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5 Tips to Make Moving Classrooms Successful, Not Stressful!

teacher moving classrooms carrying a box of books

We teachers put so much time and effort into setting up our classrooms! You plan the seating and work areas. You set up storage and decor. It literally takes days (even months) of arranging and rearranging to get it just right. So what do you do when you hear the dreaded words, "You're moving to a new classroom next year"?

I almost passed out. All the work, all the time, all the memories! I looked around and didn’t know where to start. How do I pack? What should I keep? What can I throw away? So many questions. It was overwhelming!

I’m sure you’ve probably felt this same way, maybe even right now. So, I want to share what I’ve learned about moving to a new classroom. Here are my top tips to make the move simple, SUCCESSFUL, and (hopefully) not stressful!

TIP #1 - Take Pictures of Your Old Classroom

If you want to keep some things in your new classroom the same as they were in your old classroom, this tip will save you so much time! It’s really easy to forget what was stored in a certain cabinet or shelf once it’s all put into boxes. When I packed up my room, I took a picture of my bookshelf, which held all of my personal teaching materials, and taped it right to the back of the shelf. That way I knew right where to put the binders and workbooks when I unpacked. You know how it is - once it comes off the shelf, you can never get it quite right again. Taking pictures solves that problem!