One of my pet peeves in the classroom is a cluttered desk. If you're a teacher, you know it doesn't take long for a desk to get that way. Just a day or two of papers piling up can become a nightmare. So the other day, as I was on the hunt for a new organizational solution, I had an idea. My desk gets cluttered mainly because of extra copies or worksheets I never get to. Usually, I file these things in the filing cabinet under their appropriate heading but sometimes it takes a while until I have a minute to put everything away.
So, I made a folder for each of the grade levels I work with and the two main subjects I see them for, Language Arts and Math. I color coded them and everything!
Then, I simply stuck them to the wall behind my desk with some Elmer's Tac N' Stik and BAM! I have folders to organize all my worksheets until I have a minute to file them. Such a simple solution! It took me less than 20 minutes to assemble and I used oaktag to make these make-shift folders rather than use my good ones or spend money on new ones.
Here's a shot of my desk before and after:
Just thought I would share this epiphany incase anyone is looking for a desk de-cluttering solution! Happy Organizing!