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Teacher Spring Cleaning Series Part One: How to Organize Your Teacher Desk

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Spring is officially here! And I don’t know about you, but spring gives me a sense of renewal, freshness, and new beginnings. One of the ways I achieve that in my classroom is by doing a spring cleaning and organizing the different areas in my classroom. Since this can be a weakness and struggle for many teachers, I thought it was fitting to do a teacher spring cleaning series.

Something I love and enjoy is organizing and finding systems that help me achieve and manage my space. After talking with many teachers, I learned that one of the areas that teachers struggle with is knowing how to maintain a clean teacher desk. Because of that, in today’s episode, I’m sharing my own system and process for how to organize your teacher desk.

We know that a teacher’s desk is the central part of the classroom, or the hub, for both you and your students. It’s where you grade, do your planning, respond to emails, and so much more. So when you enter your classroom in the morning and look at your desk, how does it make you feel? Are you clear and ready for the day or are you stressed and overwhelmed by the mess that’s on your desk? In order to move from feeling anxious to clear, I’m sharing six easy steps to organize your teacher desk.

Each of the six steps asks you to clean, categorize your materials, and utilize organizational tools. I even share an easy and effective way to routinely maintain the organization of your teacher desk. The reason why we’re taking the time to begin spring cleaning in your classroom now is because it will help with packing up at the end of the year and cause less stress. So, starting with the organization of your teacher desk will create a space for ourselves to help us be more productive and reduce the stress in our day.

Inside this week's show, you'll learn:

  • The importance of a fresh space and renewal by organizing your teacher desk
  • 6 steps on ways to organize your teacher desk and helpful tips and organizational tools to go with it
  • Ways to get your students involved in the cleaning of your classroom and desk
  • Why you should start spring cleaning your classroom now and how it benefits you at the end of the year

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

πŸ’› Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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