Well, it is just 3 days into my summer and I am already planning for next year. What can I say I am a teachaholic! I also have to tell you that I did not meet my husbands challenge of fitting everything school related into my classroom cabinets (Sigh). Instead I made a deal, instead of a pile in the garage, living room corner and dining room I am going to organize it all into an old tv armoir that we are no longer using and the rest goes (ugh!). I did manage not to bring anything home this year from my classroom and did fit a good amount of what was in the house into the classroom cabinets but there just wasn't enough space.
So, I am starting to plan a new storage system for next year. Everything alike goes together, not a new concept but in a classroom that everything goes in and out each week this could save me a bunch of time. So, first things first, I am going to designate each cabinet for a specific purpose. I have this done to a point but need it more detailed. My major needs being:
Math and Literacy Centers: store in poly folders and envelopes, wipes containers when necessary.
Science Centers: store in Ikea 1.99 plastic stacking bins.
Little People homes and pieces: pieces are stored in zipped linen bags, works great for fitting around the houses.
Manipulatives: organize each box/bucket according to how it fits best with others, largest cabinet. Storage towers with 10 buckets already filled with as many of my manipulatives as I could fit.
Book Bins: buy book specific magazine file type bins to seperate my books by theme and label.
Curriculum: in filing cabinet and cabinet directly above
Miscellaneous: as organized as possible, I'm going to try to have an open cabinet for overflow (we shall see.)
I will start by taking pictures of each of these cabinets organized and hang it on the door with a list of what is inside. Some of my less used supplies will be hidden from view but still need a place to live.
My worse offense is shoving materials into cabinets where they do not belong. I am making a promise to myself! I will no longer allow myself to be lazy at the end of the week! I suppose this is the biggest lesson I have to learn!
Till next time,