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August 11, 2019 1 Comment

If you are getting the itch to clean, purge, and reorganize your work spaces, here are some of my favorite tips.

CLASSROOM LIBRARY BENCH

This clever idea come from Kristin at A Teeny Tiny Teacher. She used IKEA bookshelves (sold here)  and turned them sideways. She made bench pads using foam and outdoor fabric for extra durability. To fill in the gap in the corner she placed a table with a lamp. I think this is an attractive and practical library solution.

SHOE SHELVES for ADDITIONAL STORAGE

shoe rack shelving

Utilize the space above counters and tables by adding low shelving designed for shoe storage.

MAXIMIZE FILE CABINET SPACE

The sides of your file cabinet are prime real estate when it comes to organizing your class room. The magnetic surface is ideal for use as a bulletin board. To make it fancier, simply add some colored paper and a border. Another use is for a narrow pocket chart.

file cabinet

 CUTE LABELS for YOUR FILE FOLDERS

CCS-Labels-for-folders-clos Who says organization can’t be cute AND functional? These labels are available for Kindergarten through 4th grade. Subjects include math, reading, language arts, writing, as well as speaking / listening. Click on the picture of the label to download a set for yourself.

CHAIR POCKETS by HOME DEPOT

home depot apron chair covers

How about this clever idea of using tool aprons from Home Depot as chair pockets? A quick fix without the use of a sewing machine!

 

END CORD CONFUSION

Sometimes the power strips in my room look like twisted licorice. This is a simple way to identify your cords. Save the plastic tabs from bread bags. Label with a permanent marker for easy identification.

cord organization

MARKER STORAGE

marker storage Combine a wine rack with some plastic tumblers to create the perfect markers or colored pencils storage rack. Students can easily find the color they are looking for which saves time and increases productivity! Plus it looks really cute too!

 

CRAYON STORAGE SOLUTION

crayon organization

Line the bins with construction paper for kid friendly sorting and organization.

BOOK BINS for INDEPENDENT READING

book drawers

I use these drawers for my students independent reading books. I label each drawer with their name. Inside they keep their Good-Fit Books, a pencil, and reading log. When it’s time to Read to Self, they pull out the drawer and take it to their reading spot. Best of all, the top of the unit doubles as extra counter space! I got mine at Michael’s craft store with 40% off coupon.

 

COLORED PAPER STORAGE

paper storage This idea comes from my love for scrapbooking and cardmaking. Use hanging file folders to sort and organize smaller pieces of construction paper. They are less likely to get bent or torn, and much easier to locate and use. This tip saves time, money, and frustration.

Alison Monk

When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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  • Laura June 23, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    I love the idea for using the side of the file cabinet. I will be trying this in my office! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Laura
    https://discoveringhiddenpotential.wordpress.com

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    My name is Alison. I'm a veteran teacher with a passion for supporting teachers like you with practical effective tips and engaging resources. I love children's literature, Golden Retrievers, and gardening. Read More

    About the Literacy Garden

    When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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