Tidy Teacher Tips

End-of-Semester Reset

As we roll into the end of a semester of teaching, students and teachers alike are itching for a much-needed break from the past months. It’s time to breathe and reset our mind, body, and spirit by walking away from our day-to-day tasks and celebrating the season with friends and family.

Before you close the door to your studio, I would like to encourage you to take a little time to reset your workspace so when you return, you can hit the ground running in a fresh environment.

We’ll address three areas that are common in a music studio including our teaching space (around the piano), workspace (around our desk), and student space (such as music lab, waiting room, and prize box/incentive areas) accompanied by photos of my own space getting a refresh.

At the end, I’ll even share a few ways I use “resetting” on a daily basis not just in my studio but in daily life tasks.

 

 

Tidy Up Your Teaching area

  • Put everything back in its place. You may even play around with rearranging items to see if you can find a better workflow.
  • Take inventory of and order stickers, post-its, refills of pens, pencils, erasers, etc.
  • Sharpen up any pencils you have, be sure all the pens are closed.
  • Close all piano lids and push in the benches.
  • Download new assignment sheets or update your old ones for the new semester. (I find using new sheets each semester refreshing. There are plenty to pick from on Assignment Sheet Central!)

 

BEFORE – AFTER
    

*In case you’re wondering, here’s where you can get that rolling file drawer.

 

 BEFORE – AFTER

I know, I know – this drawer was really that messy to start but it’s what I had to work with at the time. 🙂

   

 

BEFORE – AFTER

  

 

 

Tidy up your Work Area

  • Grab some cheap containers at your local Dollar store to help separate items like paperclips, coins, and rubber bands. (Here’s one of my favorites.)
  • Stock up on stamps and postcards for student birthdays. Address and stamp all the postcards that need to go out for the upcoming semester. (See the post Marketing with Postcards: It’s Not What You Think.)
  • Replenish your printer paper and cardstock inventory. Buy paper in bulk to save money and avoid having to grab a new ream every month at the store.
  • Wrap things up – clear away all those piles. Either finish it, put it away, or gather what’s there into a neat stack so it doesn’t look so overwhelming when you return.

 

BEFORE – after

  

See the set of 6 brown drawers on my work table? Those drawers house all my office supplies.

  

 

 

tidy Up Your Student Area

  • Stock up on paper towels, kleenex, sanitizer, bathroom cleaners, and all those office supplies we talked about earlier.
  • Wrap up headphones and put away anything that might have to do with student lab assignments.
  • Take inventory of and order incentive prizes as needed. Even tidying up your prize boxes can help resurface items that may have been overlooked by students.

 

Before – After

  

 

 

Resetting In Daily Life

Here are a few ways that I use resetting on a daily basis to keep me sane! 🙂

Part of my daily routine in our home is that every evening before we go to bed, the dishes are done, the dishwasher is running, coffee is made, and lunches are packed so the morning goes smoothly.

I prep and reset the house for a clean and easy start to the day.

After the morning gets moving and my husband is off to work, I clean up breakfast dishes, tidy up blankets and such from the night before, make the bed, and prep dinner so when we arrive home from work the evening goes smoothly.

I prep and reset the house for a clean and easy end to the day.

When we go on vacation we like to make sure the house is clean and picked up, trash is taken out, dishes are completely done and put away, the refrigerator is as empty as possible, and there’s something frozen in the freezer to eat if needed when we return.

We prep and reset the house for a welcome and relaxing return.

 

 

Tidy Teacher = Happy Teacher

You don’t have to spend hours tidying your space, sometimes just a quick 5-15 minute power pick-up can make a world of difference.

Your future self will thank you.

 


What are some ways that YOU use “resetting” in your studio and daily life?
Share in the comments!


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