Many of us have designated desks, but a teacher’s desk is something special. It’s packed with creative projects, confidential files, and inspiration for young minds. That means proper desk organization can determine whether the school day is productive or frazzled.
Teachers generally start the school year with the best intentions — they aim to stay organized, tidy, and follow a schedule. But we all know what happens when you get 20 or 30 kids in a single room — plans change, students have their own agendas, and flexibility is essential. Yet some extra attention to the desk area can help the country’s four million teachers maintain balance in a topsy-turvy environment.
The Do’s of Desk Organization
Teachers are provided with standard desks, depending on the school and classroom size. While there isn’t much leeway with the furniture itself, there are numerous add-ons and in-desk storage ideas to amp up organization and productivity.
- Drawer organizers – Every pen, protractor, or crayon should have its own home with modular or customizable organizers for each drawer. This will help ensure smaller items aren’t lost when you need them in a pinch.
- Desktop storage – Keep your desktop neat and tidy with the right storage on top. Stackable, multi-functional files, and stationery holders can house the items you use the most throughout the day. Knowing exactly where these supplies are can save time during hectic days.
- Rolling file cabinet – If your desk doesn’t provide all of the space you need, consider a rolling file cabinet for extra supplies. You can position it wherever makes the most sense for your room, and it can serve as extra desktop space for a printer or other supplies. These file cabinets typically come with a lock, so it’s an easily accessible place to store valuables or confidential files.
- Hanging file folders and frames – Optimal for saving space and improving organization in your filing cabinet, hanging file folders and frames allow you to better organize all your documents and files. Using a removable frame allows you to keep folders vertical to avoid the risk of documents falling out and ensures all your paperwork stays where it should. Most frames are adjustable to fit the size of your desk drawer or filing cabinet. Some folders have built-in dividers, making it easy to subcategorize large sets of files.
The Don’ts of Desk Organization
- Messy desktop – Maintaining a clutter-free desktop will not only ensure you don’t lose track of important papers, but it will keep anxiety at bay for you and your students. Clean spaces are less stressful spaces. They also set positive examples.
- Lack of security – A teacher’s desk is open and accessible, and rightfully so. But this also means the area isn’t secure. Be careful not to store sensitive information on the top or within easy-to-reach drawers. A secure file cabinet or lockbox should be handy as well.
Bonus: Invest in the Right Desk Seating
It takes more than proper desk organization to remain productive all day. The best desk isn’t just neat and tidy — it’s comfortable, too. Don’t neglect your seating! Take the time to find an ergonomic chair that reduces strain on your back and neck so you can remain active and energized for hours on end. You may also want a portable cushion for your bottom or back to add even more support. Additionally, an ergonomic footrest will prevent your legs from hanging uncomfortably and help keep your body in a proper, upright posture to increase circulation and blood flow. A good footrest also lowers the chances of leg pain, stiffness, varicose veins, and blood clots.
Secure Summer Storage
A decked-out desk space is great during the school year, but what about the summer? Consider self-storage for office furniture and other supplies that may clutter your home. Storage West has units of all sizes to meet your needs.