Friday, January 6, 2012

Clutter-Free Classroom Project Week #1

Ok, this is a big step for me. I can NOT believe that I am going to post these pictures! It is sort of like weighing yourself in public....YIKES! However, I think that by going through this CFCP I will be a better teacher, right?! First, let me say that my room is amazing! It is HUGE! I have plenty of space and storage! It is a brand new room. The one draw back was that I moved into the room about 3 days before school started and I haven't been able to catch up since. I actually feel like I am falling more behind than ever.

I am the kind of person who LOVES the idea of being organized, but can't seem to quite get it right. I start lots of project and ideas and then get distracted by a new idea. LOL! I am a piler....FOR SURE! I lose things constantly! I am working on being organized at home and at school. So, please don't judge me by my boxes, my piles, well...enough goes....ugggg!! :-)

Ok, here is the fist picture! It is a view from my door. It is not really a "specific" area, but it's because I need to organize my whole room! Mr room is huge, isn't it?! I love having a door. I did not last year. I was in a room that was connected to 2 other Kindergarten rooms. Yep, it was loud. Good thing I like my teammates!

These next two pictures are of my desk area, my storage cabinets (should have taken inside pics darn it) and of the sink area. GO BIG RED! Yes, I love my Huskers! The small desk in front of my desk is SUPPOSED to be my safe seat (tee hee) right now it is full of left over Polar Express treats! I use the plastic bins to hold my daily materials needed.

This is the cubby area. As you can see, I use the last few cubbies as another catch all...which I am hoping to eliminate! Also, above the cubbies, I still have boxes that I have not unpacked! WHAT?! I know...I know! :-( All of the 3 drawer containers are what I use to hold of my Kinders' extra supplies...which I LOVE! It is so handy. I just put numbers on the drawers and I don't need to change them...EVER!

Ok, now it's getting gradually worse. This is my small group area. Ok, ok, ok...the storage boxes that are on the floor are my December boxes (which haven't been put away) and my January box (which I just got out). The piles are there because as I said before, I am a piler! :-)

Final picture...whew! This is the mack daddy of all storage! The problem is, I am not using it appropriately. The blue and pink fabric bins are used to store my Reading Street unit materials. They fit perfectly in those little cubbies. However, I am thinking that I am not using that space as best I can. Do I really "need" to have all of those materials there in the room. I do have the possibility of housing them in a separate storage closet (yep, more storage) The small containers are my Math manipulatives. I am just really rethinking this whole space.

Well, there you have it! We were also supposed to post what were our thoughts while taking these pictures. I kind of already answered that for each picture! But, again I am thinking, "Oh @#$%" :-) Not appropriate....I know, but honest!
Clutter-Free Classroom


  1. Thanks for linking up. I love the colors in your room. Is the space as big as it looks?

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

  2. Your room is AWESOME! I love all the storage. I don't go back until the 9th and its okay; all I can think is, "@#$%" when it comes to getting all my stuff organized too!

  3. WOW! Your room is huge! I am so jealous! Our building was built in 1962 and as you can guess is SMALL!! Good luck with your organizing efforts!

  4. Girl... I read the top and was thinking those pics were going to be so much worse than they were!!! Not bad at all. My room is so small compared to yours!!!

  5. You have me laughing because I'm thinking the same thing Oh {insert bad word} am I really showing people this?! I love the idea of being organized but tend to pile things up. I'm glad you've linked up! Can't wait to see what you do!
    Rambling About Reading

  6. Wow! The built in storage cabinets are great! Your room looks far better than you think. Good luck organizing those cubbies!


  7. I adore your storage area! Your room just looks like a little sprucing up is in order, but looks great otherwise. Mine is a wreak!

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  8. Oh my gosh, I LOVE your classroom!! It is so bright and happy! I don't think anything looks as bad as you think...I agree with Ms. M, just a little sprucing :)

  9. I love your classroom! I'm with you on the storage issues - I, too, have a lot of storage in my room, but am really not using it very effectively. Good luck to you as you figure your space out - you can do it!

  10. <3 the fabric bins...your room looks really fun! Do you like the kiddos having desks? Or are they always arranged in tables? All I have are tables!

  11. I love your room!! You have it set up so nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing how you get everything together! :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  12. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!

  13. Hi there!
    My name is Laura and I run the new collective blog called We are working to give encouragement and inspiration to teachers. I stumbled on your teaching blog today and loved all your practical ideas!

    I just wanted to connect with you via webworld and let you know about a new thing we are doing our way called Teaching Tip Tuesday where people can link up a past post they've written giving a practical teaching tip! This post would work great! We are giving away some sweet stuff over there for it, and would love to have you involved if you have a sec!

    Thanks, and I look forward to connecting with you again! The link is:

    Our plan is to run it every Tuesday, if you'd like to jump in! Have a great day!

    Laura Parker

  14. love your blog (and your friend Crystals)

    jackie livingston

  15. Great job! And freakin' funny comments too! Take care! Have a great Spring!!
    Lupe Palacios