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Help- relocating!Can I pack my classroom too?
Old 03-01-2018, 07:56 PM
 
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Yikes...I'm relocating because of my husband's job to Melbourne Florida from Kansas City...big change but exciting!
Our moving truck is SMALL and we can only bring a limited amount of things so...
I'm super stressed about my classroom things...Have you moved across states to teach? Is it easier to just leave everything behind and start fresh in hopes of a school that will provide what I need?
I'm thinking about my crate seats I made, my decorations around my jungle theme, my fake trees, my literacy games, my files from month to month, my book boxes?!?
(stuff that will drive the hubby crazy to squeeze in!)


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I wouldn’t count on a new school providing those things. I never did themes so I probably would skip the fake trees to save space
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Can you ship or store?
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Look into pricing of these choices
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I agree that you shouldn't count on the new school.

For me, my biggest focus was on preserving my classroom library because I have over 1200 children's books. I basically piled my car full of the books, book baskets, and rolled up my classroom rug. I didn't worry about much else. Here are some classroom pics of the new classroom after I moved...everything besides furniture, bulletin boards, and the globe were brought in by myself. Also, all of my files are digital so that really helped.

http://teachersagainststress.blogspo...chool.html?m=1 (scroll towards the bottom)
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You probably already thought of this, but your monthly files can go inside your seat crates to save space in packing. I definitely second the classroom library coming along with you.


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I have moved across states and to new schools as well. I invested in some decent plastic bins. I was glad I did because twice I have moved into classrooms that were completely bare. I mean completely - not so much as a forgotten paper clip in them.

Keep your classroom library. Store items in the crates. Bring your games and files. Book boxes can stack one inside the other. I filled up at least a third to half of a garage after one of my moves.

The most important point would be - don't think there will be materials for you or that the school will buy much for you. Budgets being what they are now, that seems unlikely.

I used to make a joke and say I came "fully equipped."
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It definitely is a balance. I would see what it would cost to ship the items that are difficult to replace or expensive to replace. See if it is worth shipping. See about those shipping pods. That might be worthwhile. I like the idea of stuffing stuff in your car, too.

If the cost for shipping is too much, and I expect it might be... What about taking just the tops of your seat crates? You can easily buy more crates.

Does your dh understand how much money and time is involved in replacing your school stuff? It might be more economical in the end to rent a bigger truck to take your stuff in. I wouldn't want to get rid of all my stuff either. On the other hand, I have a lot that I have saved "just in case" and haven't used for years.

Good luck on your move.
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I also wanted to add that it helps to do a lot of decluttering. I probably paired down 50 percent of my stuff leading up to the move. I left behind anything that I purchased with school funds or anything that I hadn't used within a year.
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The link to the teachingstressblogspot address says it has moved.
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The books Spaces and Places by Diller was an excellent resource for me to let go off tons of materials I no longer could find a purpose for. Not sure how much time you have now for scanning files into google docs, but that was a life saver for me.


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