New Blog Design and Joining the Clutter Free Classroom Project

First off, I am SOOOOO thrilled to have a new blog design!  I started this blog about a year ago and have done everything myself.  I've learned a lot but my artistic ability isn't all that great!  Misty and Erika over at Honey Bunch Blog Design helped me out and they did a fabulous job!  I am still tweaking a few things that I want to change but it is mostly finished... YIPPEE!  Here's their button if you want to check them out.
On another note, I am starting the Clutter Free Classroom Project.  These first couple of weeks involved taking pictures of the "clutter".  I took some pictures of my classroom (and some close up shots...) here are a few of them.  I am not the most organized person and I'm not the messiest either.  I'm kind of  a tweeny... is that a word??
I have actually felt more organized this year than I ever had which is crazy when you think about it- I feel like I am working two jobs at times but yet I am more organized.  I'm not really sure how that works.  I do know one thing.  Mel, from over at the pond, had a blog post at the beginning of the school year and one thing she said she does to stay organized with paperwork is to- ONLY TOUCH IT ONCE.  Who knew that this could be such an awesome tip.  When I get my mail, or have papers from somewhere, I have been learning to just put it away- right away- this has been very helpful to me this year.

Anyway, here are a few pics...

Okay... so not too bad so far... here are some close ups on some problem areas- Time to open up the drawers!

OUCH!!  There are things in here that I haven't touched in 8 years...

Well, I do have some more that I will share later.  But, I think this is a good start.  I don't want to freak myself out too bad during the first week!


  1. The behind the scenes stash spots are my problem too!! Here's to organizing them!!!
    Good luck with the project,
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  2. Hi JD, I just found your blog through HoneyBunch, and I LOVE your new, "loud" design! I'm a musician, so naturally, I love it. I'm looking forward to future posts, since I'm working toward becoming a reading specialist.

    The Learning Metamorphosis

    1. Thank you so much! They did a great job!