Monday, January 2, 2012

Why Do You Want to Get Organized?



Oh my gosh y'all! I'm thrilled by your positive response and excitement about our new project. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm. If I wasn't giddy enough already about taking this on, you've all really gotten me jumping up and down.

Tomorrow I head back to school after a lovely, leisurely vacation. In our house, hubby does the laundry. Despite loving my job, I always do the usual whining of "woe is me...I need to work tomorrow" that we teachers do after each break and long weekend. I know you can all relate, but those 9-5ers with 3 weeks vacation a year certainly don't have sympathy.

He never even entertains my complaining so I didn't think tonight would be different. However, I foolishly started with the deep sighs about having to pack lunches as he was folding the laundry. He was quick to point out that the laundry baskets he had just washed were filled with his usual khakis and button downs, but nothing but fleecy pajamas with a variety of Santa and snowflake prints from the rest of the family. I suppose I can't complain. An entire week of coffee-sipping in jammy-jams is definitely one of our job perks.

Anyhow...enough about me airing my dirty laundry {get it?}...on to the Clutter-Free Classroom Project.

I'm a huge advocate for being well-planned and prepared. Taking on the task of decluttering and organizing is no different. It's all about baby steps and little goals. By planning and visualizing you'll be setting a purpose for your task.

On the image above, I've listed some of the common benefits to being organized. I left three blank for you to think about your own personal reasons.

Take a moment to think about the benefits of organizing and creating spaces for each and every item that survives the upcoming purge. You can take this on while driving, showering or drifting off to sleep.

Or if you are like me you might prefer to type a color-coded list outlining your goals in alphabetical order.

Potatoes...PatAtoes.

They can be serious (I am worried about being rehired because I am so disorganized at work).

They can be silly (I waste so much time looking for my keys hidden under the piles on my desk that I keep missing Ellen).

You can keep them in your head.

You can jot them on a post-it.

Or you can share them with the world by listing your top 3 reasons for wanting to be more organized on your blog or in the comment section of this post.

Happy thinking friends!




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32 comments:

  1. I want to get organized because it just makes me feel free, less stressed and proud. It's a great feeling to have someone ask about something and to be able to say, "Hang on a sec..here it is!" Or to have a student say, "You're the most organized teacher I have"

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  2. I want to be organized because....
    1. I could actually do my job...teach.
    2. Spend less extra time at school.
    3. Be able to find things when I need them.
    I can't wait to read more and somehow figure the organization thing out. I need to in a BIG BAD way!!
    ~Lesley

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  3. I want to get organized because:
    1. I want to stop feeling stressed when I look at some areas in my room.
    2. I want to quit the stupid "it's organized chaos!" excuse when I talk about my classroom storage area - because even though I truly do know where everything is, that doesn't mean it's organized!
    3. I would love to be known as the teacher who's always organized! How cool would that be?

    http://spedventures.blogspot.com/

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  4. I want to get organized because:
    1. I want to know what resources I have to work with and what I need to invest in.
    2. I want to be able to find things quickly and give people correct information
    3. I want to save time at school instead of living in my rooms.

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  5. I want to get organized because...
    - I want to know EVERYTHING that I have to work with (I'm a newbie and came into a classroom with many books, supplies, etc.).
    - I want to smile (not pull my hair out) when I look at my desk.
    - I want to lead by example and help my students become organized.

    http://its-grow-time.blogspot.com

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  6. I so want to get organized because:
    1. I am ADD and when things are unorganized so is my brain!
    2. I want to spend less time at school and more time with my husband!
    3. I need to know what I have to teach with - not fly by the seat of my pants.
    4. I need to find things quickly.
    5. If I'm organized it will be easier to "MODEL" for my students how to be organized!

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  7. I want to get organized because:
    1. I want to be able to use the valuable time teaching, not hunting...
    2. I want to set a good example for my students.
    3. My family misses me. I spend too much time at school.

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  8. I want to be more organized because:

    1. color-coding/labeling makes me warm and fuzzy inside
    2. I can purchase new containers/baskets/storage bins
    3. clutter gives me the willies :)

    I'm a newbie blogger. Please follow me.
    Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

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  9. I want to be organized because...
    1. it helps me do my job better.
    2. I will have more time to blog.
    3. I want to set a good example for my students.
    4. I'd love to be featured here and on I Heart Organizing.
    5. it makes me feel like I have more control of my life.
    6. things look pretty, and I like pretty.

    Wow, that was more than I thought I would have.

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

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  10. 1. I want to find things when I need them.
    2. I love the way things look in cute little tubs or bins.
    3. I want to see the top of my desk.

    Mandy
    http://aspecialkindofclass.blogspot.com

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  11. 1. I'd like to be able to find things immediately.
    2. I'd love to have a classroom that tells parents and visitors (as well as the children) that I care about our environment.
    3. I'd like to spend more time teaching and with my family and less time "organizing".
    Have a great day everyone!
    seabears kindergarten

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  12. 1. I want to stay organized once I get there.
    2. I want to spend more time planning and with my family than organizing.
    3. I want to clean the inside of my desk.

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  13. I feel like I'm fairly organized at school but I have a few areas to work on. Thursday when I get back to school I'll take some pictures. It's at home that I have the real issues. So I'm applying this challenge to my home life as well. These are the reasons I want to stay organized at home:
    1. To make my home more inviting
    2. To make room for my fiance, Chris for when he moves in after we get married.
    3. clutter makes me crazy.
    http://mskerriandherkrazykindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  14. I want to be more organized so that
    1. I can find things when I need it or someone asks about it.
    2. So that I can spend less time looking and more time with my family.
    3. It makes me feel good to be organized.

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  15. Can you post your goal chart so we can type our ideas on it or is that a picture of a poster? I'd like to post this near my teacher desk area to help me stay on track>

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  16. 1- I like to find things quickly!
    2- Save money so I do not buy more of what I already (might) have
    3- An organized classroom is always 'cutter!'
    4- Because I am OCD5
    5- It looks like I know what I am doing ;)

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  17. 1-I would like to be able to spend more time with friends and family then at school because I am not sure "What is next!"
    2-I would like for people to walk into the room and KNOW that I care about the environment of the classroom.
    3-I want to teach my students good organization habits...how can I complain about their messy desk when my desk is FULLLLLLL of "STUFF"?

    I did get rid of my huge teacher desk today....oh my the amount of space it opened...AMAZING!

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  18. I would love to feel proud (and embarrassed) when guest "drop in" unannounced. I would love to have an organized space that provides an environment that my students can learn in. (I appear to be organized to others because I can do a good job of hiding the clutter when I know they're coming...(observations, conferences, meetings, etc).

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  19. ***that should have said NOT embarrassed...

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  20. I have wanted to get organized for so long now and I'm so glad that this project is happening. Here are my reasons for wanting to get organized:
    1. Bring Prepared
    2. Less Stress
    3. Classroom Environment

    Heather from myfirsthappyplace.blogspot.com

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  21. I want to get organized, because I moved into a new classroom this year, and I am starting over from scratch organizationally. Some of the things that worked in my other classroom aren't even a possibility now. I want a zen-like classroom environment, and I want everything to have it's "place" or home. :)

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  22. I want to be organized so that everything has a place so it can be found easily and is actually used.

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  23. I blogged about my "Top Reasons I Want to Get Organized." Thank you so much for asking questions that make me reflect on the process and keep me motivated! I'm sure you're an awesome teachers!

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  24. 1. I would like to be able to find things when I need them. I am tired of making copies, putting them somewhere, not being able to find them when I need them, and then making new copies (and then of course finding the first copies) :)

    2. I feel such peace when I am organized and ready for each new day.

    3. At school I want to be a model for my students and colleagues and at home I want to be an example for my children.

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  25. I want to be organized because...
    1. It looks better. (I love cute, matching bins and labels too!)
    2. Once everything has a place I can maintain it with less time and effort. (The systems I have already developed and organized- I have kept organized!)
    3. I won't be bugging my teamies for a copy of this or that because I can't find mine!
    4. It just feels better!

    Thanks for helping
    Stacey B.

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  26. I want to get organized because I've been teaching for 37 years and:
    1. struggle to organize sets of copies to be used
    2. finding the top of my desk
    3. knowing that as soon as I toss something.. I'll wish I hadn't (it's already happened several times this year)
    4. I'm the one you go to because everyone knows I have exactly what you need..
    I'm so looking forward to this "rehab" for me!

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  27. I want to be organized because
    1. The rest of my life is finally coming together and I want my classroom to as well.
    2. It looks better and more appealing.
    3. I just want to be a more organized person in general.

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  28. I want to get organized because:
    1. I want to be able to have the best projects (and other things) for my kids instead of looking around and finding what is "already" there.
    2. I want my classroom to look inviting.
    3. I need it to be.
    Beth Ann
    Taming My Flock of Firsties
    bakteach16@gmail.com

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  29. I have just found your blog & I'm so excited. My school is out & I spent a full day cleaning off my desk & table! Wish I had before pics. So I'm joining late but I'm determined to be organized! Here's my top 3 reasons...
    1. The IDEA of organization makes me happy!
    2. I am the teacher on my team that is known for her "piles" and lovingly laughed at because of it!
    3. Have you ever seen Up the movie? Squirrel!!! (That's me! Constantly chasing the thing that catches my attention but not ever accomplishing anything!)

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  30. I have just found your blog & I'm so excited. My school is out & I spent a full day cleaning off my desk & table! Wish I had before pics. So I'm joining late but I'm determined to be organized! Here's my top 3 reasons...
    1. The IDEA of organization makes me happy!
    2. I am the teacher on my team that is known for her "piles" and lovingly laughed at because of it!
    3. Have you ever seen Up the movie? Squirrel!!! (That's me! Constantly chasing the thing that catches my attention but not ever accomplishing anything!)

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  31. Joining in now, even though it is summer and my room is halfway packed in boxes up at school.

    I want to be organized because:
    -Not being able to find all the cool stuff I have is very, very sad.
    -I have WAY too much stuff everywhere.
    -I want to set a good example for my kiddos!

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  32. I want to be organized because:
    -I don't want to be stressed out..again.
    -I don't want to appear as if I am going to bite someone's head off 24/7.
    -I don't want to be told I have hypertension...again.

    All 3 are products of last year. 21 years of teaching and being OCD at work then given a new grade level, new curriculum, and new head did this to me. I have been back and forth between grades for the past 5 years and demanded that they did not move me again this year. So, here's to another year in grade 3 and hopefully without half the stress or hypertension.

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