WHAT TO DO WITH THE CLUTTER IN YOUR CLASSROOM

Do you want to make extra money as a teacher and declutter your classroom at the same time? Try these simple classroom organization ideas that will make you a more organized teacher and put more money in your bank account all at the same time!
Do you have desks, shelves, and other large classroom items that you want out of your classroom but aren’t sure how to go about doing this?

Several years ago my school needed to shift a lot of classrooms around. That meant a lot of teachers would be going through every nook and cranny of their rooms and there would be a lot of great things that they no longer needed or wanted, but that could be used by others. Somebody came up with a wonderful idea to hold a swap and many people benefited from it.

I scored three fabulous benches that a teacher moving to 5th grade had decided would be too small for her students. There were books, games, classroom furniture and lots of resources to pick from. We all had a lot of fun with it. You can initiate this in your school too!

This blog post will…


  • guide you through how to implement a teacher swap so you can declutter your classroom and have an outlet of where to send purged items
  • offer a solution to not having the time or ability to physically get rid of things like desks, shelves, and other large classroom items
  • assist you in letting go of your guilt of getting rid of things that you do not need
  • provide a freebie you can use for your teacher swap

Before we begin:


How to Plan a Teacher Swap


  1. Consult with your administration. Make sure your administrators are on board with the idea.
  2. Identify a location. We were lucky because we had a classroom available and were able to run our swap over the course of a week. This was ideal because people could drop and "shop" at their leisure. If you don't have a room available you could get creative and designate a space behind a stage curtain, a table in the teacher's lounge or a space in your copy room. You may also want to consider services that may end before the official school year does (library, PT, preschool) and see if they would be willing to allow you to use their space.
  3. Choose a time frame. You need to pick a start date and end date. You could designate a specific day and have each teacher put the unwanted materials outside their classroom door after dismissal and people can stroll around and look for treasures. You could also spread it over a week if you have the space to accommodate that.  You will also need to decide what time the swap will happen.
  4. Create a plan for how to handle anything left over.  In our case, our custodians took care of it for us.  Make sure teachers know they are responsible for their own clean up if that is the case.
  5. Spread the word about the event. You could post a flyer, send an email, post it in the daily bulletin (if you have one), or announce it at a staff meeting.  I created this flyer for you to either use or use as a model.  If you choose to use it, simply fill in the date and time and spread the news to your coworkers.
  6. Send out a thank you. At the conclusion of the event, make a kind gesture and thank everyone for their participation either through email, the daily bulletin (if you have one), or at the next staff meeting.

Do you want to make extra money as a teacher and declutter your classroom at the same time? Try these simple classroom organization ideas that will make you a more organized teacher and put more money in your bank account all at the same time!


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