Sunday, May 20, 2012


I couldn't help but notice that when I logged in to write this post about my "Thirty One Inspired Classroom Decor", I had just hit 3,100 followers. Ironic.
At this point in the year, I am usually tired of looking at my classroom and crave a change.  In the past I ALWAYS did an elaborate classroom theme.  I started with the ocean/beach.  I then did a camping theme which the kids adored.  Next up I went country with a western theme.  This was followed by my Hollywood theme. Then I kicked it Jersey Shore style with an all out Jungle theme.  I’ve always wanted to do a Sports theme because I think that is ideal for a classroom. 
Last year I went a different route and opted for a “color scheme theme.”
Aqua and lime to be exact.  Are you surprised by that?
Honestly, I’m not tired of it yet.  Not even a little bit.  So I was going to just keep things the same this year.
But, it’s not my style.  I can’t bring myself to not change things up because if I’m being perfectly honest, decorating the classroom is one of my most favorite joys in life. So why deny myself of such a simple pleasure right?
The problem is that my head is spinning with thoughts and ideas and girlfriend here has only four walls to work with.  I must narrow it down to one.
I think I’m going to go the ‘color scheme” route again.  I had blogged before about how much I LOVE the fact that my Thirty One lunch bag and teacher tote match my classroom.  I’m a nerd like that.
So last week I was at my friend Gabrielle’s house.  Y’all remember her right?  She’s the super sweet Thirty One consultant who generously offered all of my readers 15% off their entire purchase of Thirty One products if they mention this blog when they contact here.
Lean in close....the deal is still good.  Yup! She said she still honors it for anyone who orders through her and mentions the Clutter-Free Classroom.  Awesome deal! Awesome gal to work with. Awesome products! Check out her site {} or Email her {gmontevecchi @ yahoo dot com}! :)
Anyhow, I had been toying with doing a grey and yellow classroom. I have a lot of black and white damask things in my room and a grey yellow color scheme would go really well.  Plus, I figured all of my students work would really “POP” against those colors as a backdrop.  With this in mind, I instantly fell in love with the new flowered pattern 31 had out.  I was pretty much sold on the idea and went to work designing myself a whole bunch of goodies for my classroom to match.
Then I flipped through the Thirty One catalog to decide which items to purchase and fell in love with a couple other patterns which made me question if I wanted to use those colors in my room instead.
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So I designed some classroom decor items to go with those hoping I could better decide if I saw them next to each other.  It simply made my choices harder.  I’m still on the fence.  I have open house next week so I’m busy getting my classroom all “campy” for that which buys me a bit of time.  However, as soon as that is over I plan to get to work transforming my room to it’s new look.  I just don’t know what look that will be. 
Each bundle includes: name plates, basket labels, multipurpose labels, job cards (w/ and w/out clipart images), schedule cards, a word wall set, welcome banner/sign, matching plan book/grade book cover, customizable banner, and decorative pennant banner.
My Down to Earth Bundle includes earthy tones, relaxing colors and cool patterns.
{click here to purchase Down to Earth Bundle}

My Clouds and Sun Bundle was named as such because of the grey and yellow color combo.
{click to purchase Sun and Clouds Bundle}

My Bright and Cheerful Bundle is just plain fun. Vibrant colors and fabulous patterns.
{click to purchase Bright & Cheerful Bundle}

What I do know is that I will absolutely be ordering an organizing utility tote.  I already use my bag as a “traveling office,” but check this out...
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Eeeeek! It’s a hanging file crate INSIDE a utility tote.  Holy Cow! I couldn’t love it more. Look at those outside pockets...stickers, calculator, all the colored Sharpies I adore. I think I need one for the house to since my office was turned into a playroom.
Cast your vote...which color scheme should I pick?

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