Last week I started packing up my classroom because we have FINALLY.MADE.IT.TO.SUMMER!!!! I used the outline I created in my Classroom Packing Checklist to begin my packing process. Only this year is a little bit different because I am packing up a classroom to move.
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I know that classroom organization is not a strength for everyone. And maybe this year was a joke for classroom organization in your classroom. But don’t let it defeat you. Believe it or not, you can start THIS YEAR (!) having an organized classroom. By packing your classroom in an organized way, you can come back in a few months and UNPACK in an organized way and start off the a new year with a fresh room!
Whether or not you are packing up a classroom to move to another school, city, state, or just down the hall, you can still use these practices.
Packing Up a Classroom to Move
I started with my cabinets because I wanted to put off the inevitable “the classroom is empty, let’s do whatever” attitude my kids would get. You know what I’m talking about? When the anchor charts start coming off the wall and things get a little barer, the kids lose any interest in focusing.
Because I am packing up a classroom to move, I knew I needed to be very methodical about my process. This is the first time I have done this, so I am learning as I go.
The first thing I did was find some plastic bins and label them “sell,” “home,” and “give.”
Then I just started going through cabinets. I went shelf by shelf and looked at each item there. If I didn’t want to keep it, I sorted it into one of the boxes. If I did want to keep it, then I left it in the cabinet.
Another thing to keep in mind is it is SO easy to get off track. In fact, this is something I have struggled with until the last year or two. I’ll start in one cabinet and then bounce to another cabinet, then to another until it’s been 30 minutes and I’ve done nothing but create a bigger mess.
That is why I went cabinet by cabinet, shelf by shelf, until each shelf was taken care of. I added sticky notes to each shelf as I was done with it as well. I did not leave the shelf or cabinet until it was sticky-noted
Classroom Cabinet Pack Up Tour
Because I am super high tech, I created a quality video for you to watch to see what I am talking about!
Actually, in all honesty, I recorded it on instagram stories and it recorded sideways so when I tried to upload it to youtube, it was sideways. I recorded it again on my phone, handshake and all. But, I’m all about quality of content vs. quality of video equipment. HAH!
I also have made a few other videos on cabinet organization you can watch on my youtube channel.
Of course, packing up cabinets is just the start of the process of packing up a classroom to move, but if you do it methodically and organizedly (?), you will thank yourself later! Grab my free checklist on Packing Up a Classroom to help you walk through this process with ease!
If you are anything like me, as the school year starts to wind down I start thinking about NEXT year and what I want to do differently. Please tell me I am not the only one!?!
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Until next time,
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