Tip # 2: Choose one border and stick with it! Use double borders to make your boards pop, using coordinating colors. All of my bulletin boards have red or yellow paper backgrounds with a double border. Every bulletin board has Dancing Dots on black border on the edge with a bordette double border (yellow, red, or blue). Half of my borders have the new 3-D ruffle border trend using bulletin board paper, but it takes a long time and after multiple days of this my sister and I said four boards of ruffle boarder were enough!
Tip #3: Get rid of excess furniture that takes up space. "Centers" mini pocket charts from a local school supply store. (I will do a separate post about how I manage my centers)
Tip #4: Accessorize and organize with coordinating baskets and labels. Leveled library baskets from Really Good Stuff. Primary polka dot labels from School Girl Style
Tip #5: Add stuffed animals and matching books to make your classroom feel more early childhood friendly, cute, and welcoming. This is my own personal tip because I teach first grade and after I started re-doing my room, simplifying, and organizing I felt my classroom was missing a child friendly, cozy feeling. So I added some of my cute Khol's Cares for Kids $5 dollar stuffed animals and matching books to display. The don't take up floor space and they are simple enough to add around the room or remove quickly when cleaning. They don't give off the "cluttered" feel.
Writing station with Cara Carroll's Writer's Eye bulletin board idea adapted with bright colors to match my classroom. Click here to get this writer's eye freebie.
-Rate your writing display from Hooty's Homeroom
-What Can I Write About? anchor chart (traced on poster board using my promethean board) from The Inspired Apple
-Kid Drawn calendar, birthdays, numbers, and healthy habits posters from Carson Dellosa. Y'all I am seriously crazy about these kid drawn posters. They have been around since I first started teaching five years ago,