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