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End of school year prep!

by | Balance for Educators

Have you ever gotten to the end of the school year and realized just how much you need to do before the last bell rings?

I know I have!

Last year was especially difficult as there was construction happening at my building over summer and when school ended, we weren’t allowed back in our classrooms until the fall!

This year… I’m starting my prep early and I’m already reaping the benefits.

And I invite you to do the same!

Let’s begin with why…

  • A clean space helps create a clear mind!
  • You’ll be able to find what you’re looking for with ease
  • Being organized can help you become more efficient and increase productivity
  •  It reduces stress and anxiety
  • It creates a healthy learning environment

So… set aside a little time each week, even if it’s just 15 minutes, and you’ll be well on your way to having an easeful and relaxing transition into summer vacation.

Spring Cleaning – teacher style!

Start with just one space so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.

Whether it’s your desk, filing cabinets, or other storage areas, take a look at what you need or want and also what you can toss, repurpose, or give away.

Apply the rule about clothing to the classroom.

If you haven’t used it in the last year, toss it, repurpose it, or give it away!

Digital cleanse.

Are emails overflowing in your inbox? Are there files that you no longer need just taking up space in your computer? Take time to look at what you’re holding onto… and what you no longer need that can be put in the recycling bin.

Give your classroom a spring cleaning.

Even if you have someone who cleans, grab a bottle of windex for the windows, a microfiber cloth for dusting, and your hand-vac and do a little extra deep cleaning. I like to use essential oils when I clean, as it not only helps disinfect but it also smells amazing! Lemon and peppermint are my favorites for this.

Give your walls a refresh.

Are all the posters you have hanging up still in good shape? If not, bring a little something new into the class and take out the old. Or try moving things around and feel how even doing just that can create an energy shift and a sense of “newness”. Maybe even bring in a plant or two to brighten up the space!

Take a look at your bookshelves.

Are they organized and dust-free? Any old books that you want to swap out for new ones?

After you’ve done all the other tips, stand in the doorway, take a deep breath and look around.

Is there anything else that can be thrown (or given) away, cleaned, or moved to a different location?

Amy Necci

Amy Necci

Balanced Life Mentor for Educators

Hi, I’m Amy (she/her)!
•PA Teacher 20+ years•

I consider myself a teacher and student every single day. I empower educators with self-support tools so they can live their BEST life!

As a teacher myself, I’m especially passionate about serving educators and feel strongly that learning self-support strategies can benefit anyone at any stage of life. In mentoring educators, my goal is to cultivate a space of acceptance and comfort, offering the people I support permission to be themselves, trust themselves, and grow at their own pace.