Friday, January 6, 2012

Clutter-Free Classroom Project Linky Party

I am linking up with Clutter-Free Classroom to participate in a Linky Party all about being clutter-free and organized in your classroom!  As part of the Week 1 Challenge, I took pictures of my classroom to serve as my "before" pictures.  Please excuse the mess and keep in mind that these pictures were taken the night before the first day back from Christmas break.  I think my room is still recovering from that last week before break :)

 I like the picture above of my classroom library.  I like the look of my baskets, but I have made label after label after label after label {you get my point} and am never satisfied with my labels for my baskets.  We use Accelerated Reader at my school so my books are all organized by AR level.  To appease myself, this summer I simply made very small labels to go at the very bottom of my book baskets.  They are doing the job, but are not the cutest.  This is on my to-do list: to find or create labels for my book basket bins.

This is where I keep my work stations.  Math work stations are in the 10 drawers to the left which always {and I mean always} come off the track and get shoved in anyway.  Does anyone else have this problem with these drawers?  The clear bins to the right house my literacy work stations.  While I do love the clear bins and the black bookshelf, obviously the bins do not fit in the bookshelf.  They are too long.  This really really irks me.  Is irks a word and did I spell it correctly?  Hmm..

This is my reading focus wall.  I put my own spin on this focus wall I found on Life in First Grade.  I love, love, love the pink and green.  The cute little beach chairs are a favorite among my students during AR reading time.  You can also get a glimpse of my mini teacher's toolbox on my black shelf.  This was inspired by this one and this one.  I like how it ties in with my pink and lime green theme :)

This is my teacher area.  Notice how I don't have a teacher's desk in the middle of my room or even facing my students?  I saw this idea on many, many blogs this summer - Get Rid of the Teacher Desk!  Well, I didn't get rid of it completely, but I did shove it up against a wall.  I mean, who has time to sit down at their desk during the day with 20+ kids in the room anyway?!  More room for the kids!!  I love this area for me and the extra room for the kids in front of the ActivBoard. Ignore the Target bag.  Every time I go to work in my room on a non-school day I think I walk in with Target Dollar Section Goodies.  Anybody with me? 

The view from the door to the left.  Ignore that big ugly chair as it's fixing to go to storage too! 

The view from the door to the right.  Do you guys go through as much hand sanitizer as I do?  Notice the economy-size bottle on the small group table. 

The view from the front to the back. 

The view from the other side of the room to my door.  Again, that ugly chair has GOT to go!  I love the Mac computers in our school.  Don't they look just awesome {insert Mac geek comments here}. 

Ahhh, this makes me smile.  I love, love, love my crate seats.  Inspired by Pinterest, created by my husband.  An afternoon project this summer that was so much fun.  My kiddos love sitting at them during small group time.  See the original post about these here.

This is the book shelf by my desk that houses all of my teacher materials and my favorite thing in the world - my BINDERS!  Notice how everything has a label...typed.  My materials are also grouped by content area and grade level as I have materials that span from 1st to 4th.

So that's my "before" pictures.  It's not quite as bad as I had expected, but I always seem to want to change it up a bit and re-organize.  What do you think?

To see other bloggers "before" pictures follow the button below to join the Linky Party.

Clutter-Free Classroom


Jen R. (The Teachers' Cauldron) said...

just found your blog! yay for another 2nd grade blog :)
I so wanted to do this project, but I won't be back to work until mid feb, so i couldn't...hope to "see" more of you!
The Teachers’ Cauldron

Lisa at Stories From Second said...

I just stumbled across your blog, and your room is so cute. I adore all the pink and green. :) I teach second grade too. I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime.
Stories From Second

Jess said...

So you look pretty organized to me. I really like your room! I have the same issue with my teacher desk! Ahh! I don't know what to do with it!
Rambling About Reading

Ms.M said...

Your room looks great. As for the clear boxes that don't fit in the shelves, how about turning them?

Ms. M
Ms.M's Blog
A Teacher's Plan

Jamie said...

Thank you all so much! Ms. M, I tried that but then they are too wide. Basically, I'm going to have to do the dreaded switcheroo of classroom bookshelves which is never fun! :)

Ms.M said...

I thought so. What if you just stacked them on a table? If not then yeah, I guess moving around the shelves, but that sucks.

Ms. M
Ms.M's Blog
A Teacher's Plan

Miss~Jenn said...

Hi! Just found your blog for the first time. Your classroom looks really organized already. I teach 2nd grade too and love it. I had the colored drawer/storage cart and the drawers were ALWAYS coming off the tracks! Drove me crazy!

Nicole said...

I soooo feel you about those rainbow drawers (that's what I call them). Mine are always coming off the tracks and some have broken. I wonder if you can just buy replacement drawers anywhere???
Teaching With Style!

Erika said...

That is the worst you got? Just kidding, but seriously, it looks great. I'm a new follower.

2B Honey Bunch
The Best Endings

Lisa M said...

Love the colors and typed labels for your binders! Seriously, you're classroom looks amazing!

swf said...

I love the colors in your room, and especially the bins for your classroom library. I'm trying to figure out a better system for my library and might try bins.


Michele Moss said...

Your room looks great! I love the dark and light blue baskets in your classroom library they look really good!

Kristy said...

I have the same drawers for math workstations and the same bins for literacy centers. We do have issues with the drawers being pushed in too far but I have a couple girls that go behind everyone and fixes them. The bins are great but hard to store where they fit nicely...I'm looking for a solution to that too. I really like your book bins, they look awesome!

Amy said...

love all of your new ideas! I'm a folower :) and thanks for the award!!!

bnwalton said...

So, I found you from your comment on Ladybugs "Before" pictures and was expecting to see lots of clutter...your room looks great to me! Seriously, looks fabulous. My room is much more cluttered, but I'm glad you're participating. I'm a new follower!

Living a Wonderful Life

Jill said...

Your library is BEAUTIFUL!!! I want to hug it! Also, I wanted to buy one of those rainbow drawer things so I am happy I read your post! It's good to know what I'd be getting myself into. :)

Marvelous Multiagers!

Elizabeth said...

Great pictures! Found you through "The Project" and I'm your newest follower. I'll be linking up tomorrow. Wish me luck!


Fun in Room 4B

Jamie said...

You guys are so sweet! Thank you for all your kind words!

Cathy said...

This may be a stupid question, but can you give instruction on how you make labels for your binders? Thanks!

Noel said...

Your room already looks awesome! I love how organized and colorful it is. I fail to see the clutter, lol. Can't wait to see what you do!

Noel at

Beth Ann said...

I thought these were the "after" pictures. Your room looks great!
Beth Ann
Taming My Flock of Firsties

jenn said...

Just found your blog and clutterfree project! I just purged and got rid of 2 trash bags full of junk!

Ida said...

Where did you get the literacy work station clear bins?? I've been trying to find some like that to change from my files in a filling cabinet to put each theme into those.... Let me know please, Thanks! :) Love your classroom!

Anonymous said...

Your library is so pretty!! Where did you get your classroom library bins?

Jamie (2nd Grade Stuff) said...

@Anonymous, thanks! The classroom library bins came from the Dollar Tree for only $1 :)


{pam} said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your focus wall. What are the white thingies you used to hang your mini posters and words with? I am desperately trying to figure out an easy way to do this as I have to pack up my room every 3 months and move to a new classroom.


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