Okay so one of my biggest problems as a teacher is where to put all the stuff: supplies that are being used, extra supplies, manipulatives, center stuff, and I could go on and on. I think this is a problem most teachers have. One advantage I have over some is that I can not stand clutter, so if I don't use it or have not used it recently it's not in my room. Here are just a few ways I organize stuff!
My favorite purchase ever is the 9 cube organizing shelf. Please ignore the two shelves to the left and the right, it is my classroom library. I am still in the middle of swapping over my theme. (to the left was my theme if you are wondering exactly which colors I used). I use these to store all extra supplies that I receive from the students, as well as any extra I may buy when things go on sale. For example, I put extra pencils, extra crayons, extra colored pencils, glue bottles (we don't use them often, I prefer glue sticks), rulers, headphones (for listening centers), highlighters, and so on. Keep an eye out at Target for both the shelf and storage cubes to go on sale. The shelf is worth the money, it does not budge, as compared to other 3 to 5 shelf systems.
Now of course I have to label them, so here is what I do. I use the plastic name tag holders and clips! Easy enough. You can make your own name tag to place inside or just use the sticker names tags, label, and slide them right in!
|You can get these as Office Depot or even Wal Mart, they come vertical and horizontal|
|Attach these to the badges, and clip them on the handles|
|The sticker name tag labels I used in my room.|
|again please ignore the pic, just wanted you to get the idea|
|The plastic ones tend to take up more space than I prefer|
Keep an eye out for more to come!