I am not naturally organized. A few years ago my room was what I would now refer to as a disaster! I had stuff everywhere! Stacks of paper, manipulatives, books etc. where everywhere! My desk was no exception! Some people say that they can work in organized chaos, but let me tell you that I am not one of those people. I must have a place for everything or everything ends up all over my place!
In an effort to tame one thing at a time, I decided to tackle my desk. Enter the teacher toolbox! This little thing has transformed me and set me on a path to organization. It feels wonderful to know where all these odds and ends are instead of having to dig through my desk. Not only does it help me in my organizational mission, it also looks great in my classroom!
Close up of the center drawers.
The left side.
The right side.
I'm not kidding when I say it's transformed my life! Now I want to find a place for everything in my room :-)
Would you like to make your own teacher toolbox? Just follow the instructions below in order to make yourself one and start getting organized ;-)
How To Make Your Own Teacher Toolbox:
- The large drawers are 1.87 inches tall and 4.18 inches wide.
- The small drawers are 1.41 inches tall and 1.85 inches wide.
- When printing, select to print ACTUAL size. (If you print them on "shrink" or "fit to page" the images are going to be much smaller and won't fit correctly on your drawers.)
- Print on regular copy paper.
- Use a trimmer for nice straight lines.
- Laminate your labels.
- Attach them to the outside of your drawers using a glue gun, tape, or other type of adhesive. I used a glue runner which is kind of like double sided tape. Tape and glue runners are forgiving and will be easy to remove if you don't like the placement or want to remake your box later on.
If you are interested in my designs, you can pick up these owl labels here:
Update: I've had several requests for different designs. Make sure to visit my TpT shop HERE for more designs :-)
I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It. Check it out to find more creative projects!