Sunday, June 9, 2013

Getting Organized

 Time to join the party.... An organizational linky party, is my kind of party!

I do not like clutter. My classroom is full of stuff and although it can be hard to tame the clutter - I try very hard every year to reduce the clutter. I like things to have a place to go and for kids to have access to what they need without it always being "out." Mostly, having clutter around drives me crazy and is a constant distraction until it's cleaned up... must be the OCD side of me. So, this year, to help contain my clutter (aka my desk of "stuff") I made a teacher toolbox I saw on Pinterest. I wasn't sure I was going to like it all ... but after using it the entire year, I'm in love with it! I kept it on a shelf behind my desk so I can easily access the stuff but it wouldn't be out in the open on my desk. It was a an easy project and a great way to organize my school supplies this year!

Here's the finished project! I went with a cupcake the theme and added the ribbon to help it tie into my library's green, teal, and pink color scheme. I don't do everything matching in my room but a little consistency is nice! The paper and ribbon were under $5 dollars each from Walmart and the tool organizer was under $20 dollars last year at Home Depot.

Overall, I was very happy with my project and how it turned out! It was budget friendly & looks adorable! This bin was also great for keeping my lovely students out of my supplies.

Here is the student supply area in my classroom... this picture is actually several years old. I've made it much cuter over the years! But since we're banished from the school (due to new floor wax), I can't get a more recent shot. Now the labels on the drawers are brightly colored pencils and I've cute-ified the rest of the area as well. Okay, back to the supply area, I use my science test tube holders as a scissor and pencil sharpener rack and then the sterile drawers are used to hold random supplies the students may need. It works out well except when the students start to gobble up my supplies! I don't notice until one of them opens a drawer and comes to tell me there are no supplies left! It is a good concept but is not always the most practical when an entire table loses their scissors and needs to get up and go to the supply area.....

So I have a new idea! I found this organizational gem on Pinterest....

My idea for next year is to create these mini-drawers. One for each table. If I have a table monitor or captain, they can help me keep track of my supplies so they don't all vanish at once next year. I'm hoping to include a glue stick, some scissors, colored pencils, crayons, and markers in each bin. The table can come get their "drawer" when we need them and then put them back. This will also save time from everyone rushing over the supply station at once. I'm going to keep my larger drawers for extra supplies but I've already purchased two addition sets of drawers in teal (Target has cute colors right now!) for $9.99 each. Let's hope this helps me manage my clutter and supplies for the classroom! For under $20 bucks if it helps keep me sane, I'll take it!

Now of course, I have to make them cute and match the rest of my classroom so I found these cute FREE labels on Pinterest.I labeled my new drawers with these super cute polka dot circles! You can get them here if you'd like to use them as well! They are FREE :)

Do you have a way you like manage your classroom supplies?



  1. Amanda,

    I'm really curious about your idea with the table drawers! My district just invested in a new reading series, which means 2 additional text books in their desks. I'm trying to determine how to keep their supplies neat and tidy and how to keep myself sane!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  2. I am a bit OCD when it comes to my classroom too. Everything HAS to have a place and a label. LOL. I am the label queen. :)

  3. I love this idea of having a supply bin per table. I tried having one last year and leaving it at the table, only to have all of my supplies played with during my lessons. But, if I used the captain idea to go and grab the basket only when it was needed...well, that's a smart idea! Thanks for the tip and thanks for linking up :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  4. oooo...I loved this! I am a huge fan of plastic drawers too. Your toolbox is absolutely adorable, I just love the theme! Thanks so much for linking up with us :)


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