Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tubs, Buckets, Trays, and Bins

It happens every year about now.  I think about the state I left my classroom in (CHAOS) and vow that it will never happen again.  Every year I commit myself to finding new "systems" that are going to make my life better, keep my classroom more organized, and--of course--INCREASE STUDENT LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT.

Done laughing?

OK . . . let's be honest.  What this REALLY means is that every year at this time I get very excited about all the tubs, buckets, trays, and bins at all my favorite discount stores and I spend my hard-earned money buying them to create "systems" for my classroom.  You've seen my rainbow drawers.  Seems like it should work, right?  You should see what is filling my trunk right now.  12 new bins.  A small shelving unit.  18 nineteen cent spiral notebooks (you know as well as I do that not all students will come with enough).  Colored painters tape (Yes, I have a plan for it.  In March.  And, yes, I am going to create a "system" so I can find it then.)

But I have a little teaser about my late night purchases at one of my favorite stores last night . . . and I think I'll just have to make a little post about it later if all goes according to plan.


So . . . I'm sure I am the ONLY one here who has organizational issues.  And I'm sure I'm the ONLY one who buys tubs, buckets, trays, and bins in the hopes that THIS YEAR will be different.  And I'm sure I'm the ONLY one with a truck full of "quality educational materials" ready for a trip to school.  So for all of you who just can't relate--I'm sorry.  

For the rest of you--celebrate your addiction to ineffective organizational systems and know that you are not alone!  Our hearts are in the right place--it's just the organizational genes apparently are not.

Have a great day! 



21 comments:

  1. Lol I am totally am right there with you! My trunk, well i have a CRV, visible to everyone, which makes me look like a hoarder! Come link this post up to our new linky, posted today! :)

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    1. Hoarder is such a negative term...let's think of it as "Systems Engineers" or something like that! :)

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  2. OhMyGolly!
    My "systems" haven't made it to my trunk yet, but are, instead, filling up my living room!
    You're right: Every year I have a new idea for a better system--and every May I am wondering why it didn't work!
    It doesn't matter. New bins, buckets and tubs are one of the best parts about returning back to school!
    This post made my day!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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    1. Hey there Kim! I also have "systems" in the den if it makes you feel better. These are the "systems" I still want to "tweak" or use. We'll see how that works.

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  3. I love that---You are describing me right now. I have all of this wonderful storage but it is so dis-organized that it isn't really storage. I'll watch and learn from you. :) Thanks

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  4. PS It's me again (cwhaccent@aol.com) By the way, I was reminded as I was looking at your blog--we are going to Sam's today to see if they still have the 10 colored drawer storage unit, to the Dollar Tree to look for most of the 21 items that another blogger got there, and post-its from Staples, that another blogger got (I already have hundreds of post-its in all shapes and sizes and colors---except the new "jewel pop" and "Electric Glow" ones. One blogger said I can get them for just $10 at Staples, so off we go again. OH, yes, I think this weekend is their Teacher Appreciation weekend also. So, the trunk is already full of things, but we'll have to empty it to make room for more. Boy--that was a long note. Sorry, but I just identify with you so much as I am sure everyone else does too. It's the teacher in us. :)

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    1. I think you're right...there is just something about "us" that compels us to act this way at this time of year!

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  5. Oh no! I looked at your picture and just saw that they have dry erase labels? I had no idea!!! I have no idea what I would use them for off the top of my head, but I know that I NEED them and will figure out something! LOL!

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    1. I know!!!! Can you believe? I am not sure WHICH of my MANY systems will use them, but they will be used. Oh yes...they will be used.

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  6. I'm with you sister. One of the ideas for table supplies worked great last year and will be reused but I passed on the rest if last years bins to another teacher. My organization goodies for this year are in my garage since I have a small trunk. I really enjoyed your post it gave me a chuckle.

    Heather
    room 4 imagination

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Glad you could relate a little bit!

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  7. My daughters fuss all summer about me picking up goodies for school. Right now I have a huge basket of books I have ordered and want to read for school ( not to mention there are several copies). I have lots of marble notebooks in my trunk, cute duct tape, rolling drawers, notebook paper, and pencils. I am like a kid when they put all these school supplies, it gets me thinking of what is to come.

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    1. OOOH! Sounds like you have some great "finds", Martha! Hey--at least we get EXCITED about our jobs, right? There an an awful lot of people who can't say that...

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  8. Organization is definitely not in my genes, are we sisters? When I think of the chaos that I left my room in and feel overwhelmed, I just go to my little shrine of bins, books, centers goodies that are in my closet. Thank you for the laugh :-)

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  9. Hi,
    Had to chuckle when I read your post because my hubby just found my stash of bins! (The first round of buying!!!). I was just reading another post about literacy bins today too! It's certainly on our minds.

    Each year I swear I'm going to be more organized than the last. Not sure what happens, but I lose all that round the 2nd week of school.

    Can't wait to see what else you have in store! Thanks for sharing and making me smile!

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    1. Nancy...I think it's the sign of creativity and brilliance and we just need to accept it. Deal? Glad you got a smile out of my "issue"! :)

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  10. I just spent $20 on 25 cent glue sticks. So that should get me through August, right?

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    1. OK, Nikki. It is teasing to post something like that without a store name. ;)

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  11. I keep reading all these blog posts about these teachers being OCD, and that is not me at all! I wish I was and am envious of them in a way! You are describing me to a t! I even got sucked in to buying an Erin Condren planner because I thought it might help!! I hope so! Like you said above...This just might be the year!!! :) Keep us updated on your plans as the organizational gene has missed me too!

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    1. I feel your pain! Sometimes I get really down on myself about it . . . I try to think of my "strengths" but it gets hard when you see other classrooms running like well-oiled machines! :)

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