder and a math binder. The science binder’s spine is facing outward so you can read it, but the math’s spine is facing inward so you can’t see it. Reversing the binder each time makes for a looser fit in the locker.

Step 3: If you have a pencil pouch, put it either on top of your books and binders or if you have a shelf, put it under it.

Step 4: If you have a 1:1 Laptop program at your school, always keep your laptop in it’s case and store it at the bottom of your locker under the shelf holding your books and binders.

Conclusion of organization: You should now have a clean locker with a metal shelf holding your books and binder, and your pencil pouch and laptop underneath that.


Step 1: Consult your school policy handbook or ask your head master/mistress, teacher or principal if it is okay to decorate your locker appropriately. If they answer is yes, continue following these steps, if the answer is no, please do not go against their wishes and obey your school policies.

Step 2: Start out with a printed copy of your daily schedule. Tape this to the inside of your locker door or in the back of your locker where you can see it. This will help you plan for classes ahead of time.

Step 3: Collect some small posters of your favorite movies, bands, artists, etc. and “wall paper” your locker’s interior. Make sure the posters aren’t offensive to another person, race, etc.

Step 4: Buy some inexpensive magnetic picture frames and decorate your locker with pictures of your family, friends, and pets. Be appropriate with your pictures and make sure they aren’t offensive to another person, race, etc.

Your locker’s interior should now be fully decorated, organized, and cleaned. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful.

Comment down below if you want me to do more step by step tutorials like this! 😀



10 thoughts on “How to clean, organize, and decorate your locker

  1. I like this tutorial. I love how clear and precise and to-the-point it is. I’m sure it will come in handy for anyone who has trouble organizing lockers and keeping it neat. And yes, you should make more tutorials like this one.

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