Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Clutter-Free Classroom Project: Week #2 Challenge



If you are just joining us, you'll want to start here or check out my Clutter-Free Guide to Classroom Organization & Management.

I have to start by saying thank you to all of you who linked up with the Before Pictures Linky Party. I was so energized by your enthusiam, excitement, and willingness to "put it all out there." The link will remain up there and you are welcome to join in at any time. I'm hoping that each of the weekly challenge linkys will continue to grow with time and become a great resource.

And now let's kick off week 2 of the The Clutter-Free Classroom PROJECT.

The goal for this week is to develop a plan for how you will declutter your space.

There are a few things I can not stress enough:
  • You can't organize clutter.
  • The less you have, the less you need to manage.
  • Your trash is {quite possibly} another person's treasure.
  • There is no value in an object that isn't being used.
I'm sure you are tempted to jump ahead to buying colorful bins and organizing your classroom, but that will not be effective.

First you need to purge everything that is not a necessity.

And before you can do that, you need to formulate a plan to help you meet with success.

Baby steps my friends.

So this week will be all about setting the stage for escorting all of the unwanted stuff out the door. After all, you can't have a Clutter-Free Classroom if you don't start by getting rid of the clutter.

It won't be that hard if you plan ahead and chip away at your plan.

You don't even need to throw anything away this week.








Develop a plan for decluttering your space and compose a list of "non-negotiable must purge" rules.








Throughout the week I'll be posting ideas to guide you through deciding what you will do with your unwanted "stuff," gathering everything you need to "purge" the classroom, and creating your plan of attack. I'll also be sharing some free printables with you.

I suggest you grab a 3-ring binder to help organize your PROJECT.

I'm a big fan of binders. :)








On Friday, I'll put up the first Linky Party related to the Clutter-Free Classroom PROJECT. The Linky will be ongoing and you can always jump in and link up at anytime. If you don't have a blog you can respond to the prompt in the comment section on Friday's post. Below is this week's prompt. Keep these questions in mind as you take your pictures:

BLOG PROMPT for Friday's Linky:
What is your plan for decluttering your classroom?
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8 comments:

  1. I finally got around to posting my "before" pics and linked up!
    This isn't due till Friday right?!?! geez! I can't keep up with the hw :)

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from...
    A Teacher's Treasure
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  2. Alrighty...let the planning begin!!! THANKS so much for doing all of this for us!
    {Kimberlee}

    Two Fulbright Hugs
    Teacher Time Savers

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  3. I'm starting to plan and can't wait to hear you suggestions throughout the week to make my plan even better!
    Rambling About Reading

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  4. My little sister helped me pick out fabric this weekend, and she said, "Wow! Organizing your classroom is practically a full-time job!" Can I get an amen? Anyway, here's my post on my plans: http://begborrowandteach.blogspot.com/2012/01/clutter-free-challenge-week-2-its-in.html

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  5. I spent the day creating a blog to chart my journey! This should be fun! I also made my labels for the containers and now I am ready to start planning! Thank you for not having us jump right into this! Baby steps is exactly what I need to I'm not so overwhelmed! Here is a link to my new blog - it should be quite entertaining!

    http://teachingwithadd.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-years-resolution.html

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  7. WOW, that took a lot of effort! If anyone is struggling to come up with some rules for your homework, feel free to check out mine for inspiration!
    They can be found here:
    ✪ Liam ✪
    Twist of Liam

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  8. I get the planning part but what should I be thinking about with "non-negotiable must purge" rules?
    Kinders on the Block

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