Is one section of your classroom driving you crazy because it’s so disorganized, or do you feel like your classroom is just messy in general? If you answered yes to either of these questions (or even if you didn’t), make it your goal to get a little spring cleaning done in your classroom over the next few weeks. Cleaning and organizing your classroom can have a positive effect on the learning environment and on everyone’s moods. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Tip #1: Decide if you want to focus on one section of the classroom or the whole room.
If you think it will be too overwhelming to clean the whole room, try choosing a specific section to focus on or clean a section each week until the entire classroom is clean and organized.
Tip #2: Make a list of everything you want to clean and organize in the section or room.
Do you need to vacuum the carpet? Sanitize the desks? Dust and reorganize the bookshelves? By making a checklist of things you need to do in the section or room, you’ll make it much easier to keep track of what you need to do and what you’ve already done.
Tip #3: Think of how you can best organize the materials in the section or room.
Are materials just randomly stored, or are storage bins overflowing? Consider whether you need to purchase new storage units, book displays, cubbies, or bins to keep the section or room better organized. You may also want to consider wall storage to make the most of your space.
Tip #4: Decide when you’re going to clean and determine if you need any extra help.
Look at your list of what you want to clean and organize. Will you need someone else’s help? Ask a coworker if he or she would be willing to help you clean. You could return the favor and use the opportunity to better your work environment and friendships at work.
Tip #5: Use this as an opportunity to teach children about the importance of cleaning.
Give children developmentally appropriate cleaning tasks to complete, such as organizing the different types of blocks in the block center or cleaning up the art supplies. If children are too young or if the task is too difficult for them to help you with, let them use a play cleaning set to help them learn how to clean up after themselves.
Tip #6: Once you’re done cleaning and organizing, give your classroom a spring makeover!
Something as simple as putting up spring-themed bulletin boards (see two of our favorites below) or adding spring colors around the classroom can lift everyone’s spirits and give your classroom a fresh feel.
Be sure to browse the Furniture and Classroom Essentials sections of our website for a variety of storage units and organization materials you can use to help clean and organize your classroom! We also have a great Classroom Organization board on Pinterest that is full of organization tips and ideas you can utilize.