Organization Ideas That Will Save You Time!

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I am linking up with Miss Kindergarten to share some classroom organization tips.  Staying organized is NOT natural for me.  I have to work at it... a lot.  My biggest issue is not having a specific place for certain things, so my goal has been to find more ways to help me stay organized.

1. I purchased a Thirty-One bag a couple of years ago and it's helped me stay organized from school to home.  There is a file organizer in my bag so that my papers stay where they need to be.  If I print masters at home, I can place them right into my "To Copy" file and have them ready to go when I get to school.  I can also keep my highlighters, markers, pens and pencils in the seven pockets so I can plan or grade wherever I am.  It's a life saver!

2.  Teacher Toolbox
My teacher toolbox has been a great addition to my classroom!  I already took it in to school  and filled it up. It's so nice knowing where everything is the moment I need something. No more running all over the room looking for paper clips or digging around in my desk.

3. To Do Drawers
These are another great idea I saw many teachers creating.  The idea behind them is a similar  to my Thirty-One bag, except it's meant to be at school.  I'm looking forward to using this one!

4. This is an idea I am reworking currently.  At this moment I put all of my copies for the week in containers that look like this:

I like this system, but it's not as tidy as I would like.  So I am switching over to this idea:
I am hoping to get these drawers made before school starts. 

5. Box Tops Container
When my kids would bring in their Box Tops, I would end up placing them anywhere near the spot when they were handed to me. This resulted in me losing a bunch.  Now that I have this container in class, the kids walk through the door and straight to the container!  They are also excited about bringing them in because they wanted to put them in here: 

Looking for more organization ideas?  Check out all the ideas over at Miss Kindergarten's link up!


Update 8/11/13: 
I received tons of requests for the weekly bins that match my owl theme and here they are:
If you are interested in this set, you can view the file by clicking on the picture below.  If you already purchased my Owl Be Organized set, make sure to head over to my store and pick up the update for free! 


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11 comments

  1. Where did you get all the adorable owl labels on your drawers?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by :) These labels are right here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Owl-Be-Organized-Owl-Themed-Teacher-Toolbox-and-To-Do-Drawers--754283

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  2. Do you share your owl labels for drawers, organizers, and box tops? :)
    Ashleybowlesreed@hotmail.com

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  3. OK...I am so glad that I clicked on your blog! This post made me very happy...I love my coworkers, but I am a minority in a sea of OCD classrooms! "When my kids would bring in their Box Tops, I would end up placing them anywhere near the spot when they were handed to me. This resulted in me losing a bunch." - That could have come out of my mouth! It's great to find another kindred spirit who is a GREAT teacher with GREAT ideas despite being less organized than others. Thanks for the ideas and a wonderful blog!

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    1. It seems we are in the same boat! I wish I could be a natural organizer, but I'm not, and it's ok :) All I can do is try my best and find ways to help me stay organized:) Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment!
      Maribel

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  4. What type of organizer do you use in your thirty-one bag? I love that idea!! Great post!

    Kristy
    The Phonics Phenomenon

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    1. It's called an Open Top File Box and you can find it at the container store. It fits perfectly! Here is the link:
      http://www.containerstore.com/shop/office/paperFileStorage/portable?productId=10029415

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    2. Thanks! I am going to check it out right now.

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    3. Sorry to bug you again! What size works best? The large.....

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    4. Kristy, no problem :) It's the medium sized box. Fits right in there.
      Maribel

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  5. Thanks so much for the info!

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