You’ve probably heard of the recent decluttering trend, “KonMari,” or tried it yourself. While many are cleaning up their homes, teachers are also transforming their classrooms. Whether you follow the KonMari Method or do your own thing, tidying up in the classroom benefits teachers and students. Our favorite aspect of the KonMari Method is to thank and release the items we no longer need in gratitude of their service. We pulled together some of our favorite tips to get you started. For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest Board.
What is the KonMari Method?
The KonMari method begins by sorting all of your items by category (that means taking them completely off shelves and out of drawers). Focus your attention by picking up each item individually. While holding the item, decide if it sparks joy for you. Keep the items that bring you joy and thank the items you plan to discard. Keep going through each category of items until you are done. Finally, organize the remaining items so you can find them easily.
Whether the KonMari method is right for you or not, below are some decluttering tips from teachers who made big changes in their classrooms.
Tip 1 – Learn to Let Go
This can be the hardest part, but now is the time to identify the items you’ve been holding onto but never get around to using. To get you started, the Clutter-Free Classroom has a great guideline sheet. Also, here is a list of 10 things you can throw out in your classroom right now. Don’t forget to thank each item before you let it go.
Tip 2 – Find Your Joy
When looking for the items that are going to enhance your day, many teachers mention creating a space in their classrooms with sentimental items. This could be an area of your classroom that showcases your obsession with Harry Potter, or just a few photos on your desk that remind you of loved ones. Whatever you choose, try to keep those items close to you and not tucked in a drawer.
Tip 3 – Organize
After you spend some time getting rid of the items that do not bring you joy, create a “home” for the rest. We have plenty of organization tips on the AdoptAClassroom.org Pinterest channel to get you started.
Tip 4 – Reinforce Tidying with Your Students
You can’t always do it alone. If you are willing and able, build in tidying with your students. It’s a lifelong skill that will also help them learn to be mindful in their daily lives.
Tip 5 – Stay Mindful
Finally, the best way to ensure your classroom stays tidy is to limit the new items you bring in whenever you can.
For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board on this topic.