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
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.
CUTE LABELS for YOUR FILE FOLDERS
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
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.
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
Line the bins with construction paper for kid friendly sorting and organization.
BOOK BINS for INDEPENDENT READING
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
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.