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Teacher Spring Cleaning Series Part Three: The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Over the last two episodes, we’ve talked about ways you can do some spring cleaning and declutter and organize some spaces in your classroom. Those two areas were your teacher desk and filing cabinet. However, we know from teaching in our classroom all year long that those aren’t the only two areas that need a good clean. That’s why, in today’s episode, I’m sharing my ultimate spring cleaning checklist so you can feel refreshed and renewed in your own classroom until the end of the year.

By giving you this ultimate spring cleaning checklist, you will have every inch, corner, furniture, and material in your classroom cleaned and organized before school gets out for the summer. It’s amazing how dirty and disorganized our classrooms can get throughout the year, so remember, it’s going to take more than a day to get it clean and organized. Therefore, I suggest completing one task a week to help minimize the overwhelm of all the tasks you need to do.

Another way to help with completing each task is getting your students involved in the process and cleaning. As we all know, our students love to help us, especially when we find creative ways to make it fun and enjoyable for them. I'm giving you different tasks your students can help with and fun ways to get them involved. But what if organizing is something you enjoy and have kept up with all year? Don’t worry, I’ve got tasks for you too! I’ve come up with a few special spring cleaning tasks that will challenge you to start preparing for next year and really deep clean items in your classroom.

I’ve shared before, but spring is a time for renewal, feeling fresh, and gaining clarity. And one way to accomplish that is by spring cleaning your classroom. Not only does this clear the mental and physical space, but it allows you the opportunity to have an entire classroom organization so that when you come back from summer, everything’s already done, and it’s another way for you to start fresh for the new year. So, if you’re looking for a way to freshen up your classroom, listen to and take part in my teacher spring cleaning series!

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

  • Items to include in your teacher’s ultimate spring cleaning checklist and the areas to clean and organize in your classroom
  • How to get students involved in the process and fun ways to make it fun and engaging for them
  • A few special cleaning projects to partake in that will help prepare you for next year and get a deeper clean
  • Why it’s not about doing everything at once but taking the cleaning checklist one task at a time

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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.

💛 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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