The previous teacher had been in this room for at least 20 years. Before that, she taught at a different district, but it was combined with another, and that's when she ended up in this classroom. So, needless to say there is about 35 years of collecting in this room! The previous teacher also had a COMPLETELY different organizational technique than me...meaning complete opposite...so I have my work ahead of me if I want to keep myself sane this school year! What works for one person doesn't always work for another...
I received the keys to the room yesterday and my hubby came in for an hour and a half with me yesterday to help me do some heavy moving and lifting. Today I spent about two and half hours sorting and cleaning as well. There are A LOT of extra cabinets and furniture in this room that make it feel very cluttered, so my goal is to get things sorted and consolidated so that I can get rid of that extra furniture.
There is also some lower grade paints that I will be donating to our new school supply room (a catch-all for unwanted supplies...teachers can come and give and take as needed), which will hopefully keep teachers from borrowing supplies from the art room! Unfortunately, there is also a lot of paint that I will be tossing because it is completely separated and will not mix back together. Same with about half the glazes. They are either VERY watery or completely dried out. Luckily, all of my elective requisitions were put through this year and I will get everything I ordered for the high school room, all of which will end up replacing a lot of the old stuff I plan on getting rid of.
Once the cleaners get the room cleaned and the floors waxed, I plan on having them move the three pottery wheels from my elementary room into the high school room so that I can have a ceramic nook, which has me really excited!