Today the kids had a half day of school; in the afternoon, we had a records day to get report cards and IEP goal reports completed. Well, I brought home report cards and goal reports to do this weekend, because my classroom staff and I used the afternoon to purge our storage closet, instead!
In my "before" post, I mentioned that I inherited my classroom from a retiring teacher who'd left 30+ years of teaching stuff in the storage closet. After that, and after eight years of my teaching in that same room, I could barely walk into said storage closet, let alone find anything in it (evidence photos in the "before" post). And this is what it looked like when I left school today:
"But, what if we get rid of something you want to keep?" they asked.
"GET RID OF IT ALL!" I responded, complete with flailing arms and crazy-person eyes (I can only assume. I was in the zone.).
Our biggest rule of the day was, if we haven't used it in the classroom this year or last, IT'S GONE. No matter how potentially-awesome.
It worked. I'm so, so pleased with our newly-purged storage closet. Of course, it still needs to be organized (the photo above, with its boxes and bins all lined up, gives the impression of organization, but that'd be a lie). But it's purged! I'm so stoked.
I forgot to take photos until the very end of the day, so the custodians had already hauled out some of our garbage bags, but here's some purging evidence:
And here's our "free table" we set outside of our classroom - again, taken at the end of the day, so it'd been very picked over by other classrooms already. What's left at the end of the day on Monday I'll bring to Goodwill:
...I haven't yet told my classroom staff I want to do the rest of the room next...Oh boy.
Have you started purging? Head on over to the Clutter-Free Classroom Project to link up!