But I knew it had to be done. I mean, I am the worst kind of teacher-hoarder and all kinds of interesting items were lurking in those wooden drawers!
So, out went the desk and instead I used this cool piece of furniture…kind of like a big hutch with a desktop that pulled out. Oooo…I actually have an old picture of it (and it was not always that neat, believe me!):
But…I’ve been doing a HUGE decluttering of my room this year (actually it’s taken about two years!) and that hutch thing was starting to get on my nerves. It was so bulky and tall…and everything else is pretty low and uniform in the room, furniture-wise.
So it was goodbye hutchy!
What do I have now?
A round table to take groups (or pile my junk, which I am still working on curbing!!!). For my supplies, I have plastic drawers (I think you may have seen some of these on here before, but I’m not sure).
I made sure I bought clear ones, so I couldn’t hoard stuff so easily (no hidden messes!). And I made double-sure they were all labeled, to keep everything neat. And this has worked so well for me!! I’ve been very good about putting my materials away in the right place! (and all this time I was thinking my students were the only ones who needed labels…)
So I made all of my supply labels with a little apple icon, to show they belong to the teacher. The kids are very good about not opening these unless asked. We joke about how 99.8% of the room is theirs to begin with!!
I hope this is of some kind of help if you are thinking about removing a teacher desk. I have never regretted it and I feel like I have been able to fine-tune my organization more each year without it!
Do you have a desk (I’m sure you’re much more organized with it than I ever was!!)? If you don’t, how do you store your materials? I’m always looking for new inspiration. Thanks for reading! 🙂