Friday, July 6, 2012


I originally created this post as a guest blog for Valerie @ AllStudentsCanShine.  Now….I’m sharing it with you!

I’ll be back on Monday to thank all of my new friends for the many Versatile Blogger and Lovely Blog awards I’ve received over the last few days! You all really know how to make a girl feel loved! I appreciate your complimenting my little blog and want to make sure that I don’t miss anyone.

If YOU’d be interested in guest blogging, take a sec and fill out the form on my Guest Blogger tab at the top of the page.  I’d love to host, if you’d like to visit! I hope you enjoy the post! Have a great weekend!


The school year is over and it’s time to put away all of the things you’ve lovingly “needed” and used all year to help your students shine.  I thought I’d share just a few {organizational} tips that I use at this time to wrap up the year and prepare for the next all at the same time! 

Actually, I have ONE guiding tip that I use to clear my room for the end of the year:  KEEP ONLY WHAT YOU NEED!  Surprisingly, I find that I need a lot less than I think I do. We work so hard all year long to make and create quality resources for our kids.  We shop.  We buy. We organize and we clutter, lol!  The end of the year is the best time to make sure to weed out things that are outdated, out of use, or just plain ‘ole taking up valuable classroom real estate.

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Keep only the resources that you actually USE. I organize mine by use/purpose: word work, writing, sight words, poetry, printables, etc…

Admittedly, I am a bin~aholic and fixated on rainbow order so I store them that way.  Everything that I need to set up stations when I go back in August is grouped together. The silver shelves are small baker’s racks.  They fit perfectly at the ends of groups of desks without taking up a lot of physical or visual space.  I love them!

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What teacher doesn’t love books, books, and MORE books? These boxes aren’t very attractive, but they’ve managed to hold all of my personal read alouds for the past few years.  One of my goals is to label them in a more attractive way for the new year…Pinterest, here I come! I’m also planning to replace them with plastic bins.  Rather than having all books out during the year;  I change them monthly, in order to maintain student interest.

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…..and that’s all folks! Simple, clean, decluttered….a blank slate ready for the new year.  Keep only what you need.  Organize it so that’s easy to find when you return in the fall.  I hope I’ve shared a little something that might be helpful!

Thanks for spending this time with me. 


~a completely blank slate ready for a very Pinteresting makeover in the fall! There’s no place like home and going into year 2, it will be time to make it feel more like one! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hi- I am your newest follower! I love your post about organizing at the end of the year, but I could have used this post about a month ago, LOL! I will definitely keep it bookmarked and pull it out next year for sure!!

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  3. Wow you have a very large classroom! I definitely need to be more organized!!

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  4. I found you on TBTS! I am your newest follower!
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