Today's No Mess Monday Topic is: The Teacher Desk
I know that I function best in a clean, organized workspace.
It sounds obvious, but it's easy to let your desk get cluttered. Taking the time to organize it and to establish methods of maintaining order are well worth it.
I like my desktop to be completely clear. It gives me room to work when I am planning and it provides a positive model for my students. To keep it clean I did a few things:
I removed anything that was not a job necessity from the area. I love my kids and think they are adorable, but I don't keep framed pictures on my desk. I do have a few tacked to the wall next to my desk (along with some of my son's finer preschool artwork). I also choose to not store knick-knacks and other cutesy things there.
I took the items that are typically found on a teacher's desktop and relocated them to my top left drawer. They are still very easy for me to access, but are not cluttering the area. This includes things like post-its, a stapler, tape, etc.
I like to use small containers within the drawer to keep things organized. Labeling the baskets is helpful too. There are some great desk organizer products available, but I prefer to keep everything out of sight.
Chances are you will never find yourself in a situation that warrants the immediate use of 3 rolls of tape, 4 boxes of staples and 2.5 bottles of White Out. I keep all of these items in plastic pencil boxes in the drawer and keep only one of each accessible.
Once your desk is organized, develop routines to make it easy to stay that way. Get into the habit of always clearing off your desktop at the end of prep, before lunch and before you leave for the day.