My classroom is a hot mess 99% of the time. I have so much stuff and not enough time to put it where it goes.
I inherited A LOT of files from a teacher who retired. There was about 3 drawers FULL in my 4 drawer file cabinet of her stuff. It was awesome, don’t get me wrong. But it was a lot to take in and handle. I wasn’t sure what I needed or what I would use. So i left all of it. Until Christmas break. In this time where the file cabinet was out of commission, I piled up the papers to file on a shelf. That added to the clutter.
During Christmas Break, I went through and tossed quite a bit of it and actually organized the file cabinet. That has helped quite a bit. I have a place to put everything. But tossing it in the “to be filed” shelf is a lot quicker than filing it.
I also started the year with a lot of bare shelves and cupboards. When you are a first year teacher, you don’t come in a with a lot of stuff. It has accumulated over the months, and now I’m not sure where to put everything. The organization just isn’t working. Things will all fit in a cupboard, and I’ll get more of the same type and it won’t fit there anymore. Do you see the dilemma?
My other problem is I have bought SO many books. They are starting to not fit on the bookshelf. I need another bookshelf. Is having too many books ever a problem though?
I really just need a day with no kiddos where I can figure stuff out. Again. Good thing there is one coming up this week. It is much needed.
What are your favorite teacher organization tips? I could use a few. :]