This post should probably start with a confession.
I admit it, I have clutter... again.
I have made great strides in getting organized, but it's still there. And its multiplying...
Well, thanks to Jodi at Clutter-Free Classroom, I have a chance to change! (Again.)
This post is the before pics.
Here are my top 3 areas that need attention, sooner rather than later:
Code red: Teacher area.
|This is my desk. It's really a table.|
|This is the view that my students see. (Yikes!)|
Then there is what's behind the desk.
|That is the place where my chair should be.|
I know what you're thinking, How does she sit back there?
The answer, I don't.
The way our technology is set up, I actually have a second table, because my laptop and scanner have to be here:
|I know, right.|
Ok, that was brutal! It was hard to look at!
Except it gets worse...
And then there is behind the desk:
Key problem, stuff stacked with the purpose of doing something with it later, and not getting to it.
Going to be working on that!
Code orange: My counter
I have a counter that runs the length of my classroom! The challenge becomes that it is a breeding ground for stuff not to get put away.
|Luckily part of this was winter party supplies, so there is an empty square foot now.|
|The cereal was for a party day craft. Sadly, the Unifix cubes were last used two months ago.|
|This is a book display I made this summer, during a 4th Grade Frolics Linky party. |
Now it is filled with mentor texts.
|Listening center. Look open space!|
Code Green: Open shelving storage areas & Kleenex.
My current classroom has open shelving areas.
I DESPISE them! So... I covered them with curtains.
Unfortunately, the fire marshall for my school has not created some STRICT guidelines for next year, and my curtains MAY have to go.
I need to be proactive with making these shelves look visually appealing.
My other nemesis, KLEENEX!
I have 28 students. At the beginning of the year they each are supposed to bring 2 boxes of Kleenex.
What classroom has space to store 50+ boxes of Kleenex??
Currently, not mine.
They are shoved in every available space.
I would like to clean out one complete cabinet to be able to have them all in one location.
|Too many Kleenex are making this cloth not hang correctly.|
|This is one of my favorite curtains. This pic also allowed me to show off another one of my plants.|
Now I really do need to make some changes!
Thanks for looking at my chaos. I can't wait to get started.
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