Cleanest Room in Years!

Hi Everyone,

I hope your spring is beautiful and warm wherever you are.  I'm in Victoria, Canada. It's bright and sunny here but still pretty chilly!

This is a real quick post today to fill you in on how I'm managing the tools of the trade.

Both ideas came from Ceilidh, one of many wonderful colleagues. 

Brilliant Idea #1

These clear trays from Ikea are absolutely perfect for holding the kids' supplies. The compartments are just the right size for glue, crayons, pencils, erasers and felt pens.

I have the desks in three pods of eight, so each pod gets two tubs of supplies. It works really well and there's no more "I can't find my red crayon" or "My pencil needs sharpening." There are always extra pencils and I make sure that the supplies are more or less evenly distributed amongst the tubs each morning.

There's no room for the scissors, which in my mind is a good thing. Ever have those kids who start cutting their hair or clothes?

No more! We keep our scissors in a separate box. They have easy access but they only use them when needed. No more fiddling with scissors in their desks.

I don't remember the exact price, but I do remember they were very affordable. I'm thinking I paid about $30 (Canadian) for 8 tubs (I got extra).  I definitely recommend these Ikea tubs.

Brilliant Idea #2

You know how their desks just fill up with garbage? Okay, not everyone, but they do tend to get very messy. By the end of a week or two you have old Kleenex, apple cores, crayon shavings, all sorts of yuck.

I no longer have that problem. We simply turned our desks around and butted the open ends together. The children no longer have access to the inside of their desks.

I wasn't sure how well this would work, but it's been amazing. No more squabbles about lost or misplaced supplies and I've had the cleanest room in years.

Hope this helps someone.


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  1. I love organization. Your room looks fabulous! Turning the desks around is a great idea!
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    1. Thanks, Lori. I'll definitely be doing it again next year.

  2. Hmmm, have you been in my room this week? Ha! because I was thinking turning the desks around would keep my little friends from playing with stuff in there while I'm trying to teach. Thanks for sharing! Sara

    1. You need to do it! I guarantee you'll love it, Sara.

  3. I love a clean room. I think we're all a bit more efficient because of it. :)

    1. I completely agree. I can't think in a mess.

  4. A clean room is like a fresh breeze. LOVE it!! Have a great week!


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