I’ve been struggling with organization throughout the school year for a few reasons. The main reason is that we did home visits at the beginning of the year, and that ate up about 30 hours of time that I would have otherwise used to get my classroom set up. Throughout the year, piles would appear, junk accumulated, and frustration abounded. So, I was determined to get the teacher space in my classroom organized over Christmas break.
I didn’t want to spend all day every day at school during what I had left of my break, but it did take me probably about 18 hours all together to get things set up how I wanted them. I purchased two ten-drawer carts from Sam’s Club with the help of my sister’s membership. I also got a cubby-type shelf from IKEA and a few bins to put in them. These purchases were made possible by a very generous friend who has been sending money to use for my classroom. I couldn’t have done any of this without his financial assistance.
On the drawers for one of the carts, I put labels for the days of the week and some other common things that I use each week. On the other cart, I put a label for each subject. The drawers are meant for papers for that day or that subject. On the IKEA shelf I put stuff like my teacher’s manuals and support materials, magazine files to hold things that I use occasionally, and a three-drawer file to put papers that need to be filed. In the bins are my extra nametags, etc., plastic bags, and prizes for the students,
Underneath my desk, which is really an old computer table, I have cubbies that hold different colors of paper, teacher guides and materials I don’t use much, my stash of paper plates, utensils, and napkins along with a few treats, a printer, and other supplies. I put fabric around the front of my desk to hide that there is stuff stored underneath it. I also have a three-drawer cabinet that holds file folders in the bottom drawer and has two smaller drawers above that.
I’m feeling pretty good about my organization. I know that the key to this is going to be to maintain it and not let those piles appear, but I loved seeing the top of my desk so nice and clean that it will be my goal to leave it like that every evening.
These are the before, during, and after pics of my teacher space.
And, yes…Rocky helped.