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Decluttering “On Purpose” Checklist − Schools

Key Question: What is the Purpose of my classroom?

 

Answer: Keep everything On Purpose  − get rid of what isn’t.

Remember: Decluttering Makes Classrooms Healthier,  Easier to Teach In and Clean

 

Sources of Clutter

  • Items from home
  • Objects from other classes, teachers, students
  • Unneeded supplies (markers, pens, pencils, glue sticks, etc.)
  • Hoarding or stockpiling (just-in-case)
  • Gifts
  • Extra or old, off-topic books
  • Unused or partial board games (missing pieces)
  • Stuffed animals, pillows

Helpful Questions

  • Has it been used in the last year?
  • Does it inspire or help teach?
  • Is it required?
  • Is it bulky?
  • Does it collect dust?
  • Can I find it online?
  • Can I borrow one?
  • Who needs it more than me?

10 Minute Decluttering Secret

Get three large plastic tubs and  label them:

1.    “Put Away”
2.    “Give Away or Sell”
3.    “Throw Away”

Take 3 minutes to fill each one in sequence.

  • Ask the custodian to empty the “Throw Away” tub.
  • Take the “Give Away” tub to a local charity; post Sellable items on Craigslist.
  • Work through the “Put Away” tub during class breaks.

 

This information is © The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI), and was prepared for a non-profit organization focused on cleaner, healthier schools.

Decluttering “On Purpose” Checklist − Schools

Created on March 9th, 2017.  Last Modified on November 22nd, 2017

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