I always try to keep my desk clean, but I can never seem to manage it no matter how hard I try. It seems like everyday after school my desk is a giant pile of papers...
So I decided to reorganize a desk drawer that I never knew what to do with before because it was so deep. I bought one of these...
...and put it in my drawer. (I think that is what it is for...it just took me a few years to figure it out.) I labeled folders for each class that say "Algebra Today." That is where I put copies for the day so that they don't pile up on my desk. I also keep a folder for the unit next to the today folder. Then after school I can empty the today folder into my bulletin board for absent students and into the unit folder.
It wasn't a perfect system, but it did help keep my desk cleared off. It even helped me to use the drawer to store my papers to grade folder and my teacher binder. This is what it looks like right now...kind of a mess since I haven't sorted anything since school got out!
I turned a wasted drawer into something useful that helps keep my desk cleared off! It felt like a very productive change :)