Image Map

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Teacher Tuesday: my cleaning to-do's for the end of the school year

So, my last day of classes is coming up in about 3 weeks, so I've started thinking about the things I need to do to get ready for the end of the school year. If you missed it, I shared my favorite lesson plans for the end of the year a couple of weeks ago. Today I want to share my top cleaning tasks that I need to complete before the end of the year.

1. Tackle the Closet Monster

OK folks, this is real life right here. That is the actual inside of my closet. I don't know how this happened. After coming in new last school year I spent an enormous amount of time throwing out old stuff, clearing shelves, and organizing new things in my closet. At the beginning of the year you could actually see stuff in there. And now, this. *sigh* After almost a decade of teaching I still haven't found the secret to keeping a closet organized all year. So my number one task is to do it all again- go through everything, throw away old stuff, and reorganize so I can see things again! I am going to start the process now, going through stuff in stages whenever I have time, but realistically I will probably have to finish it over the summer.

2. Exterminate the Dust Bunnies

Can you see the dust on that shelf? I did my best to get a good picture but of course dust bunnies are a bit camera shy. No matter if you can tell in the picture or not, the point is that my room is dusty. Very dusty. The shelves, the speakers, the tables, and even some of the instruments are just covered in the nasty stuff. So task number two is to clean it all up! I will most likely be getting some of the students from the last class I see on the last day of school to help me take care of this one.

3. Conquer the Paper Mountain

I'm actually not in as bad of shape as I thought I might be in this area, but I definitely have a lot of piles of paper in my room- on my desk, under tables, in my paper sorter. It's crazy. Before the end of the year I need to go through and pass back all of the student papers I have forgotten to give back, file away important documents that are sitting around waiting for a home, and throw away the rest. This is another project that I can work on in stages these last few weeks, but hopefully I will get it done before summer vacation!

What's on your to-do list for the end of the year?


  1. The paper monster is so hard to tame and I am not very good at it! #fermatafriday

    1. Yep! No matter how determined I am to always have everything in its place, some days I just can't avoid setting stuff down on a table "to put away later", and then the downward spiral begins... ;)

  2. I cannot begin to tell you how much dust my room would accumulate. Even when it was dusted every week, there were always spots filled with dust bunnies. In fact, I don't think I'd ever truly seen dust bunnies until I started teaching! It finally made sense to me why they were called that :) #fermatafridays

  3. When I went through my costume/storage room I had to wear a construction mask because the dust was so bad LOL!!!

    1. Wow, crazy! I'm actually allergic to dust so dusting drives me crazy- I hate it. I wish there was a better way to keep it from accumulating all over my classroom!