As I think about the start of a new school year, I also think about the condition I left my room in back in May. This Article From Teachhub.com, entitled “Spring Cleaning: 3 Tips to Tackle Classroom Organization gives some great tips on organizing your classroom clutter. The article talks about leaving your classroom in good shape in the spring to make returning in the fall much easier. It’s not too late, even now, to tackle some of your cutter issues in your classroom!
The article talks about these three tips:
1. Walk Away from Bargains
2. Just Throw it Away
3. Foresee and Avoid problems
I’ve become ruthless about throwing things away and keeping things organized in my own classroom, mainly because I have a small classroom, (which you can see in this post).
If I haven’t used it in a few years, chances are good I won’t be needing it. Just like keeping your home organized and de-cluttered, its important to keep your classroom in good working condition to do your job effectively.
For example, if you constantly battle piles, then maybe your goal this fall would be to implement a system (perhaps in/out boxes) to keep your piles under control. Maybe your problem is keeping your cupboards organized. Spend a few hours and tackle it, and I guarantee you will feel better as the busy year begins.
My organizational goal this year: Email inbox. Keeping it cleaned out and keeping it organized. With emails flying in all day long, and not much time to sit and check it, I really want to decrease my “digital” cutter this year. I will keep you posted on my progress with this goal!
What is the condition of your classroom right now? What steps do you want to take to become more organized for this school year? Do tell!