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Thursday, February 21, 2013

OK, back it up a bit...Clutter-Free #5

Wow, each week seems to be getting tougher for me to get this together.  I am mostly organized, with a side of messy.  I call that "being human."  Well, when I saw the teacher desk prompt for week 5...I had a small panic attack.  I barely ever have a clean desk.  That's one area that I "dump" stuff in a sort of organized way.  So here was the prompt:
  • Write about what you like about it.
I suppose I like that it is out of the way.  I like that my things are not out by the kid's things.  I only sit at my desk when I have to email with parents or type up newsletters/hw packet it is good that it is in a corner.

  • How you would like to change it?
I need to find a way to make space.  I have so much on/around the desk there is no place to write or spread out a little.  Everything is always piled high on my shelf and desk.

  • What changes did you make to it as part of the Clutter-Free PROJECT Challenge.
Changes that I made are- cleaning up the files and papers and reorganizing the area to work more effectively.  I wanted to set things up in a way that- even if I am behind on filing/sorting it won't show on my desk area...tehe.  It is sad, but I know I will need this!

  • What tips can you share to help others have a clear work-surface?
Phew, that's a hard one.  Other than stop giving work to kids that you have to grade...I am not sure I am the best to give advice on that one!  This one was a very tricky task for me!  I always have papers and piles on my desk.

Here are the before and after pics:

AFTER- Organized papers, extra "stuff" on file cabinet taken off




I added this to the desk area to help organize
my papers.
AFTER- Items under desk organized, drawers cleaned out,
desk top reworked for more writing space.


AFTER- cleaned up a bit

I hope you enjoy seeing the changes.  


  1. I have loved reading your clutter-free journey. I am being inspired to clutter-free a bit now.

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

    1. Thank you. I love that your school has animals!!! How cool.


  2. I am so excited to be a new follower! Thanks for sharing your fabulous clutter-free ideas! Love it :)