Koonlaba: What do you think about de-cluttering your classroom?

11164757_10206497932583916_3464456028614437679_nI just read a post on the CTQ Collaboratory about de-cluttering  your classroom at the end of the school year.

Not That Teacher Anymore, by Tricia Ebner, tells a personal story of the “walk down memory lane” that de-cluttering provided the author. It is a short and sweet post. I hope you will take time to read it.

I have to admit that I cannot remember a time when I de-cluttered or cleaned out my classroom at the end of the year where I felt sentimental about my career. I don’t remember any walks down memory lane. I’m not sure if I just don’t allow myself to go there or if I am not emotionally attached to physical objects in my classroom (my house would be a different story).  Maybe I just haven’t cleaned out enough stuff! Art teachers ARE known for being hoarders!

Anyway, this post made me wonder what other teachers and educators experience as they clean out and declutter their classrooms. I’d love to hear your experiences. So, what do you think about de-cluttering? Is it emotional for you? Is it a chore?

Please comment and share!

Amanda Koonlaba is an elementary art teacher in Tupelo, MS. She is a contributor to MSEdBlog. Her views are her own and do not represent the views of any other entity.

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