Sunday, January 15, 2012

Clutter-Free week 2

This past Friday's assignment from Clutter-Free Classroom was to make a Plan. That's funny!  I'm ADD -what's a plan?  Aren't we suppose to jump right into projects head first and think later?  Well I'll try it this way and see what happens.  I do have to say it is getting me more excited about purging. If I had jumped right in I would have quit by now and nothing would have been accomplished.

Clutter-Free Classroom

This is the hard part for me. I have always kept things thinking I would someday use it!  I love crafts – I have many crafts!  I love sewing – I have tons of materials.  I love scrap-booking – I have way too much supplies!  Get the picture?  I see things and think OHH I can use that for … and it never gets used! 

So here goes:

1. If it doesn’t pertain to 2nd grade – get rid of it!
2. If I have it on my laptop – get rid of it! I can print when I need it.  Hmm – but then I have to organize my laptop files. (DEEP SIGH!)
3. I will use binders to organize my papers. Fortunately another teacher’s husband had donated boxes and boxes of binders!!
4. Take care of papers as I use them. This is one area I started with this week.  With great results! 
5. Keep one copy only!  I have been turning extra papers into scrap paper for the students to color and draw on during free time.   I have also started cutting the papers in half and using as writing plan sheets! This has been a great recycle! I just need to be careful what is on the backs in case they go home!
6. Extras or items I don’t use will be going to the 3 (yes 3) student teachers that will be joining my team in a week. They will be thrilled to start their careers with valuable material!

This is all I can think of for now – I’m sure more will come as I start the purging phase this week! 



  1. LOL, We are so much alike when it comes to thinking "someday I'll use it". I'm afraid to see how much of my stuff belongs in that category. I went out today and bought my bins for the purging phase and I can't wait!! I'm excited to get started!!

  2. I have my bins and made extra signs for home! I gave them to my granddaughters to use in their room. They were excited! Good Luck Vanessa!