Today we are going to cover Step 1: Preparing to be Clutter-Free
Your task is to gather some supplies that will help you tackle the clutter. Feel free to tweak the list in a way that will work for you, but here is what I suggest.
- trash bags
- a recycling bin
- boxes or tubs to take home the things that you plan to sell this summer
- dishpans or small boxes for sorting smaller items
- cleaning products and rags
- signs that read: trash, donate, recycle, keep, and relocate
As you can see in the above photo, I like to color-code my labels. It makes it easier to see at a glance where things are going as I quickly sort through the clutter. I also like to involve my students whenever possible. I think that organization is an important concept for them to learn, but more importantly it's a great opportunity to spend some time with them outside of the structured school day and makes them feel helpful and important. I usually will ask a couple of friends to come in to class 15-20 minutes before school throughout the year to help in the classroom.
Start gathering your supplies and warn the clutter that you are coming for it.
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