Is your classroom or your house a mess?

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  1. ecteach

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    I am just wondering, because I love the show "Hoarders" and I have noticed there have been several teachers on there. My classroom is generally more of a mess than my house. I keep my house as clean as I can with a 8 year old son and a husband. :p

    My classroom isn't as tidy. I almost always have papers laying around, etc.
     
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  3. Ima Teacher

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    No. Neither is a mess. I hate clutter. Things need to be put away unless it is being actively used.

    I keep a passably clean house. It's clean, but not spotless. If you stopped by, it's clean. Just don't look behind furniture or into hidden areas. Don't get to those areas as much.

    My classroom gets filthy. A lot of that has been lack of a custodian the past few years. We had one, but he missed a lot of work and didn't really work when he was there.
     
  4. waterfall

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    I'm a pretty neat person in general. Like Ima, I hate clutter. I don't have random stuff just laying around the apartment on a regular basis. My apartment is pretty close to spotless a lot of the time. If I'm not around a lot I won't keep up with as much, but in the summer when I'm home more during the day I'll keep everything neat b/c it drives me nuts sitting there looking at mess.

    My classroom is messier than my apartment but I still try to keep it clean. My biggest problem has always been piles of paper everywhere! I'll definitely be working on organization this year.
     
  5. Bella2010

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    House! I have a three-year-old tornado running around...I gave up when he started walking. It's clean, but cluttered. I'm a type A organization freak at school.
     
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    When I was teaching, my classroom was always spotless. I hate clutter. I was known as the tosser, because I kept nothing. However, it would get dirty, because nothing was really done by custodians except for sweeping. I would get tired of it and finally clean it myself.

    My house...usually pretty clean. I have 3 kids, and they are not easy on a household. But, they are old enough now to help clean it up. I wouldn't be embarrassed if company came over, but I wouldn't want them inspecting the closets or anything!
     
  7. JustMe

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    It's more important that my classroom is neat. I crave and need organization there. Home over the past few years has steadily gone downhill...
     
  8. Irishdave

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    I am just one missed garbage day away from being a hoarder
    :eek::dizzy::rolleyes:
     
  9. bison

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    Our house isn't a mess, but we do have to clean and tidy before people come over. It gets worse when I'm too busy or stressed to do much because I'm organized but BF is pretty sloppy. I'm bad about keeping up with certain things tasks like mopping and putting my clothes away instead of letting them pile up, so we find ourselves doing deep cleaning more than I'd like. BF takes care of vacuuming (AKA turning on the Roomba) but I usually have to remind him when I start to see dog hair everywhere. I'm anal about the kitchen and bathroom, so those are always clean... unless BF has been cooking and I haven't had time to clean up. :rolleyes:
     
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    I have a touch of OCD. If you open my classroom cupboards, they are immaculate. I'm talking boxes of Ziploc bags arranged in size from snack to gallon, and then sub-organized by box size.
    My desk? Usually a mess. I can't put something away unless it is done right, so I wait until I have time to do it properly. So, on the surface, I look like a mess, but if you peek in cupboards you'll find the opposite!!
     
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    I used to be amazing at organization. I had a rep at school. I freaked my co-teacher out with my mad organizational skills.

    Now... my classroom seems to grow piles of things overnight. Papers to grade, crap that was in my mailbox, stuff people drop off just in case I want to use it, more piles of stuff I handle for grade level things. The amount of paper waste is almost insulting at my school.

    I did a huge purge of my cabinets at the end of last year. I gave away books I never look at, filled my ED students' bags with extra binders and folders for this upcoming school year, tossed lots of things... so I'm hoping that this year, I can stay on top of things much better.

    My home... well, we don't have a whole lot of storage space, and BF has a lot of manly equipment-type stuff. My office is a perpetual mess just because I'm trying to run a teacher office/home office/craft space in one very small room.

    Don't talk to me about my floors, either. Between me, the dog, the cat, and sandy Florida, I just make do with a Swiffer run every day and vacuum/mop once a week. I hate tile.
     
  12. Listlady

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    Yes. Both. Ugh! Classroom will not be a mess soon (school starts on the 15th). I have a new room, and the person moving in to my old room wanted in, so I moved my stuff out despite the fact that the occupant of my new room was not moved out yet. I have everything piled in the corner just waiting for her to get her stuff. I couldn't put anything in the desk or cabinets, etc. Ugh!

    House is a mess. Working on it, too. Double ugh!
     
  13. Toy_03

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    Ill be honest, before the summer my classroom and house was a filthy mess, but I tackled my house and got it organized and looking nice. Now I will be organizing my classroom (keeping it organized).
     
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    We just moved, so our house is a nightmare. Boxes everywhere. But normally, it is very organized if we can just take the time to put things where they belong. My classroom is spotless at the moment. I'm hoping it stays this way.
     
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    When I moved into my new classroom in May I tried to organize it. I did pretty well, but keeping it organized is something else.

    My house on the other hand. . . The main floor is pretty good. We vacuum almost every day when the dog leaves hair around. I do have piles of stuff. My basement is a different story. I really need to purge & organize down there but I never seem to have the time or energy.
     
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    Neither is a mess. Closets and drawers could be a bit more organized, but I can find anything I'm looking for. I've taken some time to get a little more organized in the house this summer. I end up with neat pies both at home and school that I try to get to often.
     
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    I keep my classroom tidy. A few of my students pointed out to me early in the year that they enjoyed the order of the room.


    However.. my apartment is definitely not as neat! I need to work on that.
     
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    Nope. Both areas are always neat and tidy. I'm actually not sure what my classroom looks like right now, but before school starts it will be spotless.
     
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    I have a tough time maintaining organization. It is 0 to messy in no time. Then, I have a hard time getting it back to clean.

    I have found it helps if I keep a daily checklist of maintenance tasks. I get bogged down on bigger tasks if I don't have a list telling me to clear off the tabletops, put the stapler back in its spot, etc.
     
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    ditto
     
  21. teacherintexas

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    I'm in the process of moving. We have half of one house's belongings at the ranch house and the other half at my mil's house. My room is still packed up for the summer. I'll be bringing some things home since I'm only teaching math and science.

    So, right now, nothing is uncluttered and organized but there isn't much I can do about it at the moment. Once we move into the new house, I'll unpack essentials then start on my classroom. After I get the classroom and new house organized, I'll attack the weekend house. It's about a thousand square feet larger than the house we are buying so it may end up being storage. It'll all get done but it might be next summer before I'm totally finished!!
     
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    House is spotless (okay, so the cleaning lady just left), and classroom will have some papers around but pretty clean and organized.
     
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    Both my house and my classroom are pretty neat. I love organizing things which helps. I also strive to be a better organizer. I am a bit OCD which helps in some ways but it can really hold me down (i.e. I can't have dirty dishes sitting in my dish washer or sink if I leave home -- I always wash them before I leave). My place is always a bit messier during report card time.
     
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    I was diagnosed with OCD when I was a teenager. I would scrub and clean the floors of my childhood home until my knees started bleeding from being on all fours. (TMI, sorry).

    My classroom and my home with my fiance is SPOTLESS. Not to brag but there is not a hair out of place. Now that we have a 3 month old pitbull running around, it drives me insane! lol. I tried watching Hoarders but that triggered my anxiety.
     
  25. TeachingHistory

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    My classroom last year was as organized as I could get it. I was in a LTS for 4 months so I did not touch anything of hers the entire time I was there...so the only clutter was the stuff she left. I did pretty well staying on top of the piles...

    Home is a different story, especially now that I'm in the middle of moving. Stuff everywhere. Once I move in with roommates again I'll be a lot neater. I feel bad making other people live in my clutter.

    My car on the the other hand....If I don't see the back seat the collection of umbrellas, kleenex boxes, hangers, scarfs, hats, etc. does not exist. I also shove gas receipts everywhere. It needs a little love....
     
  26. amakaye

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    I was reading something this summer that said that perfectionists often have messy desks for just this reason. I'm exactly the same way!
     
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    I keep my classroom very neat. I tend to get piles of stuff in the same places but it's the kind of thing I can stay after for an extra 20 minutes on a Friday and quickly organize. Everything has a place, so it makes it easier to clean up.

    I still live at home with my parents- and my bedroom is a mess. It always is. I think it's because unlike my classroom, everything doesn't have a place. I've definitely "outgrown" the room. I have so many books, clothes, things, etc and hardly enough places to put everything so I let it get out of control and hate cleaning it. Hoping to do some saving this year, thinking of maybe getting my own place next summer, we'll see.
     
  28. yellowdaisies

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    Well, I have tons of boxes FROM my classroom in our apartment right now...so my classroom has MADE my house a mess...

    But really, I tend to keep both looking pretty organized. I'm not so great at keeping drawers, cabinets, and closets organized (lol), but I can usually find what I need. We have cats who shed like you wouldn't believe, so our apartment isn't always super CLEAN - we would literally have to vacuum and sweep twice a day to keep up with the fur - but it's tidy. And we do clean up the fur, it's just impossible to keep up with!

    My absolute pet peeve is clutter. I am constantly getting rid of things. Living in less than 700 square feet with very minimal storage helps with that. I don't mind my apartment and classroom looking "lived in" - I'm not into sterile environments - but I like things to be uncluttered. I get stressed out when there's a lot of clutter.
     
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    Right now the house is a mess. I hate living in the clutter, but I HATE the rat race of trying to keep it all at bay. I try, I really do. But before I know it the mess is back. Right now the classroom is spotless. Classes begin Monday, and I have a goal to leave it orderly every night.
     

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