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  1. zoey'smom

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    I hate to admit it but I am one of those teachers who have piles on her desk and anywhere else that I can stack it. I am getting better, but still have some problems. This summer I went and sorted and got rib of a lot of the clutter. My major problem is my desk area. It is a collect all. Does anyone have any tips of things you do that help you keep you organized? I want to start the year out right.
     
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    I'm normally a very organized person ... but I need help with this too! Especially when other people keep piling stuff on my desk! UGH!
     
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    I'm very organized. I have a lot of file folders and crates to keep everything in. I have those hanging file folders, every worksheet has a place. I also use crates or small boxes for everything in my room. If it doesn't fit anywhere it goes on a shelf. Whenever I have a few free minutes ill pick up around my room. I usually have a few loose papers floating around, but they go in a folder pretty quickly.
     
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    I wish I could be that organized.
     
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    I have a stack of 5 letter trays: In, Read, Hold, Do, File. Everything from my mailbox goes to In. At some point in the day I have to force myself to decide where everything goes (and some go straight to trash!).

    Read is for if I want to look through it more carefully at a later time, and Hold is for if it needs to go to someone else. Do are things that need to be acted on.

    On my desk I have a file holder that has a file for things that need to be copied, and a file for each day of the week. If I copy things for Tuesday, I put them in there. If we don't finish an assignment on Wednesday, I put it in Thursday so we can pick up on it again.

    Oh, and I also have a file in there for Scholastic, Homework, and To Go Home (for all those things they stick in my box to pass out - I prefer to do it all on one day).

    I like to be organized but am not good at maintaining it - these 2 systems work for me.
     
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    Try www.mspowell.com for very detailed organization tips!!
    It takes a lot of effort for me to be organized. It does not come naturally to me and I still have trouble with it, but this website has great ideas and every year I find that I implement just a couple more of them to make my life easier.
     
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    this is such a great idea!

    I just usually make one big pile and TRY on Fridays to clean it out!:dizzy:
     
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    Thank you Nattles19. I do like the idea of the letter trays. I already do the folders for each day and that does work for me. I think the main thing is to force myself to take care of my mail and other papers on a daily basis. Thanks for the tips.
     
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    http://reallygoodstuff.com/product_details.aspx?item_guid=3dfaaa42-0b43-4294-90c7-5c3323212325
    I have the pocket chart above behind my desk and I have it labeled M-F on each side (so I can file the papers for the next week ahead of time). I use the extra slots for different things - book orders, different committees I am on, extra papers, sub files etc... I had a big file crate on my desk with the days labeled but it took up so much room, the hanging file holder made a huge difference and got my desk cleared off!
     
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    My teammates (5 of them) will do the same thing. This year I'm planning on having a bin for mail from other teachers. I just need to make sure they all understand how it works.
     
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    :eek:My aide is the world's worst for this! She doesn't even make a neat stack. At the end of the day I need a bulldozer to clean off my desk! I like everything neat and tidy and this drives me crazy. I like the idea of a bin for other teachers to put stuff in instead of piling it on my desk. With my planning first thing in the morning I don't have any time througout the day to go through things and I refuse to leave the day with my desk piled high.

    Fly lady has some great tips for keeping a tidy room. According to her it all starts with a clean desk. Here's to keeping a neat and tidy desk this year!:thumb: We can do it!
     
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    I prefer using binders (instead of file folders). I have a bunch of binders labeled:

    -Phonemic Awareness
    -Literacy Centers
    -Poetry
    -High-Frequency Words
    -Writing
    -Science
    -Math
    -Social Studies
    -Activities by month (projects for holidays and special occasions)
    -Guided Reading
    -Assessments & Standards

    I'm sure I have more, but that's all I can think of right now! I have tabs diving the different topics/themes, and I use the clear sleeves to file everything. I like doing it this way, so that I can see everything as I'm flipping through, and the sleeves allow me to put other materials with the lessons. I have a few things filed in the filing cabinet on my bottom desk drawer (things like book orders, student information, etc.).

    Now I have a basket for things that need to be put away, and I try to do it when I have a second.
     
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    We have a small space that has the stackable trays with all of our names on it (6 K teachers and one aide) that serve as grade-level mailboxes. This is where the dept. chair or aide places copies of things we all need or if we want to share an idea/lesson we put it there so it isn't all over your desk and you don't have to walk all over to deliver stuff.
     
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    We have something similar, yet those papers still get left by my door, left by my computer or wherever else someone wants to put them.
     

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