Clear the Deck
My best tip for organizing your teacher desk is to only keep on it what you use daily. For me, that includes my room phone, tape, stapler, pen/pencil cup, 3-tiered paper tray organizer, and my computer.
The 3-tiered paper tray organizer is a huge help. I use the top tray to neatly store “action items” (e.g., items I need to photocopy), the middle tray for less urgent items (e.g., education articles I want to read), and the bottom tray is for other miscellaneous items (e.g., labels). In my desk (that can be locked), I keep office supplies that I use regularly (but not daily), a file folder to organize confidential items (e.g., emergency contact information for my students), and a spot for my purse. I find that organizing my desk this way makes my space a neat, organized, functional, and purposeful place for my work.
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