You know that old saying, right? “A place for everything, and everything in its place?”
I kept hearing that as I worked in my room yesterday. Boy, oh boy. It was a disaster! I knew something had to be done. It wasn’t even a work day, but I went in with one goal in mind.
This is the counter behind my reading table.
A lot of times it ends up being the put-it-here-because-I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-it counter/bookshelf. Everything in a red pouch is for math intervention and I also had these piles over there:
What is in those piles, you ask? WHO KNOWS. That is why they had to go. Somewhere. Anywhere. Maybe even ~gasp~ the
trash circular file that sits on the floor next to my reading table.
This was on that counter too, you know.
Except for the unpainted salt dough map. That wasn’t on my counter. BUT THE REST WAS.
As you can imagine, every day I would look at that giant mess and think terrible, terrible thoughts about a giant sweeping arm motion and a LARGE trash can. But, luckily, winter break rolled around, and I started to get my wits about me again.
So, I buckled down. I mean no Facebook, no Pinterest, no email, no TpT, no blog-stalking.
If it was trash, away it went. If it belonged in a binder or folder, by golly it went in the right one. If it needed a bucket for organization, I grabbed an old one and re-purposed it.
No pile was left unturned. And this is what happened:
Clean counter part 1. No messy piles. No unwanted papers or books or JUNK. Reading group materials organized.
Clean counter part 2. Math intervention organized. Old papers tossed. Stuffed animals still looking on.
People, I felt GOOD. I felt so good I even tackled a bookshelf in some serious need. Did I take a picture? NO. But I promise you, the bookshelf looks great too and I feel like I could actually find something on it!
Just for fun, I took a picture of this little gem too. Because I still love it. Every day I love it.
|One little bit of organization in an otherwise chaotic world!|
Now, the key will be to KEEP it this way. On that note…
The Clutter-Free Classroom is starting the Clutter-Free Classroom Project for 2013. This sounds like the perfect way to get organized a bit at a time and have help from everyone else who’s trying to get organized too! Head over to Clutter-Free Classroom to check out the details and how to participate.