Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Progress and Another Chance to Win

As you may know, I've been hard at work de-cluttering my classroom.  I started with the closets and am about halfway through that project.  Don't worry!  I haven't given up.  I just need a decent amount of time to put into it (and the help of my teacher friend).  We will get back to work on it on Monday!  

However, I did conquer my teacher's desk project!!  Check it out, I completely got rid of my desk and I could not be happier.  

This is the inside.  So much stuff.  So messy.  And so not mine.  (still leftovers from the teacher that I took over for 3 years ago)

And now it's completely empty!  Woohoo!

Okay, I'm pretty neat.  But not this neat!  This was after I started to clean so it's not a good representation of my old dumping ground.

The front view.  Takes up a lot of space, huh?

 Anddd wah-lah!  Desk gone.  New table in place.  I LOVE it!  I added the drawers to the side to store my stuff.  I really like the small drawers because it's so much easier to organize and find stuff.

Here's the front side.  I bought the stools from Christmas Tree Shop because they're easier to move and store.  And I like the colors.  My kids absolutely love them!  It's so funny, they beg to use them and rush to be the first one to sit on them.

I was a little nervous about getting rid of my desk, I'll admit it.  But so far it's been great.  It ensures that I don't have too much clutter and I use the table all the time to meet with the kids.

I also posted two posters to my TpT store today (remember how I can't draw anchor charts to save my life?).

One I am going to use to teach Sensory Images during Reader's Workshop:

And the second one I am going to use for teaching my students how to write small moment stories.

And that leads me to another way to win my giveaway!  I always come up with extra chances AFTER I publish my post.  Oh well.  Anyways, I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers!

If you rate one of my products on TpT (free or not), leave me an extra comment on my Giveaway and a Freebie post.  Good luck!


  1. I got rid of my desk years ago and I love not having one!! Congrats on your progress!

    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

  2. I think I need to follow your lead and participate in this de-clutter project!!! I opened one of my cabinets today and one of my second graders offered to come in after school and organize it for me! Must be bad if even they want to de-clutter it! You are doing an awesome job!!!! :)

  3. Wow! What a transformation! I'm in the process of getting rid of my desk as well. I've scheduled it to be taken out of my room either tomorrow or Friday, so I hope I'm on schedule when the custodian comes!

  4. Congrats on getting rid of the desk. It looks great!

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  5. Awesome, props to you for getting rid of your desk... I don't think I could do it!!! I do need to do some de-cluttering though!

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  6. Congrats on getting rid of your desk! It is giving me more inspiration to get rid of mine. Looks fantastic!

    Apples and Papers

  7. Nice work! I am dumping things from my desk this week too...they belong to the teacher that spent 12 years in my room, oh my!!! Good luck, I love the table idea!

  8. How exciting you could get rid of your teacher desk. (Wish I could do the same!) You look like you have made some pretty good progress!


  9. Thanks for linking up! You're even ahead of the game because next week's task is going to be about the teacher desk. Enjoy the weekend. I feel like I should award you a sticker! :)

    ❤Jodi from...
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

  10. I haven't gotten rid of my desk but am using it as the computer table right now. My first graders love to sit at the 'big desk'! You look like you're making great progress, can't wait to see what you do next.

  11. Wow! I'm so impressed you got rid of your desk! I wish I could get rid of my desk but because of my computer, printer and phone I can't. It looks great and is so much less space!
    Rambling About Reading

  12. That is my goal for the summer, to get rid of my teachers desk. Awesome job!!!


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