Think about your classroom and answer this question: Wouldn’t it be nice to have the opportunity to work from a blank slate?
This may surprise some of you educators who feel you are destined to live out your teaching careers doing important work in a cluttered, messy, disorganized classroom, but EVERY teacher can be organized.
Let me say that again…Each and every teacher can be efficient, happy and enjoy teaching in a beautiful, clutter-free, organized classroom. It just takes planning and an investment of time that I promise you’ll find to be worth it. This blog post will list exactly what you need to plan for when decluttering a classroom.
The thought of starting fresh with less clutter and creating time-saving systems to make you more efficient in the classroom AND most importantly able to enjoy more of your personal time is appealing. But if you’ve been teaching awhile or have taken over a classroom from another teacher it may not feel like having a clutter-free classroom is possible.
I recently explained why classroom organization is important and shared the values of taking pictures of your classroom in its current state. The next step in successfully transforming your classroom is to plan out how you will accomplish this very manageable goal.
Ten Steps to Declutter and Organize Your Classroom
- 1. Take before pictures.
- 2. Create an action plan.
- 3. Enlist the help of others.
- 4. Know where your clutter will go.
- 5. Gather supplies.
- 6. Make a clean sweep.
- 7. Schedule time to work on the space.
- 8. Work through the decluttering process.
- 9. Organize the items that remain.
- 10. Create systems to maintain your new clutter-free classroom.
The ten steps above will be the focus of my new blog series, Creating a Clutter-Free Classroom. Throughout the series I will go through each step in detail and provide free printables when applicable. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter if you want to gain earlier access to them.