Since our custodians set up our furniture for us (roughly, based on a classroom map we provide) we started by cleaning. My husband is sweet enough to help me with this so that I can get right into organizing. You may remember that 4 of the 6 goals I set for my summer projects included the classroom library, kids' manipulatives shelf, kids' materials shelf, and the students' paperwork table (each link brings you to a blog post). Although I've already made good headway on these 4 goals, the first project I completed is the bookshelf.
It looked like this mostly still packed up (left). I wasn't planning on radical changes from previous years. I made new labels last year (the link will bring you to a blog post) which I enjoy so I'll be reusing them; I just wanted uniform colored baskets. Since I had more black than any other color, I decided to go with it; I just bought a few more.
And here's how it looked at the end of Monday.
From now on: Measure twice, shop once. Don't make my mistake, people.
That afternoon I went to 3 different stores: Walmart, Target, then Bed Bath and Beyond. NO ONE had black baskets or dishpans. :( Finally I went online and found a different Walmart in my area that had them, so here's the after photo:
You may be wondering, "Amber, do you really have so much time on your hands that you felt the urge to add blue trim to your bookshelf?" And to that I say there is a PURPOSE besides beatification. As I was cleaning on Monday I got a splinter from that shelf (not for the first time). My students have got splinters from that shelf. I decided that trimming out the shelves in Duck Tape would not just be a way to carry my color scheme through; it would also be a safety feature! Although I'm sure it will look even more amazing once the aqua bordered book bin labels are attached. :) I'll have to wait to show that off, however, since I do a library sorting activity with my students the first week of school so I need them blank until then.
Since I'm making good progress on my projects, I've decided to publish a BONUS post on Friday. Not only will I have more photos to show you of the process and result of my summer projects, I also have a special announcement that I think you'll enjoy!
In the meantime, for anyone who's interested, here are a few of my England vacation photos:
Remember, come back Friday for a (time sensitive) bonus post!