We recently asked TpT’ers to share their tips and tricks on Instagram and Facebook for keeping their classrooms fresh and orderly. And boy, were we impressed with what we saw: The DIY projects, the color coordination, the perfectly placed bins and buckets, the cozy places for reading… the spaces you’ve created to ensure each child feels comfortable, safe, and inspired. We truly loved every photo and description (with hashtag #TpTSpringCleaning) and have complied 20 spectacular ones right here:

1. From @westside_montessori on Instagram

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“We keep clean-up supplies (like parsley table spray and cloths) handy. Students dust, clean up spills, polish the wooden materials with beeswax, and help to maintain the room. They organize items into trash, recycling, and compost bins and help sort them into big bins at the end of the day. We’ve found that making them keepers of the classroom environment has inspired them to take ownership of its cleanliness and organization.”

 

2. From @missparkak on Instagram

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“This is my favorite part of my classroom. I have 70 book boxes all categorized for my students. I spent some time over spring break reorganizing my books, adding new ones, and straightening everything up. Inspiration for my library came from TpT’er Maria Manore.”

 

3. From @kindercraze on Instagram

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“Spring is the perfect opportunity to clean up and declutter your teacher desk. It’s also a great time to spray paint your ugly file cabinet!”

 

4. From The Brown Bag Teacher on Facebook

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“My biggest tip: Get your students involved with keeping the room neat and clean. My 1st graders do a fabulous job of this. Knowing the room is ‘learning-ready’ keeps me from heading into school on the weekend. It’s AMAZING!”

 

5. From @primarytechie on Instagram

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“After 10 years in the same room, organization is vital! I keep my writing area organized by hanging clear paint cans, metal buckets, and plastic bins on the wall. These hold pom-poms, sequins, google eyes, and everything else you can imagine for arts and crafts. The paint bucket stools contain seasonal art supplies such as Halloween stamps and fun papers. Each bucket holds items for a different holiday. I created a shelving unit on the wall with wooden crates.”

 

6. From @lessonswithlaughter on Instagram

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“I tried organizing by day of the week last year, and it didn’t work too well for me. I’ve had much more success with organizing by subject this year!” The labels can be found in her TpT store, Molly Maloy.

 

7. From Secondary English Classroom on Facebook

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“I offer ‘Clean Study Sessions.’ When students want to earn more points on an assignment, test, or quiz, they come to the classroom before the first bell, and clean and organize while I ask questions and quiz them. For each question they answer correctly, they receive partial credit to help boost their grades, or they receive 1-point extra credit.”

 

8. From @thirdinhollywood on Instagram

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“I love keeping my writing center and word work center organized! I have many activities from which students can choose. I have them displayed on my bulletin board with examples of each type of writing, and the kids can then grab that worksheet out of the labeled folder from the file tub. It works great, and my kids love it!”

 

10. From @2ndgradesnickerdoorles on Instagram

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“I could not possibly serve 60+ RTI students a day if my space was disorganized! I love my labels from TpT Teacher-Author Amy Groesbeck, too!”

 

11. From Teaching With Love and Laughter on Facebook

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“Keep your activities in labeled file folders so you can easily get what you need each week AND quickly put things away so you don’t have piles and piles of stuff to file.”

 

12. From Kimberlee Sloan on Facebook

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“Reading bags that hang keep them easily accessible, unbattered, and not cluttering up inside their desks.”

 

12. From @teachinginhighheels Instagram

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“I love a clean table! Spring is the perfect time to declutter and organize your teacher corner. This is my small group table, and behind it is my shelf full of resources. Under the table, I keep a 3-drawer Sterilite container that holds materials I use during small group instruction. Everything is organized and within reach. I love this little corner; it might be my favorite area of our classroom!”

 

13. From Once Upon a Classroom on Facebook

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“How do I stay organized during this busy time of year? I got so tired of kids losing pencils so I made this simple storage holder. Read about it on my blog!”

 

14. From @secondgradegang on Instagram

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“I keep my room organized by using lots of TpT resources from my favorite Teacher-Authors! This photo is of my favorite spot in the room: the reading area. My latest ‘to do’ is to level my books.”

 

15. From @teachersunny on Instagram

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“I’ve used this classroom library system for several years, and I love it! Here are genre bins that are color- and number- coded (idea and labels from Ladybugs Teacher Files). And take a look at this series bookshelf with spines that are color-coded by author (sticker system from Molly Maloy)!”

 

16. From Sew Much Music on Facebook

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“I make sure to use lots of labeled totes, crates, and baskets to organize my instruments, props, and other manipulatives!”

 

17. From @thebusyclass on Instagram

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“Students have two clothespins with their names on them. When they borrow a book, they clip one of their pins to the basket and sign it out in our library checkout binder. The pins help them remember where to put the books when they return them.”

 

18. From Core Inspiration on Facebook

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“I’m madly in love with these classroom library labels. No need for you to have to put books back in order during spring cleaning because my labels will help your kiddos keep things organized like champs.”

 

19. From @archers_all_stars on Instagram

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“Here’s my first custom table supply organizer! Everything is glued down on a Lazy Susan so it can spin. I hot- glued baby food jars to the sides of the cans for the crayons. I’ll be attaching a magnet to a pencil sharpener to hang on one of the metal cans. I left one side open without cans for glue bottles and glue sticks.”

 

20. From @misskatesdesk on Instagram

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“My classroom library area has cushions, a storage bench with a cushion on top, and lots of cool resources from myself and other TpT Teacher-Authors that make it so inviting for my little readers!”

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Fresh, beautiful, organized, and inviting. LOVE! Be sure to check out hashtag #TpTSpringCleaning on Instagram and Facebook for more photos and ideas.

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