I'm sort of speeding through the Clutter-Free Challenge, since I'm 10 weeks behind. Week 2's challenge was to make a plan to declutter the classroom. I inherited my classroom in September (2 weeks after school had started) from a teacher who was moving. She took a lot of her stuff with her, but left quite a bit, too. I didn't have a chance to go through cabinets and things until Christmas, and I didn't have a whole lot of time to go through it then. So, there are still filing cabinets I haven't touched and cabinets I've only opened once or twice.
Here are my purging rules:
1. If I don't know what it is, throw it away/get rid of it/recycle it.
2. If it is broken, throw it away.
3. If there are a bazillion extra copies, recycle them! I really only need 1 original copy.
I'll be using these purging rules to attack these areas of my classroom:
1. The filing cabinets
2. The cabinets
3. The closets
4. The bookshelves
5. My desk drawers
As I've said before, I hate clutter. It makes me nervous. I'm just a first year teacher, so I need to start out right! If I can keep the clutter down this year, I'll be already ahead for next year!