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Organizing Tips

I'm linking up with One Extra Degree to share with you some organizing tips. Let’s start with some of my MUST have supplies for organizing- Binders, Page Protectors, and Packing Tape.

Binders- They are great for organizing teaching units, lesson plans, and more. This year I have filled 4 huge binders with all of my favorite tpt/blog worksheets. Before this system, I had papers stuffed in filing cabinets and folders. It was one huge mess!  I am such a visual person so this system has been wonderful for me. Binders are not only a great way for teachers to stay organized but my students love them too! Each student has their own BEE binder. It keeps them so organized. To check out more on how I organize my BEE binders, click here.

Packing Tape- Have you seen this cute pin? I use so much packing tape. The best tip is to use packing tape for your Books on CD. I use packing tape to store all of my CDs for the Listening Station. Instead of using ziplock bags, you can tape the CD cover directly inside of the book. I usually tape it where the slot is facing up to prevent the CD from sliding out.

Page Protectors-They work wonders. The possibilities are endless and did you know you can still make copies even if the originals are in page protectors? I love page protectors as little cheat sheet necklaces. Here is a cute alphabet one. They are great for wearable signs and posters. My students love to be "green" by using them in my word work station with dry erase markers. You can also cut them and make them any size!


  1. So LOVE your file cabinet!!!! I painted mine last year in chalkboard paint but it is still kinda blah.....I would love to cover the fronts of the drawers like you did!!!! Super classy!!! Thanks for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. oooo the file cabinet turned out great!!! I might have to do that, but I don't have access to mine until August :/

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  3. The filing cabinet is on my list, too. I was thinking scrapbook paper and Mod Podge, but contact paper would be so much easier! Thanks for the tip :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  4. I love your colored cans! I inherited one of those Lakeshore crayon holders, but they are cardboard and the color is starting to come off. Plus one of students poked holes through the plastic bottoms. :/ I still have the "rack" they came in. I think the cans will fit in there nicely! Thanks for the idea.

    My Different Worlds

  5. I'm loving your file cabinet! I definitely need to do mine this summer!
    Michelle @ Smitten With First

  6. Just discovered your blog this weekend and have added it to my Google Reader so that I don't miss a post. LOVE the idea of using packing tape to keep CDs with books. I've used baggies for years, but it takes up so much more room. I'm switching to your method...thanks for the idea!

  7. LOVE the "Monday Made It"! I'm so glad to have stumbled upon that through your blog! I'm such a crafter, anyways, and now I can "borrow" others' ideas. Your things are SO cute! Too bad I can't change my school file cabinet (it's campus property), BUT I'm definitely going to put that on my "to-do" list for my home file cabinet! So cute!

    Happy Monday!
    Just Tinkerin’ Around

  8. I love your file cabinet! Your giveaway is awesome too!

    Little Treasures

  9. I too love your file cabinet.

  10. Jealous of the filing cabinet!! That is on my summer list, but my cabinet is in my classroom and I can't get in until a week before school!! It may have to wait. I am going to be sewing a project soon, can't wait to link up!!

    Surfin' Through Second

  11. You have inspired me, I have some really ugly file cabinets. I am going to improve them before school starts. Thanks for sharing.


  12. I love the cabinet!! I would love to do something similar when I get into my classroom again... in about a month!
    I would like to clear out my filing cabinet to make room for my student's organizational binders!!!
    I want to try putting all of my files into binders and page protectors... that's my tip ;)

    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  13. I've also seen people use wrapping paper to modge podge onto a file cabinet. I definitely want to cute-ify mine. My tip would be to make a class list with check boxes and make several copies at the beginning of the year. You can grab one if you need to check off homework, unit tests, assessment scores. You can read more here http://dualkinderteacher.blogspot.com/2012/05/binder-organization.html
    First Grade Dual

  14. I love your file cabinets too! Super cute.

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  15. You have been busy! Love how your filing cabinets turned out!
    I am your newest follower!
    :) Tamera

  16. Looks like you are enjoying the entire organization project. It's good news 'cos without enthusiasm, you will never finish anything. I hope that your students and co-teachers will be inspired and motivated to do the same thing like you do. Less mess means more space and spare time for other activities.

    -Ruby Badcoe @ WilliamsDataManagement


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