So we finished moving things in on Monday but then spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying a delicious lunch-out. It is VERY seldom that the husband and I ever have time alone together without our two kiddos tagging along. So we took advantage of the day and made it into a lunch date. I did go back later that afternoon on my own but spent about two full hours just standing in the room and thinking about where things would go. I like to take my time when setting up a classroom and tend to be very methodical about every decision. I have never been able to fathom how some teachers can wait until those work days at the beginning of the year and then come in and have their room all ready to roll in one or two days. It ALWAYS takes me at least a week, and when moving classrooms, at least two!
So now two days later, progress has been made. It is very slow moving as I spent ALL day yesterday and the majority of the today just cleaning out the cabinets. The teacher before me had left quite a bit, some that belonged to the classroom or school and some that had belonged to her. So I had to go through everything to decide what belongs in which pile. I made a give-away pile, a return to supply closet pile, a move to storage room pile, a recycle pile and a trash pile! The give-away pile is HUGE and continues to grow. I hope people claim it all, otherwise it all get's trashed!
I have a few pictures to share to give you an idea of the chaos that is my room at the point:
Day 1: Most of what came out of the receiving room, now spread out in the classroom!
Day 2: Let cleaning and unpacking begin!
Table and assistants desk full of things that need to find a home somewhere in the classroom!
Another new teacher came in to work on her classroom today and as she passed through my room she said "I feel overwhelmed just being in this room...you have so much stuff!"
But here was the highlight of my day. My brand new carpet was delivered! I was going to wait until I had everything in place before unrolling it but I just got too excited and curious about how it would look so...
Isn't is BEAUTIFUL!!!:)
So tomorrow, I will return with the goal of having EVERY box unpacked by the end of the day so that I may spend next week on bulletin boards, wall displays, and organization things. I'll be sure to keep you all updated!