You made it through another year! Time to celebrate! Woo! Here are a few tips to get you through these last couple of weeks/days.
1. Reflect on the Year(and don’t procrastinate!)
2. Clean Alllllllll the Instruments
3. Take Inventory
4. Purge (and then purge some more!)
Do you really need those issues of The Instrumentalist from 2013? Are your hoarding office supplies that you don’t really need? Are you ever going to read any of those books again? If you want to save an article out of a magazine, pull a few pages out and recycle the rest. Even better, create a few folders on Google docs(Orff ideas, brass teaching techniques, classroom management, etc.), snap some pictures, and store your ideas there.
Donate, recycle, and trash what you don’t need! Make piles and leave the donate pile in the teachers’ lounge.
Need some extra help when it comes to cleaning? Try reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It literally changed my approach to cleaning/purging this year.