June 23, 2011

I'm done!! And I decluttered!!!

Thanks to this lovely lady! Have you seen her blog yet?? She is absolutely fantastic--creative and organized!

I've been working on organization A LOT this year, but it was a few months ago that I realized my true problem. More than disorganization, it was just the fact that I had too.much.stuff!!


So, thanks to the inspiration from Clutter-Free Classroom and a lot of agonizing over which materials to part with, I decluttered.
I gave items away to students and teachers in my building. I recycled and I threw things away (only those that could no longer be used!). It took me about six or seven times to go through my room, but I did it. 

I will remain honest with my blogging friends. I do have two medium-sized boxes of items that need to be further sorted or discarded. I mean, everyone else was leaving, I have a sinus cold that won't end, and the year was over. I had to go home!! I figured I could go through the boxes in August.

But I am really just down to what we need in class and what we use the most.
Here's my pride and joy--my closet shelves:
Top Shelf: Games that will remain in there, books in baskets for our class sets of books, and baskets in general.

Middle Shelf: Textbooks and our leveled books for the classroom library.

Bottom Shelf: Workbooks, craft items, speakers.

The best part? Most of these things come out during the school year throughout the room, leaving lots of space in the closet!

And here's the rest of the room (we have to cover everything). That big black thing is my teacher desk (of sorts!) and the black and white things are shelving. Most of the stuff on the tables is buckets of books for our classroom library. That odd-shaped table on the far left holds the items that still need to be sorted that I mentioned above. 

 
I still can't believe it's summer vacation! I've been dying to be on here with all of you, spending countless hours on the blogs. It's rainy and cool here, but school's out for summer!! :) 

(And, being a teacher-geek, I'm already starting my first summer project tomorrow morning!)

17 comments:

  1. I am a teacher geek too then...have a few projects started....welcome to the "club"...lol

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  2. Hey Tracy, thanks, I knew I wouldn't be alone out here with you all!

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  3. Looking fabulous! And no worries on the two tubs that you didn't get to - look at all that you did! You will feel AWESOME when you walk back in in the fall :)

    Charity
    The Organized Classroom Blog

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  4. You are fantastic. I can't wait to see what you come up with, especially your new classroom design. Hope you get to enjoy your summer vacation as much as I am enjoying mine.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  5. Thanks Charity and Ms. M! Your words mean so much to me!

    I am way behind in reading blogs, can't wait to catch up on both of yours! :)

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  6. It looks great Kristen. I'm such a teacher... I saw all of those extra baskets and I think I "oohh" ed out loud. Can't wait to see the changes you make for the Fall.

    Kelley
    Mrs. Randall’s Learning Library

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  7. Looks beautiful!! You must be at home daydreaming about your closet. :) I love the view that you have of the outdoors. Ahhh, trees!

    First Grade Factory

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  8. Kelley, thanks--I do love my baskets! And I just love your new ones!! :)

    Mrs. Lochridge, how embarrassing is it to admit "yes"?!?! :)

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  9. Kristen, I know you answered this before but I can't remember. Where did you get your wonderful baskets? I love them.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  10. Hey Ms. M!! I got them from the Dollar Tree a few years back, not sure if they have the same kind any more.

    Talk to you later :)

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  11. WOW! I had to move all my stuff back to my parents and it is sitting in my brother's room. Looking at that makes me feel like I better start tossing stuff left and right. I should post a before pic and let you all help me. LOL. It looks great. Hope you feel better. I had one of those cold at the end that wouldn't go away - SLEEP.
    Lessons Learned

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  12. I was afraid they were from the Dollar Tree because I would not be able to find them again. Thanks.

    Talk to you later too. :)

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  13. Yay for summer! I barely started my summer too! Ahhhh, I do love organization, thanks for the inspiration :)

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  14. Looks great! I'm new to blogging and was tryingto upload documents to share on my blog last night and your site helped me soooooo much. I just had to come by a send a thank you your way. I would love for you to follow my blog mysecondgradejournal.blogspot.com

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  15. Awesome job! I'm working hard to declutter as well. I made a good start before I left for the summer and I even brought some of it home to continue here at home. I'm sure you will have wonderful pictures to show when school starts back up. I plan to take before pictures and after pictures myself. I don't have a theme, but I do use lots of color.

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  16. Doesn't it feel great?! I had to move buildings at the end of the school year:( After I cried for a day (lol) I decided to take advantage of the move and got extremely organized!! Everything went into a specific place in the new room....only regret, I can't get in there now to label everything!!!

    Looks awesome! I'm a follower:)
    4thgradefrolics.blogspot.com

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  17. Looks great! I am still working on the clutter thing.

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