Saturday, January 12, 2013

Books, Books, Books

I want to begin by saying...I LOVE ORGANIZATION.

However, finding the time to organize is difficult.  Other things seems to be more important and sometimes organization just gets placed on the back burner.

Over the summer, I had a little extra time and I was able to go through MOST of my theme books.  Now...just to go through my theme books is an AMAZING task in itself since I have been teaching for over 20 years and have collected QUITE A FEW BOOKS (I think I could open my own library).

So as I was saying, I reorganized them.  I sorted!  I purged!  I even threw some books away (they were simply unsalvageable).  By the time I had done all of that work (which I think took about three days), I was:


Yes, you guessed it, ALL OF THE ABOVE.

I simply put all the books back up on the shelves in any basket I could find. Ugh!

What I don't like about this project is that IT ISN'T COMPLETE!


The baskets don't match!

There are no labels on the baskets!

A few baskets didn't even get sorted! 
I found these hiding in my girls bathroom after the fact.

And, I was going to add my listening books as well to each theme basket to make it easier for me to find them when I need them.  That didn't happen!

So that is where I am at with this clutter project.

I think I am comfortable with the way in which I am organizing my theme books, however, I would love to hear how you organize yours. you have any suggestions on how I can make this way of organizing my theme books better?

So finally, here is my mantra regarding this project:

I will try my best to stay calm and, hopefully, find the time to complete this unfinished project.

I though that maybe by linking up with the Clutter Free Classroom project, that maybe I will actually be more motivated to complete this task this time.

Wish me luck!

Happy Blogging!


  1. I am in a very similar boat. I buy and buy books - amazon and scholastic mostly. I even have a paid lifetime membership to (to catalog my books). But still it's a B-I-G job. To really make librarything work I have to tag or categorize each book.
    Anyhow, I'm curious to see what others are doing, too.

  2. I've linked up, too... I hope you have lots of luck getting things organized!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  3. I agree--TIME always gets in the way! But, not this time!! LOL!
    Good luck with the challenge,
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  4. Aghh..I should link up, too! My classroom cupboards are completely out of control. I have a report card work day on Friday and hope to use it on organizing instead:). Good luck with all of your organizing fun. Your craft room looks AMAZING by the way!

    Kindergarten Kel