Every school year, I go in wanting to be completely organized in my classroom. I set up systems for my students, but it’s hard to keep yourself organized week after week and month after month. Since I love to organize and clean (really), here are some of my favorite tips on how to keep yourself organized this school year, and save yourself a lot of stress!
Use Google Tools!
I love using Google Slides to give the schedule for the day. This is an organizational piece that helps myself and my students! I also use Google Drive to organize all my files and integrate them into Google Classroom for my students. If you are someone who love sticky notes, but hates the paper, Google Keep is an easy way to keep track of to-dos and cool links and ideas. Even early elementary students can use Google Tools, and when I organize my lessons and handouts with Google, there’s less paper and less stress!
Get a Teacher Planner
Digital tools are fabulous, but if I am in a meeting or the wifi is down, I want to be able to access my list of to-dos and schedule in an instant. I love my Erin Condren teacher planner to organize everything from my classroom to-dos to my teacher entrepreneur ideas. Bonus, it’s totally adorable to use with your favorite teacher pens.
Make a Desktop Organizer
Want to keep your list of to-dos on your desktop? Make an easy digital desktop organizer with my quick and easy tutorial. You can drag and drop your to-dos, downloads, and screenshots to have your files ready to go and seamlessly organized. If you’ve ever had scattered files all over your desktop, you’ll love this wallpaper that will rock your computer organization!
Keep Your Desk Clear
Even though my students are 1:1, it’s still easy to get piles of papers on my desk. Using cascading file folders helps keep my desk clear. Since the folders are different colors, you can color code for different subjects or get multiple organizers to have one for each student. The organizer also folds up easily, so you can take papers home if needed.
Sort Your Mail Right Away
One thing I have done to keep clutter at bay is to sort my teacher mail right at my mailbox. If there are catalogs or advertisements I don’t need, I simply recycle them right in the teacher workroom where my mailbox is. It’s very easy to have junk mail pile up at your desk if you don’t sort before you get back to your classroom.
It’s easier than you might think to get yourself organized for the new year. The first days of school can be overwhelming, but I’ve got you covered! Whether you need to clean up your digital files or keep your classroom environment organized, these tips on how to keep yourself organized this school year will help get your school year off to a good start!