Another school year is almost in the books and you're ready to shift your attention away from testing, grading, and partying and towards packing up your classroom and starting your summer vacation.

Experienced teachers will tell you that spending a little extra time and effort on packing up your classroom the right way will make your life much easier in the long run. And it's easier than you think!

So, if you're willing to resist the temptation to randomly throw your stuff into boxes, the following tips will help you pack up the right way, without exhausting yourself. And, as a bonus, you'll ensure yourself a stress-free start when school picks up again in a few months.

1.) Take Pictures First

Save yourself the time of planning and arranging your ideal classroom setup next year by taking a few pictures of what your classroom looks like now. You'll be able to reference these photos when setting up your classroom again in the fall.

Take pictures of what your classroom setup looks like before you start packing up.

Take pictures of what your classroom setup looks like before you start packing up.

2.) Start Early

Waiting until the last second to pack up your classroom almost guarantees a stressful and disorganized experience. By starting the process three or four weeks prior to the last day of school, you can break the task down into smaller and more manageable pieces.

Don't wait until the last days of school to start packing up your classroom.

Don't wait until the last days of school to start packing up your classroom.

3.) Organization is Key

While organizing all of your supplies and paperwork will be the most time-consuming task of packing up, the payoff will be huge when you return to school in the fall. It's much easier to get your things in order now when your mind is used to being in the classroom every day.

Taking the time to organize your stuff before you pack will pay off in the long run.

Taking the time to organize your stuff before you pack will pay off in the long run.

4.) Get Students Involved!

Don't take on the burden of packing up your classroom alone. Your kids will be glad to help you and many of them will willingly stay after school or come in during lunch to help you pack, organize, and clean. 

Your students are like your own personal moving team.

Your students are like your own personal moving team.


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5.) Label Everything

You may know exactly what's in those storage bins right now, but you'll have no idea come the fall. By clearly labeling everything you pack, you can easily prioritize when unpacking again at the start of next school year. If you don't have a label maker, a strip of painter's tape and a sharpie work great!

Labeling helps keep you organized and makes unpacking much easier.

Labeling helps keep you organized and makes unpacking much easier.

6.) Use Packing Tubes for Posters

Classroom posters, banners, and signs seem to always get crumpled and bent during the packing process. You can keep yours in excellent condition and reuse them year after year by keeping them safe in cardboard packing tubes. You can get them at any office supply store for around $5.

Packing tubes will keep your posters, banners, and signs from getting crumpled and bent.

Packing tubes will keep your posters, banners, and signs from getting crumpled and bent.

7.) Throw Stuff Away

The end of the school year is a perfect time to assess which materials and resources are no longer useful. It's ok to throw away items that you never use, especially old textbooks and workbooks that are a pain to pack and unpack. If an item is not adding value to you and your students, get rid of it!

The end of the school year is the perfect time to purge yourself of useless items.

The end of the school year is the perfect time to purge yourself of useless items.

Do you have any additional advice for teachers packing up their classrooms? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
 

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