Taking before photos of your classroom in its current state is a valuable tool for transforming it into a clutter-free classroom. It may seem silly to snap pictures of the space instead of just jumping in an organizing it, but there really are many benefits to documenting where you are starting.
This blog post will explain why taking before photos is an important step in working towards an organized classroom that makes you feel less stressed and more productive as a teacher.
Why Before Pictures are Helpful in Organizing Your Classroom:
- Your eyes don’t register the reality of the situation. You spend hours in your classroom every single day and as a result things begin to blur together and not register as they truly are. Taking before pictures removes you from the environment and enables you to see your classroom in its true state. Looking at things from this perspective will let you see things out of place, identify problem areas you may not notice in ‘real time’ and approach the overall task of improving your classroom organization with a critical eye.
- Before pictures provide a baseline and will continue to motivate you throughout the process. Taking your classroom from its current state to the desired clutter-free, super-organized state is not going to be easy, but it will be well worth the time you will need to invest. Having those starting point photos to reference will enable you to see the progress you’ve made and will provide encouragement to continue on the journey.
- It will serve as documentation for your taxes. If you are planning to donate a lot of the unwanted items you can claim those things as charitable donations on your taxes. It is helpful to have good documentation for that purpose.
- It feels amazing to compare before and after photos when the work is done. Not only will you enjoy the benefits that come from teaching in a clutter-free classroom, but you will experience even more pride when you see a side by side comparison of how far you’ve come.
- If you are like most teachers you are overwhelmed, crunched for time and more stressed by the demands of the job than ever before. Those are legit obstacles. The good news is there are simple strategies that can be completed in manageable steps to set you on the path to having a truly organized classroom.
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