Organization New Year's Resolutions

I have to say, I am pretty organized in my classroom.  (Expect a HUGE organizational packet this summer!) It is my home that is bad!  I think it is because I live alone and no one really sees it.  Or it is just always the last thing on my "To Do List."

This year to make myself more organized, I changed my home office into just a home office.  No more home office/guest room with an itty bitty corner desk.  I went and splurged on the Ballard Designs Original Home Office.  It has so many drawers and shelves and I have a huge work area.  Have I done anything with those draws and shelves?...not so much.

Here is a photo and I purposely hid the area to the left of the computer which is just a pile of papers and books.
My goal is to put things in those drawers and those lovely gray wood crates I purchased at Marshall's.  Can I just digress for a second?  I LOVE Marshall's, Home Goods, and TJ Maxx.  Those places are like going on a treasure hunt and coming back with this awesome find.  Even the little gray Cynthia Rowley wood box frame is from there.  Unfortunately, the picture in the frame is the one that came with it.  Don't you love how I have Fifty Shades of Grey mixed in with Nonfiction Mentor Texts? - classy :).   The pretty Mixed Bag Designs bag is holding more books that I have to put on the shelf.  I am also on the hunt for a spin-organizer that matches the white wood.   To the right is a a cute print that needs to go in a frame along with some scrapbook paper that needs to be put away.  I have two humongous  printers.  The one hiding under the desk is an economy Epson color printer.  The one above the desk is a Brother b&w printer/scanner/copier.  

Here are some bad iphone photos of my old desk.  The desk now resides with my friend Diana.  The deal was she could have the desk if she got it out of my house.  Her husband and brother came and amazingly got that thing down the stairs and out the door in one piece. 



On to how I am organized!  Just click on the photos to check out the packets the labels come from.  Yes, I am a label queen!  You have to emerse those students in environmental print!  Plus, it makes my classroom perfect for Read/Write the Room.



 
















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30 comments:

  1. Oh my Erica! I adore how organized you are. Everything looks amazing. Can't wait to see your huge organization pack in the summer.
    Dynelle

    First Grade Fun with Mrs. Dunn

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  2. Like you, I feel it is much easier to organize a classroom than my home workspace. That's one of my goal this year too. Happy New Year and good luck organizing the home office.

    Learning with Mrs. Parker

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  3. I thought I was organized, but you put me to shame! Love your classroom! Especially the "I love big books" sign!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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    1. Thank you! I forgot to add the link to Rachel Lamb's blog for the sign. I added it now. Here it is also: http://mrslambsclass.blogspot.com/2011/07/pay-day-little-target-shopping-and.html

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  4. Why is it I love everything you do? Probably because it is awesome!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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    1. Awe, thanks for being an awesome commenter, Jennifer! I don't know how you keep up!

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  5. Can you please fly to Oregon and organize my classroom like that? Oh. my. word! Your classroom looks amazing!
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  6. Your classroom is AMAZING! I am just so impressed with how organized everything is and how beautiful your room is. Nice work!!

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  7. From one organizer to another, I have just one word for you: AMAZING!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized
    amyhowbert1@gmail.com

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  8. Your classroom looks AMAZING! My home is a mess too. I think it's because I put all my energy into my classroom. I'm actually taking a sick day in February when I know my husband is out of town so I can reorganize the closet and place piles all over the house! It gets so unorganized so quickly!

    Jennifer
    Rowdy in First Grade

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    1. I need to get books on tape to listen to while I organize or clean. I cannot just clean! I need to multi-task somehow. Good luck with your February project.

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  9. Hi Erica!
    I love reading your blog! I just wanted to let you know I saw an adorable spin-organizer today at Pottery Barn that would look great with your white wood :)

    Kathleen

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  10. Wow, you are crazy organized! I love your cute labels. Your classroom looks great!

    Becky
    Compassionate Teacher
    http://compassionate-teacher.blogspot.com/

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  11. Hi Erica, I am looking to buy labels for my arts/crafts closet at school. (clothespins, pom poms, glue sticks, hot glue gun, etc...) I was just curious if that is something you were going to include in your big organizational pack for this summer? I love your style and I will wait to buy if it is something you are planning to do. As always... your classroom looks fabulous.
    Ashley

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    1. Thanks Ashley. Those type of labels are actually in my classroom decor packets. I have a bright polka dot one and a primary one out.

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  12. I spotted some vinyl ideas to use with my new Cameo! Also, love your book nook area! ;)

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  13. Erica, I am just so excited to be your newest follower! You truly inspire me :) your classroom is adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! Cannot wait to check out your TPT store also!

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  14. i'm also your newest follower. Love your organizational style. Your room looks so cute.

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  15. I love how organized you are. I always say I am going to get everything organized, but stop about half way through. My goal is break is work on that, but I know I won't truly be able to get everything the way I want it until this summer.

    Headed to check out your packets on TPT to see what I can get to help me! :)

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

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  16. I love looking at organized classrooms! Thanks for posting! I hope you set aside time to focus on your office at home- I would love to see a before and after picture. :)

    Best Wishes,

    Miss. Whimsy

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