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Do you know an art teacher who has a room that appears to be a total mess but somehow she always knows where everything is? Ahhh… so fascinating! Because teaching art involves so much physical ‘stuff’ there is a lot to keep track of. Truth be told, we all have our own organization style. One isn’t better or worse than another, but knowing our downfalls can help us improve.
You have little mini-piles everywhere and you might be considered a stacker. For the most part, you know what is in your piles, but admit things have gotten lost on occasion.
Make sure flat space doesn’t equal a dumping ground. If an item doesn’t have a home or can’t be filed away, should it be tossed? Create a physical “Inbox” and clean it out weekly so piles don’t build up.
If you can’t see the mess, it must not exist. You pile things behind closed doors to survive and keep your sanity. Although clean on the outside, a storm is brewing inside (pssst…this is me!).
Be intentional about putting things back in their homes right away. Rushing around and shoving things won’t help you save time later, so put in the time up front.
Not only does everything appear to be organized, it actually is. You’ve spent a LOT of your own time and money in your classroom and it shows. Your name might be Alecia Eggers!
Instead of focusing on your next organizational project, take a step back.
Old fabric, burlap, popsicle sticks and beads from 1970 – you’ve stashed it all for that PERFECT project that you may do someday! Everyone can count on you to have what they need, that is if you can find it!
If stashing ‘stuff’ is hindering your ability to be an effective teacher, it’s time to clear out. If you haven’t used it in a few years, perhaps you never will. Consider donating to someone who can.
Don’t beat yourself up if you have a hidden stash of trash or 64 boxes of dried out markers cluttering up your closet. Take a step back and make a few small tweaks to start on the path to a more efficient art room.
Which type of organizer are you?
What advice would you add?