Some people have this natural affinity for organizing, and I just... don't. I never have.
I was that kid whose desk was dumped over onto the floor by her teacher.
I was that kid whose dad once took everything off her bedroom floor and took it away for two weeks.
I still am that teacher whose class actually comments when there aren't piles on my desk.
The thing is, I like when things are organized. And I have slowly found things that work for me in the classroom, but I've only been in my own room 2 years and I switched grade levels this year!
I've decided to take on the Clutter-Free Classroom Challenge for 2013, and it is scary.
When you first walk into my classroom, it doesn't look that bad.
The library needs some labels and some book box fixes, but overall, I don't think it'll take too much to get into shape.
The back of the room is pretty good...
... until you get to the sink area.
The front of the room isn't too bad, other than a quickly dying carpet and some books to be put away.
My small group area is recovering from some crazy time before break, but it the table itself is usually clear. (Right now, I'm working on MOY assessments, not groups, so it hasn't gotten back to normal yet.)
Behind the small group area is just a mess, though.
Annnd the worst part of the room? My desk area. See that pile on the left? It was actually
Both parts are a mess.
Behind the desk is bad, too...
And I forgot to get a picture of under the desk, which is just as terrible.
But, hey, this week I was already able to clear off one giant pile!
Look at the pretty desk space!
There's, uh, a lot of room for progress... right?
I'm embarrassed to put this out there, but, hey- it's part of the process. Maybe I need a little embarrassment as motivation :) I can't wait to show you the 'after'!
If you want to join the Clutter-Free Classroom Challenge, link up here! I'm excited to change the feel of my classroom, simplify my teaching life, and
Please tell me I'm not the only one whose room looks like this? :)