Is that a word? Anyways I am quite the neat freak. When I tell my friends that my house is messy, they say "oh, that just means you have a few neatly stacked piles on your table." Aww man, they're right.
When I moved into my classroom 3 years ago, as a long term sub, it was a MESS. The teacher that was there before me, was very sick unfortunately. I never met her, but it seemed that she was a very good teacher. And, also, somewhat of a hoarder. There was so much stuff in that classroom. Okay, I thought, I can handle this. I like to clean! WRONG. My challenge that year was that we didn't have a contract, so we could only get to school 15 minutes before the kids did and had to leave the building 15 minutes after they did. And we couldn't go into our classrooms on non-school days. CA-RAZY! Here are some pictures of my first day three years ago:
Sooo many worksheets. I almost never use worksheets in my classroom.
This one is a little blurry, but the kids cubbies were a mess! (Yes, that area is where they were supposed to put their backpacks, lunch boxes, and coats. Wait, wa-??)
So in the past few years, I've conquered the bookshelves and the cubbies. I'll post my "after" pictures soon. But now I just have one more area of attack. These haven't bothered me quite as much since they are behind closed doors. But here are my closets:
Yeah, these doors don't even close all the way.
These next two, I started to conquer but got a little overwhelmed (and ran out of time). So much valuable space and materials! Must. Clean.
My goal was to do them this past summer, but they tiled my classroom and no one could tell me when they were going to be done and when I could get into my room. Apparently they finished them 2 days before school was supposed to start. Needless to say, I wasn't able to get in to my room to work on them.
But now, thanks to:
I will now be cleaning my closets! I've needed some motivation to get it done. On Monday, I'm starting with the construction paper closet. I think that will be the quickest one to do and the one that desperately needs it! Any suggestions on how to organize it? I was thinking plastic shelves or boxes so that I could get to all of the construction paper easily.