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How Classroom Organization Transformed Children’s Learning Experience (and How to Do It at Home)

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San Francisco Day School Classroom “Before”

In 1981, the San Francisco Day School opened its doors to 400 elementary and middle-school aged students throughout the Bay Area. Though campus additions, emerging technology, and enrichment programs brought changes to the school over the past three decades, by the end of 2016, the organization in the school’s classrooms became outdated and insufficient.

Lack of efficient storage created excessive clutter that prohibited a proactive teaching and learning environment, so the school renovated its classrooms in December, 2016, to include new storage solutions and other organizational functions that would completely transformed the way teachers and students utilized their educational spaces.

How The Transformation Helped

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San Francisco Day School Classroom “After”

Not only did the new organization system help to bring order to previously cluttered, dysfunctional spaces, but – most importantly – the faculty and staff immediately noticed a difference in the way students treated classroom equipment with respect, made an effort to stay more organized, and cared for their surroundings. Teachers themselves appreciated how versatile and flexible each system was, and how they could move cabinets to desired locations to create the space that worked best for their wants and needs. Most of all, teachers, students, and administration alike were proud of the transformation and how organized and functional their school classrooms had become.

Find Your Own Transformation

Many of us are in the same shoes as San Francisco Day School – where the need for storage and organization is apparent, but the solution is unknown. And, just as SFDS did, you can find a storage system that works for you. Here are some tips to get you started.

Keep clutter behind closed doors. Open shelving quickly looks disheveled, cluttered, and messy. Invest in more closed door cabinets to visually keep a space looking neat and organized.

 
Leverage vertical space. Lots of us live in older homes, which means higher ceilings. Tall cabinets, armoires, and wall cabinets efficiently use this space for storage. 
 
Think about the needs your room must satisfy and find multi-purpose solutions. Do you need more storage and more counter space? Look for furniture that’s versatile, so everything taking up space in your house is giving you maximum value.
 
Keep frequently used items within reach. One of the reasons our closets, drawers, and cabinets get disorganized is because we don’t have items arranged in a logical way. Keep things you or your children use all the time within reach or even out in the open. Tuck away less frequently used items, with seasonal and rarely touched things in the least convenient spot. 
 
With a little thought and planning, even the most chaotic of spaces can be transformed into an organized space that will help your children thrive.
 
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About the Author: Brooke Cade is a freelance writer who writes for a variety of publications including FlowWall. When she’s not writing, Brooke enjoys reading design blogs, exploring stores, and hitting up her local coffee shop.

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