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Disorganized classroom leads to unprofessional behavior

Posted by Bert Maes on February 5, 2010

Clutter can actually cripple your performance, according to a recent survey on workspace organization.

According to the survey, clutter can lead to many unprofessional situations, with a large number of respondents reporting

  • lost time (47 percent)
  • meeting tardiness (16 percent)
  • and missed deadlines (14 percent)

Margot Sterns reorganized her office from what she called “chaotic and out of control” to a structured work environment that runs faster and smoother than ever.

As a result of the new system, Sterns says she’s saved more time, which has allowed her to take on more clients. She’s even has increased her profits by more than 20 percent. “I do believe [getting organized] is worth the investment of time and money, because what you get back, I think makes it more than worth it,” Sterns says. “Getting rid of all that stuff really made a huge difference in my life.”


  • Adequate illumination: when a building gives you a ‘bad feeling’, it is often because of the poor lighting quality. Enough daylight & light sources brighten up the space and make the students feel more comfortable. Big window glasses help to make the internal environment as pleasant as possible.
  • Color: The underlying principle for all renovations including painting is KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid. Keep color schemes simple, use neutral, pale, cream colors. Grey and white colors reflect light better and make rooms appear bigger. These colors give the space a clean high-tech appearance. The areas will feel efficient, harmonious and consistent. The colors help to create a setting that is welcoming and inviting.
  • Adequate ventilation: create a healthy environment with as low as possible air pollution.

    A good example of an attractive classroom - Bäckadalsgymnasiet Jönköping SWEDEN

  • Comfort: the building should feel nice to be in – bright and attractive – a contemporary feeling.
  • Clean: eliminate clutter, towards a brighter and clearer environment
  • Stimulating: stimulate the senses – add a few eye-catching features, such as colorful modern accents which stimulate, motivate & impress the students.
  • Impact: A school ideally looks and feels good. It makes a strong, individual impression, a strong character, that it isn’t just bland and boring. Help the student to like to be inside of the building, by giving the space a personal, high-quality and fun touch which distinguishes the school from others. Pay attention to details to inspire young minds!
  • Mood: Every aspect of the room you create must maintain the same sleek, modern, sophisticated look. Mood refers to the general look or feeling you want the room to express. The color schemes, furniture, window treatments, floor treatments and lighting styles etc. must all be consistent. Elements have to work together to form a visually pleasing cohesiveness.

DEAR READER, How does your classroom look like? Do you have got more tips for motivating, inspiring learning environments for your students?


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