Junk in your...err on top of the lockers - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

Junk in your...err on top of the lockers

I have been absolutely worthless today.

Actually if you like the glass half full approach, I have been very supportive of American sports.  

In the spirit of doing SOMETHING today, I decided to show you how I am taking care of all the stuff on top of my lockers.

It is very obvious that my school was built in the 70s. We have these accordion style curtains that separate our rooms in horrendous shades of green, yellow, and orange. I am told these colors, in particular the exact colors in our rooms, were very popular in this decade.

Another thing that is very obvious about our building-- not one teacher was consulted in the design.  We have zero, zilch, nada storage. Not one closet, shelf, or cabinet is in any of our rooms.  Where they thought I would store all my "stuff" I am not sure, but it has forced me to be very creative.  There are some teachers that have a neater version of what I have going on (and I plan on showing those pictures one day soon), but I haven't been able to quite figure that method out. 

See I am one of those people that hates seeing my stuff.

As you might guess- the above picture gives me nightmares. I truly hate it. No matter how much purging I do, I still need a large majority of this stuff.  And believe me (or ask my teammates), I LOVE getting rid of stuff. 

On Wendsday I stopped at Hobby Lobby and grabbed 5 yards of fabric. Side note: I am not sure that I know how to drive by that store without stopping.

Next I enlisted the help of one of my sweet teammates to help me sew a hemline, because let's face it, I still haven't mastered much about sewing. 

We have wires strung in front of our walls to hang anchor charts from.   I hung my new curtain over the wire.  

My stuff is gone, or rather, it is hidden!

I know this is not rocket science, but man does it make it feel better to not see that stuff!

Now, all this productivity is making me tired.  It is back to the Olympic games for me. I have developed quite a crush on Ryan Lochte, and I must make sure I don't miss any of his races!

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  1. I also had lockers in my room with storage on the top and I hated how it looked. We also didn't have any storage in our rooms. Well, now I've moved to the other side of the building with lockers in the hall(and a slanted top) and now I miss my locker storage. I have tubs piled in the floor and it is driving me crazy. I would give anything to have a closet or an office.

    Swimming into Second

    1. What genius makes rooms without closets or storage??? It doesn't make a bit of sense!

  2. Neat! I would much rather look at a pretty curtain than my own junk! :)

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

  3. I don't like piles of stuff either. I do like that yours is all organized in drawers though! That is odd that you have lockers IN your classroom. We have cubbies - much cuter looking!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

    1. cubbies would drive me insane! I forgot to say that these lockers also used to be an awful yellow, but they let me paint over them!

  4. We are getting a Hobby Lobby coming to town. I didn't know until reading your post that this store will be the new place to spend money on my classroom.

  5. I really like your curtain. I have a rack that goes from on side to the other side of my classroom. I usually have to stack stuff up there but I hate it. I have been trying to clean out my classroom this year so I don't have to stack as much. We will see:)

    The Busy Busy Hive

  6. Great idea!!! A lot of my friends have "counter skirts". :)
    I love Ryan, too!!!!

  7. I am watching Ryan as I read your post....did you see the interview where he shared his well organized closet and shoe collection ??? You would love that !! He just won the gold medal !! Happy watching :)

    1. I did see his closet! I think he is all around adorable! So much personality (and handsome to boot) :)

  8. I'm jealous of classrooms where you can paint your things. I can't touch anything. I love the lockers. I would much rather have lockers than cubbies, because of the same reason as you hung the curtain. I don't like to see the stuff. And let's face it, first graders aren't always the neatest crew around.

    Learning With Susie Q


    1. Susie- I was just thinking about how OCD I would be with cubbies- all things in backpacks and zipped up :)

  9. Adorable! So much better!
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    Creekside Teacher Tales

  10. I think that looks great. Hmmmm you've inspired me to rethink using fabric. Thanks for the post and go team USA.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  11. We have those awful accordion walls and no storage too. I mean, who thought this was a good design?!?

    The Teaching Thief


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