Where I taught, we had to have all materials except desks and chairs up and off the floor, and all moveable bookcases emptied. Built-in bookcases had to be covered in paper. Then we could finally turn in our keys and start our summer.
I always started packing up my room the last couple of weeks before the end of the year. I'd slowly put away things that weren't crucial to instruction. Then that last day, I'd
Before you are pack away materials this year, grab a box and label it "Open Me First." Then, as you pack, put in those things that are vital to setting up your room.
I included a stapler and staples, scissors, tape dispenser, blank labels for labeling student materials, file folder of back to school ideas, Kleenex, bulletin board decor for beginning the year, writing utensils - markers, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, and so on. I'm sure you can think of plenty more.
Once it is full, make sure it is placed somewhere you can easily find it when you come back in the fall. Then you'll be ready to go without ransacking all the other boxes.
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