You oughta know about teacher organization


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One of my biggest goals for the current school year is to stay organized. You would think that it would be easy to do as a teacher, but I’m being completely honest…not for me! I am in my 6th year of teaching and I never really put an emphasis on setting up storage spaces for myself. Literally, I would have piles of papers on my desk, in my school bag, in hidden places in my room…lol. In my defense, I always had a nest mess! At the end of the last school year, I promised myself that I would do better for the upcoming year. So, I think you oughta know about ways to keep yourself organized this school year…

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I tend to preface my posts by sharing that I am not an expert, but I do love to share what works for me. The first thing that I did in my pursuit of organization was to write down the different things that need to be stored or organized in my room. I wanted a place for practically anything and everything to go.

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I wanted a place to store copies of worksheets or lessons for the week, I wanted a place to store papers that needed to be filed ( I had a towering stack of papers that sat for months on TOP of my filing cabinet…the shame, the shame), and I wanted a place to store papers that needed to be sent to the office or handed out. Next, I had to actually find the storage materials. This summer, I found inexpensive baskets and bins from the Dollar Tree and Michael’s.

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I painted some of them to go along with my theme. Now that I had my storage containers, I just had to create by labels. This was my favorite part!

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I created everything in PowerPoint, printed it out, laminated it, and hot glued it to my storage containers. And voila, I had solved part of my organization issue. I say that I partly solved it, because I had to actually put it into action.

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So far this year, I have used almost all of my storage areas, and I have done so faithfully. I’m sure I will add more storage materials as the year goes on. I really want to provide a place so that literally every piece of paper has its place. I’m loving that I can actually see my desk on a consistent basis!
What do you do In your classroom to keep yourself organized? I would love to read your comments! Now, don’t you love these labels? Well, you might not be able to use all of them, but I’m sure you could use some of them. Go grab them from my TpT store here for free and please leave a rating and comment.
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28 comments

  1. Hi Jasmine! I love your black and yellow "buzzing" theme. Your baskets look great! I use the plastic three-drawer organizers from Sterilite, which were not as good of a deal as your basket finds. It definitely helps my stack issues. :-) Thank you for the cute labels!

    Carrie
    i Heart Second

    The Think Aloud Cloud

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    1. Thanks so much! I love the plastic organizers too. I have a big one in my classroom by my small group table to house our small group items.

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  2. Staying organized is a huge goal for my this year as well. 3 weeks in and I'm feeling pretty proud of myself! Hope it keeps working out for you! :)

    Bryce
    First Grade Stampede

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    1. I hope it works out for you as well. I feel much more organized this year since everything has its place. No more piles of paper! lol

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  3. What a great find! Those baskets look awesome and your classroom looks so organized!

    -Margaret
    iHeartLiteracy

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    1. Thanks Margaret! I'm really hoping to keep it this way all school year long!

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    1. Thanks so much Fern! I didn't know about painting them either. I just went for it one day. I actually used real paint, like that you put on walls. It was much quicker than using those bottles, and much nicer than spray paint.

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  5. I am always looking for new organizing tips and ideas. Love it!

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  6. Wow! I am soooo inspired, Jasmine! I would love to read a blog post about how you painted your baskets! That is awesome!!!
    Best wishes!
    Jen
    TeacherKarma.com

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    1. Thanks Jen! I just knew I should have taken pictures of the process. I actually used the type of paint for walls to paint them. The orginial colors of the baskets were bright colors so I needed alot of coverage. I did 2 coats for the black baskets, and about 4 for the white ones :-)

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  7. I love the idea of using baskets to organize everything!! I need to go check out Michael's today!

    Stephanie
    Mrs. Cain's Creations

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    1. Yes, go check them out! I was lucky to catch these baskets at ridiculously low prices this summer, but they might have a collection on sale. The Dollar Tree and Big Lots also have nice storage bins and containers.

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  8. I also scored some cute baskets from a clearance sale at Joann's about 3 years ago. They hold everything! My favorites are the small baskets that fit inside desk and cabinet drawers to hold markers, pens, highlighters...anything small. They keep the drawers from being a jumbled mess. Thanks for sharing your organization tips!

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    1. I'm so glad that you said that, because that is my next task! I have alot of small cabinets that need to be organized. Using small baskets would work perfectly for that!

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  9. I think I'm the opposite, I love organizing too much! I spend a ridiculous amount of time on organizing and reorganizing, and even organize my friends rooms, or secretly envision how there rooms could be more organized, lol. Thanks for sharing, it looks great!

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    1. Lol there is nothing wrong wit that! It is great that you are so organized. You should share some tips that you use in your classroom. I feel like I'm a beginner organizer. I think that you might be an expert organizer!! lol

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  10. Jasmine,
    You're classroom looks great! Thanks for sharing about Michaels! I'm always trying to make my classroom more organized so I am so glad you posted and are giving me some help with this!! :)
    Melissa

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    1. You are so very welcome! Hopefully the info and the labels are useful :-)

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  11. Thanks for setting up this linky again. I love your baskets! I'm trying a similar organization system this year, but I find that I still have piles of papers on my desk! Good luck staying organized this year.

    Cheryl
    Techie Turtle Teacher

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  12. I really need to do the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday thing but I have no place to store the baskets. For right now I just have subject baskets where they turn their papers in.

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  13. I love that your system allows for stacking instead of filing. I am a stacker. Love it! Teaching Science With Lynda

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  14. Who doesn't love a great deal! When I see something I like on sale I always stock up, you never know when you will need it.
    Thanks again for hosting the blog hop. I love seeing what others are up to.

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  15. You got the easy and fun part done now comes the hard work and dedication needed to keep things this way! Looks like it will work out well for you.

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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  16. 80% off at Michael's!! Oh man! Great deal!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Linda
    The Purple Teacher

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  17. This was such a great Blog Hop. I am super grateful to have been a part of it! I couldn't agree more on the organization front. My teammates give me a hard time for being so organized, but who do they ask when they need something?! I love the labels that you made for your baskets, they really pop!

    Marcy
    Searching for Teacher Balance

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  18. Those are great organizing tips! I can only imagine the files that you’ve been trying to organize each year. I wonder, how did you manage to come up with different storage techniques to dissolve the clutter? I do hope you’re satisfied with your new storage baskets. You might also want to try other storage bins where you could put your student’s books and artworks. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    Iris Conner @ AGAME

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