One of the most important parts of any organization project (whether you are organizing on your own or with help) is finding places to donate and/or recycle the items you no longer want and/or need. This list includes places to donate (with links) as well as recycling info and how to dispose of the really hard to dispose of items. To see the resource list click this link here: St. Augustine/St. Johns County Resources.
I am always looking for new places that accept donations or offer recycling. Let me know if you would like your business/organization to be added to the list.
In light of a new school year coming up...
This project is what turned my dreams of being a Professional Organizer in Savannah, GA a reality.
This was a total of 2 rooms used for storage by this preschool in Savannah, GA. Everything was completely rearranged so that all like items were stored in the same room.
The smaller of the 2 rooms became the "teacher supply and work room" and the other much larger room was designated for "classroom supplies."
Shelving units and bins were purchased for this project some items such as the filing cabinets were re purposed.
In the larger room isles were created from the shelving units to create space and a flow for all the items stored. Everything used with and for the children in the classroom were stored in this room.
Items included: classroom manipulatives, puzzles, items for classroom stations, school library, craft supplies (from paint to coffee filters), educational toys, dress-up clothes, outdoor toys, indoor recess toys, and even a computer station where teachers could check out computers to be used during centers.
Everything was sorted and placed in a bin (mostly clear bins but some opaque bins were re purposed) with a label of what was inside and where it belonged in the room (example: bristle blocks unit 2 shelf 4). All of the shelving units were labeled as well as each shelf. All of the books in the classroom library were separated into categories and labeled according to their category.
The smaller room housed all the teacher materials such as: bulletin board items, staples, tape, trash bags, and construction paper. This room also contained a workstation where there were laminating machines, a cricut, and an Ellison Press to be used by teachers outside of classroom time.
Again everything was placed in bins or in a drawer/cabinet with a label so everyone knew where to find what they were looking for.
The school was also provided with an inventory spreadsheet that listed everything in each of the rooms by unit and shelf location.
Everything had a home and was labeled with it's location for ease in finding it and putting it away. Labeling everything was key and it helped teachers and teachers aids out immensely so they could quickly find what they needed when they needed it :-)
Professional Organizer, mother, wife, friend, and lover of Jesus.