The Organizing Experts rescue a West Seattle teacher from her cluttered classroom.

The Organizing Experts rescue a West Seattle teacher from her cluttered classroom.

After working with the Seattle Organizing Experts in her home, Ms. Poole came to me with hopes of making some organizational changes in her classroom. Currently, she teaches in a half-portable classroom; and like many teachers she struggles to use the limited space effectively. With 27 students in her class, there is no doubt that clutter can pile up easily. Clutter which makes planning lessons and maintaining resources more challenging. It is truly evident how much Ms. Poole cares for her students, and I am excited at the opportunity to create a unique and beautiful learning environment for them. According to the Washington Education Association, Washington has the fourth most over-crowded classrooms in America. I believe that by providing Ms. Poole with an organized and clutter-free classroom it will make a huge impact on how students feel and learn when they are in her class. All students deserve a classroom that fosters leaning and provides a safe and calm environment. It...
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Craft Room Confidential: 3 Tips to Creating Your Ultimate Creative Space

Craft Room Confidential: 3 Tips to Creating Your Ultimate Creative Space

    1. Create Stations: Seperate out your tools, fabric, yarn, scrapbooking supplies, kids crafts, etc, and give each its own space. If space is limited, keep things seperated by grouping like items onto one shelf and coordinating each type of craft with its own color of boxes or labels. This area should be not only functional, but asthetically pleasing as well. You need to walk in and feel inspired, not stressed out about where to find your bobbins or your stencils.     2. Keep your Workspace Clear: Don't clutter up all of your flat surfaces with ribbons, buttons, or over-flowing baskets. Shelving, drawers, and peg board are great ways to have an empty work table, so you're ready to craft a moments notice. Try hanging a dowel or small curtain rod on 2 hooks, and load it up with all your ribbon; that way it is all visible and won't come unravelled (not to mention it also becomes a beautifully colorful decorative addition)....
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10 Minute Desk Clutter Blast!

10 Minute Desk Clutter Blast!

  So my desk is driving me crazy and it's time for a 10-minute clutter-blast! If you only have a few moments, you can purge a small, high-use area quickly and make a big difference. So here I go...   Firstly I got rid of everything that wasn't mine or that didn't belong there. Then I purged my kids' art supplies (end of school is a great time to throw out those crusty, old crayons and markers that don't work). I grabbed some different containers that were better sized for our extra school supplies which were overflowing. Here you can see I used an old cookie tin I had saved from last Christmas in the drawer, and an old Huggies wipes container worked beautifully for markers (no need for expensive containers - search your cupboards for what you have that might work). I also used Ziploc bags and put similar objects together in the tin so that my kids can find what they...
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