how much stuff do you have at your house?

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  1. MsTeckel

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    how much teacher stuff do you have at your house?

    So I live in a two bedroom house and I have my spare room filled with all my teacher/educational stuff.

    How is it for you? I really don't like taking my personal stuff to my classroom (my classroom is really really tiny, barley fits 6 desk and a couple cabinets) as there is no room and I'm afraid of it getting destroyed.

    I say I use bout 15 percent of the stuff I have in my house. Im really afraid of throwing things out/selling them/giving them away as what if I need them again?

    Im good at that, getting rid of things then thinking I need them again.

    Do you have a lot of school stuff at your house? Do you have a room dedicated?

    Id love to have a guest room, but theres just no room in that room.
     
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    I have way too much stuff at home. It isn't fair to the rest of the family that I let my junk take over the storage areas.

    I have slowly come to accept that it needs to be stored at school. I have a huge room with tons of storage.

    I know that people will help themselves to my supplies but I just do what I can to make sure everyone knows what is MINE versus OURS (my room also stores common supplies). I refuse to put much more $$$ into supplies anymore but I also refuse to let junk overwhelm me at home. So this summer I'm just bringing home one container of stuff and leaving the rest at school. If I get fired over the summer I'll just have to drive over there and pick it all up ;)
     
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    I have about a box of my school materials at home. In a few weeks I'll bring a bit more home to start working on things over the summer but it will all go back to school in the fall.
     
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    a box?! wow i wish i had only a box...

    Id like to get stuff down to be able to fit a twin size bed in my spare room
     
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    Besides an extra teacher copy of a textbook, I literally have no school supplies at home. I keep everything very organized at school.
     
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    My husband will pack everything into his car and drive it to school if I bring too much home. He lets me keep one box in my closet otherwise it goes to school. He even packs up my books that I buy for my students and puts them in my car for me.
     
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    wow

    I take it you guys are general education teachers?

    I wondering if there is a difference in the amount of stuff general education teachers have and what special education teachers have.

    We don't have a curriculum at all (we just have our state standards), so its me making my own stuff, coming up with my own materials

    I think thats where a lot of my stuff is coming from. I walk in that room and i just see crap..but i can't get rid of it..
     
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    This is true for me, too! All of my stuff stays in my classroom over the summer. I keep a textbook at home just in case (but I can't remember the last time I used it).
     
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    Oh, I create nearly all of my material...and I have A LOT of resources, supplies, and so forth. But I utilize verticle storage and that helps a lot.

    :)
     
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    I do think there's probably a difference between elementary teachers and the upper grades.

    I have tons of boxes of workstations, books, etc. that I can't store at school. We moved to a new building this year and were only allowed to take so much over-if I didn't take it home it would have just been discarded. So my garage is pretty full of school stuff.
     
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    In the past I've kept everything at school. Right now, however, I have a ton of stuff at home. Several large plastic totes, a bunch of smaller totes, and a few of those plastic drawer thingies on wheels. Our den is packed full. Some of the stuff is even in the dining room because the den is so full.

    I will be moving to a different classroom next year, so I had to pack up my stuff. I packed up probably 15 or 16 large plastic totes with stuff--mostly books and consumables. I was able to leave most of those totes at school, but I brought a few home because they contained items that I'd miss if I lost.

    I'm a little frustrated because they aren't quite sure where they're going to move me to. I know that it will be one of the portables, but no one seems to have any idea which one. It was originally going to be a certain portable, but that room is "a mess" because the teacher in it this past year didn't have good classroom management. I guess it's filthy, full of tagging, etc. So they'll probably put me in a different room, one that can be cleaned up before next year. I just wish I knew which one so that I can go ahead and bring this stuff to school and get it out of my house.

    Lots of what I have are consumables that I've purchased over the years at penny sales. I've always had the room to store the stuff, so why not? Knowing that most of my students are low SES and my district is facing serious budget issues, I have never thought twice about dropping twenty bucks on pencils, highlighters, pens, erasers, glue, etc. The problem now is that I have SO MUCH of that stuff and nowhere to put it in my much smaller classroom. One of my goals for next year is to unload most of that stuff on students. I'll probably just give every student 5 or 6 pencils, 3 or 4 pens, some erasers, and a couple of highlighters at the beginning of the year.
     
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    I'll add that since I'm a foreign language teacher, I'm also an art teacher. I have all sorts of art supplies for things like mosaics, Roman coin-making (copper tooling), plus tons of general supplies like construction paper and crayons. I have always enjoyed doing those sorts of projects, but I don't see how I'm going to be able to do them next year since I don't have anywhere to store those supplies.
     
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    I should add that each grade has its own storage room...awesome!!!
     
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    As far as inside my house, I just have my extra tote bags and extra copies of my teacher books.

    In the garage, I have maybe 10 large clear plastic totes. It's mainly stuff like extra empty binders, letter trays, etc. Some years I do things a little differently, so I'll need different items. My aquarium was up there last year since I didn't have room for it in my room with 10 more kids than usual. I still have a few items from my high school teaching days. I have used some of those activities with my advanced middle school classes.

    It's not in the way in the garage, so it's fine there. My vehicle is too large to park in my garage. It's also way in the back of the yard, not attached to the house. Nobody ever really sees it, so my secret stash is safe.
     
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    This is the same for me. I make a lot of my own materials. I have a large desk in my home "office" and whatever I can fit in the draws of the desk (I make sure I keep one drawer for personal stuff) or on one bookshelf is what I have in the way of school stuff. Everything else either stays in my school bag or at school. I used to have a lot more stuff hanging around but it helps that I teach in a year round school so i never really have to pack up my classroom and bring tons of stuff home.
     
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    Since I'm moving to music next year, I had to bring all of my stuff home. I literally have about 30 boxes at home. We just started moving into a new house this week and luckily there are 3 different storage closets. I have all of my boxes in one of them. But then I have a rolling cart full of supplies that I keep out, a rolling cart full of music curriculum, and several instruments in the guest room.
     
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    During the school year - one shelf in my office closet. And my briefcase. Plus whatever papers I'm grading at the time. I'll work at home, but I don't want my home to be an extension of my classroom.

    During the summer - this is the first summer I didn't have to lug everything home. Normally, I'd have 20-30 boxes of my personal stuff. This year I have 4 plastic file bins.
     
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    I just moved and I had more boxes for my spare room than i did any other room in my house...It was pretty bad...trying to downsize.

    I know trying to teach early childhood special education in a couple years is gonna get me caught in more stuff...but hopefully I'll have more room in a room to store things and i won't have to take much home with me.
     
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    Since I don't have a classroom and there's either no or limited storage space at the school, the upper rafters of my outside garage and a section of my attic are loaded with my materials.

    :|
     
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    I have far too much stuff; I did a big purge last summer and need to do another this year. I used to be able to have most of my stuff at school, but I'm sharing an office this year, so had to clear half of the limited storage space for my office-mate. Next year, there may be a third person in the office (need to clear more space) and I'll be sharing a classroom. I need to figure out how to become one of those minimalists and get rid of a lot.
     
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    I am fortunate to have a very large space at work to leave everything there. Can you do stacking bins on one side of the garage? Look at Menards Building store and see what they have for storage (we put up a shed for around 400.00,) though not for anything related to "school!" Look at plastic storage bins and even smaller outside storage.
     
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    I specialized in early childhood education..... and I teach 5th. Needless to say, I have a ton of stuff I don't use, but I keep because I want to move down (my P just won't let me though!)
     
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    I have too much "stuff". Yes, I'm a pack-rat. My basement is a mess. I've taught Kindergarten & 3rd grade & day care/preschool. Not in that order. Currently teaching kindergarten. I have things from when I taught 3rd grade stored in a closet in the basement, but not everything made it in there. Hubby was in a rush so not everything got packed up & put in there. It's a very narrow closet & to get to the back you have to take the stuff out in front. We have a spare bed in there also.

    I've also got resource books from when I did preschool. I've tried to sell them, but it hasn't worked. I also have kindergarten stuff that I'm not using. At my current school we're not allowed to do certain things i.e. Halloween so I have that stuff in my basement.

    I'm hoping to put more stuff in my basement. . . I really want to work as a Reading Specialist, so a lot of things in my classroom will come home.
     
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilyfinan/6266904018/in/photostream

    I don't have my own classroom yet and my parents have "let" me take over the basement. Since that photo was taken, my materials have exploded. I spent all of yesterday trying to reorganize and got no where!

    I started accumulating materials in 2008 when I began my degree, and my theory was to get a little at a time. It's been helpful to my budget but I can't wait to finally move into a classroom. (Of course, I have things for all grade levels so I'll always have to store things depending on where I get hired.)

    I should also mention that the basement is filled with all of my personal artwork, and the family room is filled with my art materials and studio space! Good thing I'm organized.
     
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    Oh, God it's everywhere. I've had 3 years to accumulate stuff and a big project for me this summer is to purge what I don't need. I started ordering book lots from Ebay and (sort of) leveling as I went along....well only half my library made it to school and the other half is sitting in my living room. I just got sooo busy! I also have several plastic totes with supplies.

    I'm throwing out as much as I can. :sorry:
     
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    My boyfriend is adamant about not keeping teacher stuff in the house, so except for a desk which is cluttered with PVC pipe turbines, van de graaf generators, a large framed photo of Einstein sticking his tongue out and a few other things, I don't really keep anything at home.

    My car however is another story. I have boxes of stuff in there.
     
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    I keep a copy of the teacher's edition of some texts, some colored paper, markers, a few file folders and that's it. I feel my home is my home not my classroom. I've been this way for the past 30 years and it's worked just fine for me.
     
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    When I got pink slipped I took home most of my stuff. Mostly books and notebooks with plans of lesson units. Have already given away a couple boxes of books and plan to keep going through it all. Not worth the space it takes up. Left what I think the next teacher can use and was told can come get it if I need but really would like to learn to live with LESS.
     
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    I am a purger, and I go through my school stuff once a year to downsize. If I haven't used it in the last 3 years, I know I won't.
    This year, I have almost all of my things at home. We are moving to a new building, and we had to clean out our entire room. On average, I have a box or two at home of "school stuff".
     
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    It's really bad... I have an office at home that is completely unusable because of all my teacher stuff in it.

    I have been teaching for five years, and still haven't landed in a permanent position, so I've taught grades 1,2,3, and 4 as well as behaviour intervention (K-8), and Resource for grades 2, 4,5,7 & 8. As part of my behaviour intervention, I was required to teach a fifth grader, so I have grade 5 stuff as well. Oh and there was a time when I thought I'd be teaching kindergarten, so I have that stuff too!

    It's a little bit crazy, for sure, and I can't get rid of it, because for all I know, I could need it next year!
     
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    Holy smoke! In 2005 I thought I was leaving teaching, only to return in 2006. But when I thought I was through, I took home a lot of stuff. I'm single now and live in a 2 BR apt. I had to get a garage, which is FULL, partly with furniture and my stuff, and partly with boxes and boxes of school stuff. My kids hope I live forever, because they don't want to ever have to go through all that stuff!
     
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    I used to keep more stuff at home, but now I have most of it at school. I just do not want to devote the room at home to storing a lot of work related items. This last year, I got rid of a lot of old lessons from old curriculum. I figured if I have not looked at it in the last 4 years, I probably am not going to need it.
     
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    Ugh. My home has three bedrooms: my room (the master bedroom), a guest bedroom, and my "teacher room" (full of treasures from 2005-present). Yes--it's neatly stored in huge plastic bins (I have six 20 gallon plastic storage bins :eek:), but I'd like to eventually get a storage shed in my backyard to place 'em there instead of in a spare bedroom!
     
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    o wow, none of my stuff is in bins...well thats not right.. I have one small one for, items that I won't use in my current setting, but may in my next setting

    I have everything out and on shelves. Two tall ones and about 3 small book shelves and a desk that holds my printer, and laminator and underneath has my paper shredder and paper cutter.

    I gave away and sold a lot of stuff since 2008 which is when i started teaching.

    I don't feel so bad then...I really thought I was the only teacher in the world to have/could have a room dedicated to his/her teacher stuff.
     

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