When I moved to my new school five years ago, I spent a lot of time and energy rearranging furniture, adding shelves, and organizing my speech room to be warm, friendly, and workable. I tweaked some things throughout the year. By June, my room was exactly how I wanted it to be. Imagine my horror when I came back in September to find that EVERYTHING had been moved around by the summer cleaning crew! Okay, maybe “horror” is a bit strong, but while I was pleased with the shiny floors, I was NOT happy that I had to wrestle bookshelves and file cabinets that at least equal my weight back into their proper place.
At that end of that year, I got smart. I took digital photos of my room in all four directions, printed each on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, and taped them to my wall with a note: “Thanks so much for cleaning my room! Please use these photos as a guide for replacing the furniture.”
It worked! That fall, and every fall since, my room is like I never left it….although definitely cleaner. And it only took me a day to clutter it all up again! 🙂 (Click on each pix to see the full scope, and count all the lips that you see. I collect lips and my kiddos love counting them and discovering new ones!)