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I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and a Christian Kindergarten Teacher. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, quilting and creating innovative, hands on lessons for my students.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Classroom Organization Challenge Continued!

In my previous post I told you a bit about my organizational struggles and my habit of storing school items at home. I know I'm not the only one! Here is my starting point, these cabinets have not been truly cleaned out since the beginning of school this year and they are starting to drive me crazy. Since we end school May 25th I am just starting to remove items that can go home, freeing up some space for supplies.

This is my largest cabinet that I spoke of in my last post. There is not much I can do about the bottom area except add a tension rod with theme bags. I have to be able to put the rolling carts in each week. I will however go through all of the filing drawers and tower buckets to see where the storage can improve. I am hoping that all of the buckets and supplies sitting on top of the towers will easily organize into the theme bags and make more space.
In the top section I need to find a better way to store file folder games, my science center supplies and my treasure box. Quite honestly I am thinking of nixing the treasure box all together and just storing a baggie of DumDum Lollipops on the tension rod?

Here is my problem cabinet! books, books, books! They are so hard to store and keep organized, I just end up shoving them into this bottom cabinet along with literacy games that are in huge boxes. The one saving grace with the books are the Ikea red and blue bins. I was able to separate most of my books by like subjects and label the bucket on the side. I separated the sections of books with a piece of notepad paper, this way it was easy for me to grab out my transportation books etc. The problem comes when the books are bigger than the buckets and there is no more room in the cabinet. I need a solution to this problem besides shoving them on top?
I think I will be investing in some streamlined plastic containers with lids so I can get rid of these huge  boxes. The top half of this cabinet needs a complete overhaul, I need to find a way to fit all of the little people houses in one section, they take up so much room but my kids love them. I have a hard time locating certain math and literacy games in this cabinet because they are deep and things get hidden behind one another. I think clear plastic containers that are labeled will help me here.

I would love to hear from you if you have any tips on organizing cabinets that see so much turnaround in supplies. I have just as much as is stored in these cabinets still at home, but I am determined to fit it all in!

Till next time,

1 comment:

  1. Have you seen the idea to buy plastic file hanging type crates to store stuff in? Cut a piece of plywood that fits on top of the crate opening. Stretch and staple material (cut from cheap vinyl tablecloths from a favorite discount store). The little crates turn into seating for short people and they give you MORE! storage space.

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