Now that spring has finally sprung, you may be thinking about embarking on a spring cleaning mission in your classroom. Follow these top tips to get your classroom sparkling.
SPLIT THE CLASSROOM INTO SECTIONS
Cleaning and organising a classroom may seem overwhelming at first, but by breaking it down into smaller sections, you can focus on one area at a time. The easiest way to do this is to split your classroom into dedicated sections, so, for example, you may have a shelving area dedicated to files, an area with bulletin boards, an area with resources for classroom activities. Once each section is complete, you can move on to the next, and before you know it, you will have a clean and tidy classroom.
Donate, keep, throw away
Make three piles – donate, keep and throw away. With every item, book, or scrap of paper that you come across as you tidy your space, add it to the most appropriate of the three piles. If it hasn’t been used for over a year, think about someone else who could make use of it and consider donating, but if it’s something that really should be thrown away, do it. Keep what’s important, and by clearing space and finding a home for everything, keeping on top of your classroom clutter in the future will be more manageable.
LOVE YOUR LABELS
You can never have enough labels! Labels make everything instantly feel and look more organised, helping you to find exactly what you’re looking for when you need it. Labels don’t have to be expensive, and you can make them as simple or as artistic as you wish but make sure everything is clearly labelled.
SCRUB FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Any good cleaning guide will always advise cleaning from the highest point to the lowest, so start with ceilings and walls, moving on to surfaces and furniture and finish with your floors. Look for any areas that may need a bit of simple freshening up with a lick of paint or some seasonal art or decoration. A clean, welcoming classroom that smells fresh and looks organised contributes to a more positive learning experience.
Let the light in
As the winter darkness has lifted, its time to make the most of the sunshine to brighten up your classroom. Consider moving furniture or rearranging your space to make the most of any natural light. Our modular classroom buildings have a range of designs to suit your classroom needs, with various options for windows and patio doors to bring that all-important natural light inside.
MAKE YOUR SPRING CLEANING LAST ALL YEAR
Overhauling your classroom to get it in tip-top condition takes time, and once you’ve got everything sparkling and in the right place you want to try to keep it that way. Create a simple routine to keep on top of cleaning and clutter throughout the year by setting aside some time once a week for a quick clean, or incorporate some simple cleaning tasks into your daily routine.
GET THE CLASS INVOLVED
Encourage your class to get into the habit of keeping their classroom clean and tidy by making it into a fun activity, for example, by putting on a song and challenging the class to get everything clean and tidy and back in its place before the song is over. By using creative ways to get the class involved, cleaning no longer feels like a chore and it’s a great way to keep the classroom in order with everyone pitching in.