Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I'm Ashamed to Admit It

I have a big confession. This is what my extra bedroom looks like during the summer.

I brought tons of stuff home for school this summer. More than usual because I was waiting to hear if I had to move classrooms. So this is the big mess that I am dealing with in that room. I try to walk by it quickly so I don't have to look at it. I was planning on organizing my office this summer but it's kinda impossible with all this stuff in the way. Plus I keep buying more things for my classroom. See those stacked baskets -- a purchase from Really Good Stuff when they were on sale. See all those binders -- I'm trying to organize some of my things by months and subjects.

Tomorrow I am officially moving classrooms. So I am heading back to school and I can't decide if I should take some of this stuff and contribute to my mess at school or just move it later.  Please tell me I'm not the only one who has a mess like this during the summer.

Here's what I've been working on today. I saw the teacher toolbox on Pinterest from Create Teach Share.  I made a version for my new classroom theme. That's right..I'm switching to owls.

I just love those little owl stickers. I found them at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook section. I'm not exactly sure what I am going to put in all the drawers so I haven't added labels yet.

Hope you enjoyed the first day of summer!


  1. I'm doing owls next year too!! :) Thanks for being brave enough to show your piles... I have them too, don't worry!

    The Learning Tree

  2. I love your owl theme! Hobby Lobby had a few cute owls too ... just in case you're interested.
    I have a gigantic mess in my home as well. This is the only year I've had to deal with the mess. Our school is under construction and since I'm moving from Title 1 to 2nd grade I've taken a lot home and I'm also purchasing/creating things as well.
    Amy Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

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    2. Oops..I replied to the wrong comment. I have bought a few owl things at Hobby Lobby but I'm always looking for more. Thanks Amy!

  3. cute! how big are those drawers. I got one at lowes last summer, but it was teeny tiny. Maybe I got the wrong one!

    1. 8 of the drawers are fairly large. The other 14 are not that big but are pretty deep. Good for clips and pins. Hope that helps!

  4. I also have an owl themed classroom and I think you tool box looks great! I was thinking about getting one myself but have yet to get to Lowe's or Home Depot. School ended for me last Thursday and I have yet to tackle anything in my room. I teach a 2nd and 3rd grade loop and have two of everything!!!! I am also famous for piling!! You are not alone. :) I have been checking out Jodi's Clutter Free Classroom resources for some inspiration. Wish me luck!

  5. Love your drawer organizer! :)
    My home office looks the same! I brought home a bunch of resources to create/plan this summer, and we are in the process of building a house, so we're also purging and have piles to shred, donate, and throw away in the middle of it all too! :) Good luck moving rooms!
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  6. It is amazing all the stuff we cart home for 3 months and then cart back to school! Love the owls!
    Conversations in Literacy

  7. I think every teacher has a spot in their house that looks like that! We always have such good intentions to get things done during the summer so we bring soooo much home and then end up carting it back at the beginning of the year!
    Katie & Lisen

  8. I can't find the book that i wrote all the ideas in for all the stuff I was going to do this summer.....therefore...I can't start and I am currently typing from under a mound of school "junk"!

    ☞Go NuTTY with ME!

  9. You're not alone! I've had a mess like this in my basement since last June! I switched to a smaller room and had to take a lot home... next year I can bring it all back to school because I'm moving again!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  10. HA! Today my husband came home and said, "Where is the kitchen island?" as he looked at the piles of books I was trying to organize. It's now 11pm and the books are still there. :)

  11. Girl I have little piles like this all over my house and garage! At least you have them contained to one room- smart!! Those owl stickers are adorable.

    ❤- Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  12. You're not alone! I still have piles like that too - I keep telling husband that I'll get to them soon lol! I love the drawers - I am going to have to head to Lowes!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  13. My bedroom, garage, basement,and livingroom all have stacks of something from my classroom and I fear it will only get worse. I will have more students next year than any year before and I have to bring things home to make more room. I don't know what I'm goiong to do with it all!!!

    The Busy Busy Hive

  14. My basement, kitchen table, and spare room are all a mess now. You are sooo not alone. Butt i like to look at it this way...its as good an excuse as any to redecorate :)

  15. I love the drawers Courtney! Don't feel bad about your bedroom, my entire house looks like that right now! We're moving..ugh!!

    I've been a follower of your blog and store for a long time and you are one my inspirations to start my own! I finally did it! I'd love for you to check it out!

  16. We all have those piles! You were just brave enough to post pictures! I have an office upstairs now because my son is getting married and my youngest took over his room downstairs. Now, the task of moving all my 'stuff' upstairs and organizing and purging!

    meet me at the zoo...


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