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Extreme Makeover: The Uncluttered Teacher

We had no idea what we would find when we walked into Steve Dillon’s classroom. At first glance, it didn’t look too cluttered aside from a messy desk and counter top, and I wondered if we had driven three and a half hours from San Francisco to Corning for nothing. But a closer examination inside desk drawers, cupboards and under the desk revealed years of accumulating stuff that was ready to be tossed out. You can read all about that in the September issue of the California Educator.

"Items included phone books from 2007, calendars from 2009 and a booklet on how to stay organized buried beneath the rubble."

What we found in Steve Dillon’s classroom: An extremely nice and generous man who was willing to go public with a problem common to many teachers: clutter. He openly shared how it got there over the years and the challenge of getting rid of it now. I don’t know if I would be brave enough to let someone go through my things, knowing that they would write about what they found and put it in an article for 325,000 readers.

Items included phone books from 2007, calendars from 2009 and a booklet on how to stay organized buried beneath the rubble. But Steve Dillon was willing to do that, and I think our readers will benefit from his journey, aided by Thermalito teacher Tammy Duggan, who happens to be a professional organizer and author of The Uncluttered Teacher. So thank you Steve and Tammy for giving us an uncluttered, behind-the-scenes look at how teachers can be better organized for the new school year.

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