I just wanted to stop in and share a few organizational tips for Kristen's and Elizabeth's linky party!
I know I am beyond fashionably late to this party, but I still wanted to join!
My room isn't as organized as I'd like, it's a work in progress, but here is what I have done so far!
On the left is all of the books that I've flagged to be used in lessons (not for the classroom library) and I have them sorted by skill or subject. I got these magazine holders from IKEA and they are super cheap. I have had them for about 7 years. They've moved several times with me and have really helped me stay organized! For the plain white ones, they are $1.99 for 5!!! I have used the plain white ones for book boxes for my students in the past, but they do get worn out! You can see I have a white one mixed in, which really annoys me, but since I am a bookaholic, I've had to keep adding boxes to fit all of my books!
I do have them organized by subject. On the top shelf, the burgundy are for writing lessons (separated by genre) and grammar in the silver. The second shelf is all books for reading comprehension skills, and they are separated by skill. The bottom row and then over to the shelf on the right is math, science, and social studies! Because I'm OCD, I have labeled them with the small sized post it notes so that I can change them and move them around as needed...I don't want to write on the boxes but I might should consider making typed labels and use velcro. :O)
Next to the social studies texts on the middle shelf are teacher resource books that I've bought or have been given to me by my school or county.
I love using the plastic drawers for the papers that cover my desk. I'm still working on organizing all of THAT because the paperwork we have to do can be so random! I have some of the drawers already labeled and it has really helped me keep track of paperwork. I also label all of my binders, but I know they are not all cohesive like so many bloggers have made their binders. But it's ok! It's a work in progress! (Stacia gave me that cute owl basket! I love it! It adds character to my shelf!)
Now, the top of the shelves is a whole other dilemma. But, I already know what I am going to do, and now that it's summer, I'll be working on it. I'm going to make a teacher toolbox!! Yay! I'm very excited about it! I have seen it all over bloggy land so I can't wait to make mine!!
Here is how I have organized the shelves over my sink. We get tons of notebook paper for the supply list, but I mostly use journals so we don't use a lot of the paper. I've given away a ton, and this is how much I still have left after this year. I'm not sure where I'll put the new paper that comes in at the beginning of next year. Sigh.
Here's a picture that shows the inside of my metal cabinets and how I store random things:
I love plastic storage containers! I like the clear ones (inside cabinets) so I can see what's in there, but I also like to label them so I'm not constantly having to pull them out. This cabinet can still use some work, though. I need to declutter.
And finally, the bane of my existence right now:
Once I get new containers, I'm going to use Kristen's labels for my library and use velcro! (Which are free at Teacher's Notebook, by the way!)
So, I'm not sure if this is helpful at all, but this is how it works for me right now!
Also, I'm going to link up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching to share a quick picture of items I bought at the Dollar Tree that I can't wait to use next year as rewards for good work and good behavior!
I love the little cones that I can put on their desk when I catch them doing something good and the pencil flags are so cute! They can put them on their pencil when they earn them! I think these are so cute!!
Make sure to head over to these super ladies' blogs and see some of the other ideas linked up!