Jodi, over at the Clutter-Free Classroom, has designated Week 2 of her Clutter-Free Classroom Challenge for making a plan. I love making a plan. Seriously love planning. You sweat so much less than when you’re actually executing said plan.
I made a huge list of the areas of my room I needed to work on, but when I finished, I realized it was basically every square inch of my class. So I’m going to hit the areas the kids and I use most frequently, and go from there.
I decided my sorting bins would be:
- Recycle – we already have bins for this in our room
- Donate – this stuff will go to the teacher’s mailroom
- If I haven’t used it in three years, ditch it. (My stuff stayed boxed up all last year because blah, blah, blah, so I’m giving myself an extra year,)
- If it’s broken, ditch it.
- If it’s something that I can print from my computer, ditch it.
- If I have multiple copies lying around, ditch the extras.
- If it’s out of date or irrelevant, ditch it.
- a bottle of cleaner
- a roll of paper towels
- garbage bags
- Post-It notes
- a tape measure
- pad of paper and pencil
- ziplocs of varying sizes
- large and small labeled bins