An organized closet makes me feel so good! What stinks though is it all gets messed up just a few days after I get both Barrett’s clothes and my clothes organized. I always organize our shirts by type (Tank top, dress shirt, t-shirt, etc.) I then organize our dress pants/dresses together and our casual daily clothes together. Somehow though throughout the week they get all crazy mixed up.
What I am coming to the conclusion of is that the system that I have chose is just not working for us. Therefore, I am looking to try something new. I have been doing some crazy research on Pinterest and have found some really cute ideas. I first thought that these would be a great idea, but I then came to the conclusion that Barrett and I both have careers that require us to dress up and the majority of our clothes need to be hung up.
So, after doing some more research, I have decided to try out these. I figured that I could use the blue tags for Barrett’s daily outfits and the pink tags for mine. I feel that by organizing our closet by outfit will not only keep our closet more organized in a way that we need it to be.
Stay Tuned for an update on how our new system is working!
So as some of you know, Barrett and I recently bought our first home and we absolutely love it. It is amazing the amount of space we have in comparison to our itty bitty one bedroom apartment. Although we miss our apartment just a little bit, because it was our first place together, we are in love with having something that is ours.
Something that we found ourselves doing even before closing was finding projects we wanted to do and things that we wanted for our house. Although this was exciting, it got expensive quick when we started to add it all up. So of course, we had to take a step back and look at our priorities. We knew that we needed a washer and dryer right away because…well we like clean clothes. We did not, however, need a new kitchen table right away so we put that on our lower priority list.
What we have done is created three separate lists. Our first list contains everything that we absolutely need and is first priority, things that need to be done within the next month. Our second list contains everything that we really want to get done but is not an absolute necessity, things that we want to get done within the next 4-6 months. The last list that we created contains things that we want but we know that we really won’t be able to afford for a while, things that can be completed within the next year or so.
There is really no way specific way to choose which category your projects fall in to except for what is most important to you. What can you live without for now and what you cannot live without.
A Teacher’s Passion
Teaching is my greatest passion in life. Ever since I was a little girl, I have known that being in the classroom is all that I want. Every day when I wake up in the morning, I don’t regret, even for a second, choosing this wonderful profession. Being there for my students and helping them fill their brains with knowledge is enough fulfillment to last me a lifetime. There’s a certain feel about a classroom that makes my heart skip a beat when I walk in. The smell of dry erase markers, the desk plates that show ownership for each kid, the set up, the furniture, and the accessories that go along.
Organization is the key
To have success in the classroom, organization is a must. Training your students to keep everything neat and tidy is crucial to your sanity. The best way to do that is to provide all the tools for them to keep your room organized. Having office bins can be helpful as well as supply bins for each table. I am also a huge fan of color coding my tables with the the supply bins so that you can call your students up by table colors and organize all of their folders, binders, and book covers according to the color of their table.
Having motivational and educational posters around also helps the room to feel more warm and less bare. Having a cute border around your bulletin board that matches the theme of your room always makes the room come together. I have noticed that when your classroom is done up nice, the students respond better and feel more at home.
The Reading Corner
Having a nice reading corner is always so important to me as a teacher. The kids need to love reading and when they have a reading corner with comfy seating, good books, and pleasant lighting! Reading should be relaxing and it is our job as teachers to make sure that our students have a comfy reading corner to enjoy.
The Mini Lesson Zone
This area is so important to students learning and collaborating. The mini lesson zone is where the whole group learning happens. You want to be sure to have a comfy classroom rug where each student can have their own space. You also want to be sure to have a nice comfy chair for read alouds.
I hope that these four tips help guide you to inspiration for your classroom! The environment that we teach in is so important not only for the students, but for us as teachers. If our classroom is bland and boring, then we will probably be bland and boring!
Today at church we talked about love. We talked about the how of love and about the who of love. Something that really stuck out to me today was when Pastor Todd said, “It is in the loving that the liking will follow.” I feel like this is something so true, but something that we often forget as Christians. We don’t like certain people and we don’t always agree with certain people’s decisions, but as Christians, it is our job to love people unconditionally, through the good and through the bad. It is our job as Christians to love all people despite their flaws, despite their bad decisions. We as believers, are to be the continuing story of God’s love. It is our job to love them and to pray for them to make better decisions and to find the God that we have found and to worship Jesus to become like him and to abide by his word.
So whenever you look at someone and cannot stand them for that moment, remember to love them. Remember to love them in that moment no matter what because “It is in the loving that the liking will follow.”
Lately I feel a bit…well…chaotic! I feel as if I am all over the place and nothing I do has order. I’ve been losing things, I’ve been gaining weight, and I’ve been falling short when it comes to my faith.
I decided to take a step back and really look at what has been going on and realized, I haven’t been living as intentionally as I should have been.
I am dedicating myself to live intentionally. What do I mean by live intentionally? I mean I want to live a life according to what I believe and I want to do everything with purpose. I want to eat with purpose, I want to pray with purpose, and I want to speak with purpose.
Ways I intend to live intentionally:
1. Be intentional about the food being put in my mouth
2. Be intentional about what I say to others
3. Be intentional about the exercise I do daily
4. Be intentional about praying each day
5. Be intentional with the use of my time
I am so blessed to be in this life and I want to make every day of it purposeful.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and ask yourself if you’re living intentionally. By living intentionally, you are being the best you you can be.
I know I have been off the radar the past week and I apologize. This past week I started my final internship in Kindergarten, have been sick as a dog, turned 21, and have been lesson planning like crazy. I have some exciting posts coming up in the next couple of weeks so definitely stay tuned!
I am thankful for my health insurance. I know this one may sound a bit silly, but it is truly a blessing to be able to go to the doctor whenever I need to. Today I was at the eye doctor for a maintenance visit and I was thinking about all the people who can’t afford to go to the eye doctor to get glasses, who can’t go to the dentist for cavities, and who can’t go to the doctor for a cold. I am definitely lucky I am able to do all of those things.