Clutterfree Classroom Project {Before Pictures–ugh!}

January 7, 2012

Clutterfree Classroom Project {Before Pictures–ugh!}

January 7, 2012
Happy Friday!! I hope your first days back went well! 🙂

Sooo…have you seen Jodi’s oh-so-fabulousl Clutterfree Classroom Project yet??

This girl’s got it all figured out…she has set up helpful posts, freebies, and a weekly linky party to help everyone declutter their classrooms! And I need to do this.

See how my mess just rises up naturally, despite my best efforts?? It’s very frustrating!

I just posted recently how I’ve spent the past year and a half decluttering–it’s been hard work but has paid off so much! If you’d like, you can see the original post and pictures here. Oh, and a classroom tour: here!

Anyhow, I mentioned that I still needed to go through some areas and that is what I’m sharing in Jodi’s linky party. I’m a little embarrassed to show my messy pictures on my blog but, hey, it’ll be the perfect incentive for me to finish my decluttering!!

So here they are (I can tell these kind of pics won’t be pinned anytime soon!!):

My closet that just keeps getting piled on. I have a plan for that though!!

The little cabinets beneath that closet. Not sure yet…

Extra plastic shelving hidden beside the closet. Not sure I need the extra pieces–thinking of giving them away to my sister or a teacher friend.

A few more shelves on top of the closet. I really don’t like how that looks!!

Ok, you can probably sense a theme. That closet is driving me nuts! I have one more closet too. This one is behind my blue supply drawers where I keep my supplies. Looks lovely when closed, but…

That large fridge on the bottom is coming out soon for the Atlantic Salmon eggs we’ll be raising…I really don’t like looking at it all year since we don’t use it ’til January. The mini-fridge (complete with map!) could be donated (sadly, we can’t have mini-fridges in our rooms anymore, has this happened to you yet?). And a few miscellaneous things I don’t really use anymore.

Wooo!! I bet this was really exciting for you to read! I’m sorry…I promise to show some REALLY exciting “After” pictures soon!! I hope you still want to read my blog after looking at all that junk.

And I really hope you’ll hop over to Jodi’s blog and join in on the decluttering!! Please don’t leave me alone with my ugly pictures!!! :/

Clutter-Free Classroom


  • Jess January 7, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I won't leave you alone! I'm about to upload all my pictures too and trust me your pictures make my room look like a bomb went off in my room! Thanks for your sweet comments! I too hate when I type a long comment and then is suddenly disappears!
    Rambling About Reading

  • Anonymous January 7, 2012 at 1:08 am

    What! Your pictures are not cluttered at all! I don't know what you're talking about! 🙂

  • Kelley Cirrito January 7, 2012 at 1:26 am

    My closet is looking pretty bad. I love to just stuff things in there that I don't have the time or place to put. I think that is my next BIG project.

  • Lisa at Stories From Second January 7, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Personally, I think your pictures look create. 🙂 You should see mine…it's a train wreck.
    Stories From Second

  • Littlest Learners January 7, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Thanks for linking up, but thanks even more for posting these pictures. You are one of those teachers that make my jaw drop with all of you color-coded loveliness, rockin' bins and extra fancy labels. It makes me feel good to see you have a little hidden clutter. Have a great weekend! ❤Jodi from…
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

  • Ginger Snaps January 7, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I really need to declutter as well! I get to the point where I can't take the mess anymore and then I just start throwing stuff away! haha

  • Erica Bohrer January 7, 2012 at 1:37 am

    You are so good about signing up for the clutter-free classroom project. I so need to, but I have been overwhelmed with doing IRI's in the hall! We are not allowed to have fridges either. I tried to say that the guinea pigs needed one for their veggies, but they did not buy it.

  • Littlest Learners January 7, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Also…you might already know about this and I'm not sure if it would really relate to your salmon eggs or not, but it might be worth checking out if it isn't too far from you:

    ❤Jodi from…
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

  • Lindsay January 7, 2012 at 2:00 am

    It's a great goal to get those last few areas cleaned up. I love how organized I've seen some of your other spaces!!

    My Life as a Fifth Grade Teacher

  • Lisa Howard January 7, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I think it already looks so good!!

    – Lisa
    a teachers bag of tricks

  • 4321teach January 7, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I understand the desire to keep things even if you aren't sure if you will use them. It's a teacher thing! We were originally told we couldn't have fridges, microwaves, and printers, but the teacher's union fought it and all we lost were the printers. The salmon eggs sound like great fun!


  • Jamie January 7, 2012 at 3:40 am

    OK, I have SEEN your classroom tour post in the past and I specifically remember being so impressed with your classroom, so if this is the worst…no problem! 🙂 Come visit my blog to check out my room!

    Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

  • Ms.M January 7, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Ok, you have put me to shame. I am so embarrassed now. I think the only thing in your room that even remotely looks like it could use some help is 1 closet.

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

  • Erika January 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Why no mini-fridges? I have mine stocked with water and couldn't live without it. It's nice to know you aren't perfect too.

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  • Kate January 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I totally need to sign up too! I actually took pictures yesterday, but left my camera at school so I will be posting late. I was so organized at the beginning of the year….and now? My room is a mess of papers!

  • Kristin January 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    This is not bad. At all. I think you're being too hard on yourself!!! 🙂
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  • Lisa Lizak and Beth Wright January 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I think your room looks great! Mine is kinda a train wreck, I'll be taking my pics on Monday for the challenge 🙂 Wait until you see my closet, I don't know if I'll ever see the floor again in there…hehe 🙂

    Lisa 🙂 (new follower, long time blog-stalker 🙂

  • bnwalton January 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Okay, your room does not even remotely look cluttered to me. I would love it if mine looked like this!

    We also are not supposed to have refrigerators in our room (unless you teach little ones or Montessori). I don't think it would be too strictly enforced. I contemplated getting one earlier in the year because someone kept stealing my Coke Zeros out of the fridge in the workroom (even taking it out of my coozie and leaving the empty coozie!).

    Seriously, your room looks wonderful…mine is much worse!

    Living a Wonderful Life

  • JJ January 8, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I love your blog. I have been a follower for a while. Everything you do is crisp, clean, and perfect. Thank you for sharing everything you do! I have more issues with organization than you. I love your ideas, tutorials, and pictures. They are very helpful. I also want to say I think that you enrich the lives of teachers and your students. Thank you!


  • Jill January 8, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Your clutter isn't too cluttery so that's good!!! Your room is so nice, love it! 🙂

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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