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My Name is Deanna... and I have a problem

Oh, my word y'all I need a 12 step program!  I have a huge problem with collecting things.


I started cleaning out my closet and trying to organize and throw things away.  THROW THINGS AWAY??!!!!  That is soooo hard!!!  I started by taking all of my math stuff out of my closet.  I had stuff ALL over the room.  This is just a little section of the mess. 

Notice the Sonic coke.  That helps right? :)

Here's how my Math Manipulatives ended up looking.  I got them all organized, labeled and in containers.




Here's a close up of the closet.  My closet is deep so there are also containers behind the ones in the front.
To make sure I know what's in the back I hot glued labels to the side of the cabinet.  Notice the labels on the left.  That is letting me know that there is a container of bears and another container of pattern blocks in the back.   


Okay... so what is the problem you ask?  The problem is that I can't throw things away.  Remember the picture at the top?  That is a tee-tiny bit of my eraser collection.  I love themed erasers.  LOVE!!!  I think having access to different manipulatives keeps the kids excited and engaged.  They can be doing the exact same game that they did last week but if the manipulatives are different they think it is a brand new game.  So.... I'm sorry Debbie Diller.  I just couldn't do it.  Not even a little.  But I did get them organized.
Here they are.  You're probably saying to yourself, "that's not so bad.  You only have 12 containers."  Well remember when I said the cabinet is deep?  Yep.  There are two more rows of containers behind these.  So that's 36 containers of erasers.  And the bad thing is there is another shelf below this one with more containers of erasers.  My name is Deanna and I have a problem.  But at least it looks neat! 
Thanks Debbie.  :)
 
That took care of all of the manipulatives.  Next I had to decide how to store all of the big stuff and the games and such.  I can't tell you how many times I've found a game or activity way too late that I forgot I even had.  So I needed a way to organize it so that I would remember to use all of the good stuff that I have.   I got five large containers and I'm going to make cute labels for them.  One will be labeled Patterns and Shapes, Measurement and Money, Addition and Subtraction, Data Collection and Probability, and one will be labeled Number Sense.  This is what the bins look like.


 
Here's a peak inside the one for Addition and Subtraction.  You will see both homemade and store bought games, and my container of dice in dice. (these dice didn't go in the container labeled Dice because I only use these when I'm teaching addition and subtraction)  I really think this type of organization is going to work for me.  Yay!  for organization. 

Once I make my cute bin labels I will upload them here to share.  I plan to work on my language arts stuff next.  I have no idea how to even begin there!  Whew!  :)

66 comments:

  1. You did an AMAZING job! I love organizing and labeling all my stuff, so seeing your pics is heartwarming! :) I'm OCD...I need a 12 step program for that. HA!

    Dana
    3rd Grade Gridiron

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  2. Looks great-thanks for sharing- I love seeing pictures of everyone's stuff. Wish I didn't have to have my room packed up and covered for summer cleaning.

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  3. Oh Deanna, you amaze me! I am on the other end of the spectrum. I feel like I don't have ENOUGH math materials to accomplish the math work stations. I'm working hard to gather things & make games, but oh my word. I have no idea if I'm going to be able to scrounge enough stuff together! Love your eraser collection. Do you get them from Oriental Trading Company?

    Amanda
    http://www.oneextradegree.blogspot.com

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  4. The erasers are a keeper! I use the bitty theme ones for graphing :)

    I love your organization and I am envious of your amount of storage.

    Now to tackle my spare bedroom and organize all of my school stuff in there....we are not allowed to keep it at home anymore :(

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  5. That looks so nice! I need help organizing, too! Also, if you have too much of something, consider posting them at Teachers Market! You can sell, donate or exchange your no longer needed supplies at Teachers Market,just so you know!

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  6. I don't think you need to feel bad about not throwing stuff away when you magically managed to make the clutter look so good. I'm a huge advocate for purging and organizing (hence my blog), but you amaze me with how you make everything look so coherent in your room. I bow to you! :) Jodi
    www.CLClassroom.com (The Clutter-Free Classroom)

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  7. I am so jealous! I wish that I could get into my class so I could do some major organizing. I just wish that I had the collection that you do. I feel like I don't have items needed for the work stations. Anywho, Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas!
    Ashley
    www.mrssimpsonskindergarten.blogspot.com

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  8. You just made me feel so much better!!! hahaha you rock! If it's organized and accessible, who cares how much you have!!

    Hadar

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  9. Boy, Deanna, you DO have a lot of stuff...I'm jealous! I recently posted a pic of my basement on my blog which is full of EVERYTHING from my classroom (I was off this year on mat. leave going back in September). I can't wait to take it out of the boxes and sort things out! And I can't wait to have my basement back! We can't walk down there! Thanks for sharing!

    Alessia
    Mrs. Albanese’s Class

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  10. OOOPS! I meant keep stuff at school anymore.

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  11. Well I don't have that problem at school because thanks to the teacher that I replaced several years ago she didn't leave me with very much of anything. What I have belongs to me so I keep a lot of it at home in a storage building that is for school only. My problem too is throwing things out. Please pray for me tomorrow because I have to clean out my garage and put stuff in my school building. THROW AWAY THROW AWAY...lol

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  12. I love the erasers. Yes, they do make everything better. Oriental trading loves you!

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  13. I have the same hoarding addiction...but I am trying to do better. Love erasers, too..I had my own collection as a kid!
    Jennifer
    http://firstgradeblueskies.blogspot.com

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  14. All of you organizers are more than welcome to come to my classroom and my place and help me organize, throw away, organize ..... I am trying not to be a hoarder - I really am. But I look at something and i think, I can use this sometime- sigh

    Primary Connections

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  15. I am in LOVE with those Really Useful Boxes! I have tons of them in my room, all sizes too. I am looking to get some large ones for next year to sort my themes by quarter in hanging file folders. I love the organization. :)

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  16. I'm so jealous that you can get in your classroom to work over the summer. I would LOVE to be able to get in there right now. Not only is it closed, but we have to pack everything up as if we were moving rooms. It'll take me a good few days to unpack my room in August...and then the kids come. Enjoy your summer of organization. I keep adding things to do my Back-To-School to-do list... :)

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

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  17. Deanna where did you get your containers from? Especially the ones with the clips on the end? I started organizing my math manipulatives the last week of school need more containers with tops that stay on. I gained a large collection of erasers from a teacher who retired and I got her room. I zip locked them all into separate bags and put them in one of my clear containers. I use them for counting, sorting, thematic counters, patterns, etc.
    Lindsey
    http://www.whytewater.blogspot.com/

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  18. My name is Stacee and I also can't throw things away! I had a fellow teacher help me clean my closet and realized I had tons of "prize box" toys and lots of tools for their mouths (aka candy). I'm no longer allowed to buy those things for some time :) Thanks for sharing your ideas on storage of math games. I'm still figuring out how to get mine organized....once I get into my new room :)
    Stacee

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  19. a teacher after my own heart. =) love it.

    mrs tabb
    First Grade Awesomeness

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  20. I say if you are as organized as you are you can have as much stuff as you want. These are fantastic.
    Kudos!

    Heidi
    www.bandedup.blogspot.com

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  21. Everything looks very nicely organized! Gotta love a Sonic Coke! Thanks for sharing your organizational ideas.

    Roberta

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  22. Like you I have a problem throwing school stuff out. I was moving classrooms to be closer to the other kindergarten teachers- found out I would not have a smart board. I decided to stay in my room- had to un-pack everything. My para kept saying to me, "I will give you five dollars, eight dollars or ten dollars if you throw this away." I could not throw it away. Tooooo much money invested in the materials. I think we all need a twelve step program.

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  23. I am always taking "trash" from other people because I can use it! I have a stack of foil pans (you know the ones from the Sister Schubert rolls)in my car to use for painting. I love your organization! Definitely motivation and inspiration for when I can get back in my room!

    http://mrsboyersbunch.blogspot.com

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  24. Yay! You! Looks great... I think Debbie would be proud!

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

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  25. Looks great! Makes me wish I could get in my classroom and organize!

    Miss W

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  26. I know what you mean! I would LOVE to have that much storage space! And I also love having different kinds of manipulative -- but again -- there's the storage problem. Looks like you've got it all organized now!

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  27. Lindsey, ALL of my containers came from Target except for the little blue ones that have the erasers in them. Those came from Office Depot and Staples. :)

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  28. Wow, I have terrible insomnia but tonight I am glad that I do! Your web site is charming and your ideas are amazing-I am 43 and I want to be in your class! I have a hard time throwing things away also, but I do not think that any teacher will ever end up on a reality show about people with issues. I love to change things in my classroom (1st grade) and you have inspired me even more! I can not wait to visit this page again! Happy summer from Mobile, Alabama! ;) Kathryn

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  29. One person's organization is one person's clutter - ask our principal who has ordered that all personal materials should be at home. We are to bring them back and forth as needed. :p

    I for one LOVE your room and find it "efficient", especially since you have stuff "there" and not AT home.

    P.S. I need to stop posting as annon, but I am too chicken with some comments...LOL.

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  30. I hate it when I find a resource hidden that I could have used in a unit that I already taught! A great reason to get organized and stay that way!

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  31. I don't think I have been in the same classroom for more than 4 years. I moved from teaching first grade for 2 years in one school to packing up and unpacking to teach K this past year. Now I just packed again to move to a new school, due to numerous school closings in our district, to teach 1st grade, so I feel your addiction to collecting things!!! I LOVE your ideas and last year started buying clear plastic tubs by the dozen when I go shopping and labeling them. It makes me feel better about all of the "stuff" I have, but you never know when you are going to need something!!!

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  32. Oh...to be organized. I'll be moving into a new room after this school year, so there's hope for me.

    What font did you use on the math tubs? Is there a certain program you use?
    Pat
    pbaker@esu15.org

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  33. I honestly believe you can't be a teacher and not need a 12 step program of some sort! I love the organization...I text a picture of my totes with matching labels to a friend yesterday and said "Nothing eases my stress like organized tubs with matching labels.". Hee hee!

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  34. I love your post! I have a terrible time getting rid of stuff. I love your idea of putting labels on the side of the cabinet! I also have a deep cabinet and if I can't see it, it doesn't exist! Thanks for the great idea!

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  35. Deanna - You inspire me (not just today!!). Our school is getting tiled (from carpet) and everything had to be packed up. I did purge 17 bags of "stuff". Seeing your organization makes me excited about unpacking and "containerizing" my manipulatives!! You and Debbie Diller are so inspirational this summer!!
    ~ Tracy

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  36. Your room looks great. I am guilty of keeping things "just in case" (95 rinsed out applesauce cups anyone???) I wish I had all your oraganizational skills and space! Keep up the great work:)

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  37. I LOVE your organization!! And I completely agree, mini erasers are the best.things.ever. I totally understand. I would never be able to get rid of them either! I just moved my classroom and the person who moved out left behind some. I was SO EXCITED! Looking forward to your new labels!

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  38. Hey Deanna! So, I have an idea for you {or all of us crazy primary teachers}. You know how there's the DIY network? Well, you {we} should start a DIY Teachers Edition. With all of {our} great ideas, think of where {we} can go! All kidding aside~you are an incredible woman! I love seeing and reading about what you have goin' on! Never a dull moment...I.LOVE.IT!!!

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  39. You have inspired me to start on my things but I can't get to them until August. We are moving to a new building and I too have a pricipal who thinks my collections are clutter and need to be removed. Luckily I have a barn at home and I will be bringing many things home to store because I cannot throw them away!

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  40. I have the same problem! What an inspiration to see that it can be organized...ahhh, guess I've got some work to do? :] Thanks for sharing!

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  41. I am a total organization-aholic myself and I JUST finished going through Debbie Diller's book for the second time today! :) I think you did an AMAZING job organizing it all into containers! I am almost done "Debbie-ing" my new room and I wish all my containers matched like yours do. I am hoping to buy some new ones once I save up some cash. :)

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  42. I am moving into a different K room next year, our last day was today with kindergarten graduation, any way, I have to toss somethings, its going to be hard too!! Thanks for all the tips!

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  43. THANK YOU for sharing! The closet looks fantastic!

    I posted about my inability to throw stuff away...http://read-write-sing.blogspot.com/2011/05/teacher-as-hoarder-see-photo.html
    My husband thinks I have a problem :-)

    ReadWriteSing

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  44. My husband needs to read all these comments! He thinks I'm the only one who is obsessed with organization and buying "stuff" for my classroom!

    www.kinderkaren.blogspot.com

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  45. Deanna...where did you find those rubbermaids that are in your last picture - the big ones that you are storing your games in?

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  46. I love the organization! I stayed a few days extra at the end of the school year to organize, file, etc. but came nowhere close to the awesome job you did. I have to say that I am totally jealous of your closets. I wish I had a some place like that to store and hide away stuff!

    http://plug-n-plan.blogspot.com

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  47. I love your blog! I too have the same problem as you though I can't seem to part with things that I spent my money on. There should really be a teacher twelve step program

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  48. Deanna you are the best! I am so inspired by your organization! I am hoping to be able to get into my classroom next month and I am going to organize and hopefully purge, but like you I find it very hard to throw things away! I may need them someday! Everyone in my school comes to me to ask for stuff because they know I will probably have it! You are the best! Keep us posted on your other organizational inspirations!

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  49. Thanks for sharing your labels! I, too am OCD and these labels are perfection! I'm totally downloading that super cute font too! Thanks!

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  50. Deanna,
    Are your children's books' labels on your TPT account? I would love to purchase them to organize my books. Thank you!~

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  51. The Library labels are free on this blog. If you look a few posts back you will find thrm. :). I'm in Minnesota at a conference right now so I will get to all of the other questions when I get back.

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  52. Hi Deanna,
    I am so addicted to your site and units. Can't wait to purchase the Back to School unit.Thank you so much for the labels, I can't wait to go into school and relabel everything.
    By chance do you have ideas for classroom set ups? Which you were closer to hire for set up :)
    Thanks, Ann

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  53. I LOVE the Dracula erasers! I agree - you are organized - so bring on more "stuff"! :) :) :) It is so addicting!

    Thanks for the labels - LOVE them!

    Kristen

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  54. I just started blogging and I have to say, I really enjoy your blog! thanks!
    Victoria
    http://washandlearn.blogspot.com/

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  55. Any chance you could post your guided reading book box labels? I LOVE them!!!!

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  56. When I read the heading "My name is Deanna and I have a problem...", all I could do was laugh. I thoroughly enjoy all the things I have purchased from you on TpT. My students last year always got excited when they knew we were going to complete a glyph. Thanks for all your "freebies" like these labels. Your hard work is much appreciated.

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  57. Help Please! I am new to the blog world. I am having trouble uploading files that I have created. When I upload to Google Docs, the document is all messed up. The font is even different until you download and open. Then the doc. seems to be back to normal. Please help me.

    http://k5teachermeade.blogspot.com/

    Thank you so very much. I love your creations and I have already purchased 2 from you at TPT.

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  58. Hi Deanna! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. I think I have your entire collection now!! You have inspired me to create my own blog. Whoo Hoo!! Look forward to you next project.

    Dana
    http://inspiredtoteach.blogspot.com

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  59. thank you so much for sharing. google doc keeps saying i do not have the right to print or it will only print the top half of the page.

    suggestions?

    thanks again for inspiration!
    love e

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  60. I had to laugh... I LOVE erasers too!! I also have a collecting obsession for them! We call them junk boxes, and the kids adore using them. I probably have about 40 sandwich size boxes of mini erasers!!! It's great to go in with a few friends and order from Oriental Trading, etc. That way, everyone gets lots of choices, and spend less money to get an assortment! :o)
    Karen
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  61. Well, my comment won't be anything drastically different from the others, WOW! Great job, Deanna! Organizing is one of my favorite things to do. It has such a "cleansing and rejuvenating" feeling about it. I love your labels and thank yo for sharing. :o)

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  62. My classroom's next... when can you come? =) Great job!


    Empowering Kinders and Other Kids Too

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  63. just wondering if you are sharing the manipulatives labels? I would looove to use them?! if so my email is jennzaqt007@yahoo.com thanks!

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