So, this year when school ended, I decided to clean out my classroom. Everything that was mine was coming home. It took three trips. What have I done?
To begin with, I already have shelves and shelves of teacher resources stored in my basement. It is a finished basement with three separate rooms. Last summer I organized and put everything in plastic containers. I did an OK job – not my usual standard of organizational mania. I was told to get everything out of cardboard and off the floor, since we have had flooding issues. (We now have three sump pumps, with a battery backup – don’t ask!)
Over the course of three days, I brought home mountains and mountains of teaching treasures. It took 20 canvas tote bags, numerous crates and boxes and a plethora of baskets and containers. I did more cardio than I ever thought I could running up and down the steps.
Of course, the first step was Target! More containers! (I think I missed my calling and should work in a container store.) I have sorted some of the piles and now, I categorize and classify. Then, I will call a self-help group for my pen addiction. Can a person ever have too many colored pens?
As a teacher who has taught every grade, I have enough resources to fill a warehouse. I couldn’t possibly choose which to remove from the collection. What if I needed it one day? The irony of this is that I am known as a person who does not have any clutter in my house or in my classroom. I am compulsively organized. This is my big dark secret. Shhh…I have too much teaching stuff.
I’m off to organize. If you don’t hear from me, I may be lost under a mountain of bulletin board trim.