Guest Blogger - Tanya

 It’s a Wrap!
Hi, there! I’m Mrs. Dwyer, from Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties. I am so grateful to Valerie to allowing me the chance to guest blog while she prepares for the arrival of her new bundle of joy!

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The school year is over and it’s time to put away all of the things you’ve lovingly “needed” and used all year to help your students shine. I thought I’d share just a few {organizational} tips that I use at this time to wrap up the year and prepare for the next all at the same time!
Actually, I have ONE guiding tip that I use to clear my room for the end of the year: KEEP ONLY WHAT YOU NEED! Surprisingly, I find that I need a lot less than I think I do. We work so hard all year long to make and create quality resources for our kids. We shop. We buy. We organize and we clutter, lol! The end of the year is the best time to make sure to weed out things that are outdated, out of use, or just plain ‘ole taking up valuable classroom real estate.


Keep only the resources that you actually USE. I organize mine by use/purpose: word work, writing, sight words, poetry, printables, etc…
Admittedly, I am a bin~aholic and fixated on rainbow order so I store them that way. Everything that I need to set up stations when I go back in August is grouped together. The silver shelves are small baker’s racks. They fit perfectly at the ends of groups of desks without taking up a lot of physical or visual space. I love them!

What teacher doesn’t love books, books, and MORE books? These boxes aren’t very attractive, but they’ve managed to hold all of my personal read alouds for the past few years. One of my goals is to label them in a more attractive way for the new year…Pinterest, here I come! I’m also planning to replace them with plastic bins. Rather than having all books out during the year; I change them monthly, in order to maintain student interest.

…..and that’s all folks! Simple, clean, decluttered….a blank slate ready for the new year. Keep only what you need. Organize it so that’s easy to find when you return in the fall. I hope I’ve shared a little something that might be helpful!
Thanks for spending this time with me. Best wishes to you, Valerie….and your new A+ kiddo! Please stop by and see me sometime!


Thanks so much for being a guest blogger for me, Tanya! This post was very helpful. I'll be keeping your advice in mind when it comes time to clean out my classroom in 2 weeks!
By the way, I LOVE that you store your bins in rainbow order! Hehehe! Too cute ;)


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  1. I need to declutter A LOT. I'm only a first year teacher, but it seems teachers use "first years" to get rid of their junk b/c they know we'll take anything! hahaha

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  2. Great ideas, especially the bakers racks!
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  3. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.


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