Many people that walk into my classroom think that it is such a clean and organized room. Clean… yes. Organized… NO WAY!!
Here is what everyone sees my classroom as…
I love my room and I spent a lot of time rearranging it to make it fit my needs as well as my students’ needs. It is a very functional classroom, aside from the organizational piece that is missing. Today I am going to share with you my “secrets”. Are you ready for them? I must say that they aren’t pretty. Be warned, you are about to see my BEFORE photos.
This area looks fairly organized, except for the fact that I don’t use ANY of it. I ocassionally lift up the fabric to get the students’ reading books and a binder here and there, but other than that, these shelves are taking up prime real estate.
One of my few cabinets that lock is filled with supplies that don’t need to be locked up.
Math centers that have never been used because I still have no clue how I want to organize them. Without organization I’m afraid they will turn into a complete mess so instead they just sit in the corner.
Movies that I hardly ever watch with my class (maybe three a year) as well as old journals and folders.
Two drawers that are my “junk” drawers. I know houses have junk drawers, but a classroom… really!?
My math cabinets. Surprisingly, this is pretty nice compared to what it used to be.
Under the sink, don’t get me started. :-/
My main source of supplies, all crammed into four small drawers.
Two cabinets that house extra books or materials that aren’t used.
A bookshelf that I bought to solve the issue of limited space. I love how everything is stored away, but I hate the fact that I would like these things locked up since Lakeshore stuff is so pricey!!
My desk. I try to have a little organization system in place. I think I outgrew it already.
Yet again, another locking cabinet that houses materials that don’t need to be locked up.
My teaching easel on a good day. By Friday it’s packed and today is only Monday.
I hope I didn’t scare you with all of my disorganization. I know it isn’t too bad, but to me I find myself wasting more time trying to find things then actually teaching. If I had an organizational system in place, it would make my life so much easier. Not to mentioned I would never loose anything again… maybe.
I’m linking up over at Clutter Free Classroom. You can follow my process of organizing my classroom as well as play along with us. Check back later in the week when I do challenge #2, planning.
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