Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Organizing-Small Steps

I can't believe that it is almost August. I have 3 weeks of summer vacation left, and it feels like we just got out of school!

My room finally got cleaned, so I've started working in it. I'm doing a major organizing haul this year, since this will be my first time being in the same school for another year. (This will be my 2nd year at this school if the previous statement did not make sense ;)

Since I'll be living with this room for at least another year (hopefully a lot more!!), I needed not to just store stuff, but have it work for me (previously, I've shoved my stuff where it has been easily accessible, and used what I could easily find from the stuff in the room)

I've been going through stuff with a cold heart-if I haven't touched it or used it, I don't need it. Some stuff will be thrown away, some stuff is going on the 'free' table at school, and other stuff will be gifted to other teachers.

My major project? Remember these shelves?

Everything is kind of willy-nilly all over the place and it wasn't sensible (to me).

So I spent an hour and half doing some work today (with some more to go!)

Some of you might see the pictures and say "Kaitlyn, that looks messier than when you started!"

I know.

But there is a method to my madness. :)

This is what it looked like when I started: (I apologize for the blurry pictures-camera has be acting up!)

I moved a lot of shelves today, and cleaned each one before I moved it (ewww-they were icky!). I think I got a lot done in the hour and a half I was there!

Right now:
This is the Math/Science Area.

There book luggage will be on the bottom shelving currently has binders all over it :)

On the second shelf, I have my center binders (separated by domain) with the center bins next to it...I just need to organize those! Then I have more common used manipulatives.

The third shelf have less commonly used manipulatives.

The top shelf holds the science materials that didn't fit in the closet.

This is the start of the literacy section.

The blue bins hold guided reading packs, and the clear bins hold mentor texts.  I still need to finish organizing this area-put all the literacy series stuff in their new home!  (Plus, add all the binders I have...but we won't talk about that :P )

The rest of my classroom:

All those piles have a purpose! There's a trash pile, a free pile, different teacher piles and an old math resources pile (that we still have to keep even though we are all piloting different programs for a whole year...)

I didn't put the rest of my word wall up, because I stagger the letters (based on the number of words for each letter) and accidentally took the picture off my camera-whoops! I'll have to put it back on before I finish! :)

What are some of your organizing tricks?

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. Thanks for sharing your pictures. I have piles everywhere also. A teacher retired so I have to unpack my stuff and combine with the resources she had that I want to keep. Today I used the boxes that I emptied out to sort things into categories: writing, figurative language, parts of speech, non fiction, and reading. That was as far as I got. Now I am making some labels to take the organization to the next step. Heather

  2. I tend to try to do one section at a time. I get spastic with my ADD sometimes and flutter around my room like a mad woman making more of a mess than I'm taking care of. This year a bunch of us got displaced (they are making lots of changes in our district so we joked that they must've just shaken a hat and the names they drew out were the people who got moved lol), so I had to clean everything out of my room since I will be in a new building. I was doing that fluttering thing and not getting anywhere. Finally I stopped, attacked one corner at a time and got so much more done! That's how I plan to unload in my new room too. Once I can get into it (we aren't allowed in over the summer), I am going to take some pictures, unload my stuff and then leave it so I can study my pictures and decide where I want everything to be. Then one corner at a time, I'll unpack and hopefully that'll be the end of it :)

    The Caffeinated Teacher

  3. Looks like a great start! Tell me more about your center binders... I'd love to hear how you did them and what they look like :) Can't wait to see it all put together.

  4. I have to disagree with it looking messier. I think the "after" picture is a definite improvement. Keep it up!


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