Teacher Recharge Challenge Week 2 {Time Saving Tips for Teachers, Reduce Stress, Get Organized, Prepare for the New Year}

The focus of this site is to help teachers organize and manage their classrooms. Taking some time during the school vacation to get organized at home can greatly reduce your stress level and make your school days much more relaxed. This series contains "challenges" you can do that will become teacher time savers during the school year.

Challenge 2# Clean Out Your Closet:
Like everything else, clothing can be clutter and the less you have the less you’ll need to manage (or frantically sort through in the morning when you’re already running late for school). Having a few staples (khaki pants, a black skirt, etc) will provide a simple foundation you can build on. This week’s challenge is to get rid of all those extra items of clothing that are cluttering your closet and costing you time in the morning.

Take some time this week to go through each item of clothing you own. Discard the ones that are stained or torn and donate any clothing that is better suited for someone else. If you like to hold on to clothes that you are hoping to fit into I suggest you get a container to store them so they are not mixed in with your other clothes. Having only clothes you love and wear regularly in your rotation will save you so much time each school day.

Here are a few tips for organizing a clothing closet:

  • Work is small chunks. Taking EVERYTHING out of your closet at one time will cause you to be overwhelmed. Instead tackle like items (i.e. shirts, pants, skirts, etc), work to completion and then take on the next category.

  • Have a plan for where the items will go after they are out of your closet. If you plan to donate them have a bag ready and know when and where you will bring them.

  • Set very specific rules. It’s easy to hold onto something because you “may” wear it in the future. Setting non-negotiable rules will help avoid that. 

  • Sometimes just asking yourself these three questions helps: Do I wear this? Do I love it? Would someone else be better off owning it? 

  • Make sure you have a few staples that can be paired with lots of options. Informally inventory what you are keeping so you know what you need to add.

And now for a few tips for making school day mornings easier:
  • Pick out your outfits and prepare the clothes for the week on the weekend. Put together everything you need (top, bottom, undergarments, accessories). This will save “what am I going to wear?” minutes as well as ensuring that what you intend to wear is clean and wrinkle-free. As a bonus this also prevents coming home to a pile of discarded clothes on the bedroom floor that you tried on and didn’t wear that day.

  • Arrange your closet in a manner that makes it easy to find what you need. This could mean by color or by like items being grouped together.

  • If you live in a seasonal climate box up clothes from the off season. Even if your closet is really large you’ll find it easier to get ready for school if your space is simplified.

Feel free to post pictures on social media as you complete the challenges. Use #CFCRechargeChallenge. Do you have any tips to add about cleaning out a clothes closet or getting dressed for school? Add them in the comments below.

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