Clutter-Free Classroom. Sadly, I forgot to take the pictures of my overflowing trashcans and my loaded up cart (which I also got rid of!). If I went back tomorrow, our wonderful maintenance crew would have already disposed of the evidence. But don't worry! I'm sure there will be much, much more!
I cleaned out my desk and two cabinets today. I still have the coat closet, my closet, 2 cabinets at the front of the room, the cabinet and cubby by my desk, bookshelves, and the shelves under the windows. Whew...
Here's some of the junk I got rid of:
- Broken, cheap brass curtain rods.
- The curtains that went on the broken, cheap curtain rods.
- 40+ protractors...and I still kept enough for my class to use. Why would anyone need 60+ protractors?
- A box of math manipulatives from the old series.
- Stacking cups
- Student grammar guides with a copyright date from 1992.
- Student writing guides with a copyright date from 1992.
- Reading workbooks that I remember using in 5th grade. Wow, at least 3 reading series have been used since then.
- Puzzles (put them into my prize box, and had some picked already)
- Random games that I have no idea how to play, so my kids probably wouldn't have any idea how to play.
- Lots of random, really old books
- A metal cart that was kind of leaning to one side
I also cleared out my desk drawers and found I was able to fully re-stock the supply center with glue sticks, scissors, pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, dry erase markers, markers, and rulers...yep...all of that was in the 5 desk drawers I have and they weren't even THAT messy.
I threw away so much trash and filled up the recycle bin. It was a wonderfully productive day!
Next, I'm going to tackle the cabinet of 100+ reading work books. I tried to get rid of them earlier in the year, but they came back to me...along with a box of MORE. We won't have to order workbooks for at least 5 years...I seriously have that many.