Let's Get Organized!

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' today to share some things that keep me organized!

My organizational skills have developed in large part due to pure survival.  I used to be a disorganized mess and I paid the price for it.  I would always be looking around for my books, worksheets, lesson plans, important papers and so forth.  I had enough!  So I started looking around for ideas to get organized.  The first thing I did was make a teacher toolbox.
This was my first toolbox design.  I've now made a few others, but this one stays close to my heart because it's what started my journey to becoming an organized person :)  You can find these labels HERE.

The next thing I made was my to do drawers.  I put my paper work in here that I don't have time to take care of immediately.  This makes my life a lot less stressful.

Then I realized I need someplace to put all my lessons for the day so I wouldn't have to look in different places for everything.  So these were born:
Everything I have planned for each day goes in these.  I also have a sub bin on the bottom drawer so that if there is an emergency, my plans are ready to go.

One of my dearest friends is super organized.  I noticed that she copies way in advance.  I decided to give that a try.  What I ended up with was a bunch of piles of paper all over my room :(  I realized I need something to organize my future copies.  Now my future copies go into my subject drawers until they are ready to go into my weekly bin.  How did I go so long without these??
All these labels can be found HERE

This year I decided to do something drastic.  I got rid of my filing cabinets.  What I found was that they were holding a bunch of extra copies and trash!  When I sat down to really look through everything, I was able to pull out what I needed and recycled the rest.  Now my originals are being stored in binders and monthly bins.

Below you can see a picture of a few of my binders.  I put my go to resources in these and I pull them out when I'm lesson planning. 

Inside I place copies of everything I will need for my favorite resources including samples of crafts.  This makes it much easier to plan everything out.
The spines help me locate the binder immediately so I'm not pulling each one out to see if it's the binder I need.
These binder covers can be found HERE.

One of my other most used resources to help me stay organized is my planner.  I purchased this one from The Colorful Apple.  It's exactly what I needed!
 The cover is from School Girl Style.  I love these chunky black and white stripes.
 Instead of putting lined paper in here, I put blank paper and sectioned it off with some tabs.  All my notes go in here.  That makes it easy to locate notes from any meeting or training.
One the back of it I included my school calendar so I can refer to it at meetings.
 I had my planner bound at Office Max for about $4.

I'm not exactly the most organized person out there, but these resources definitely help me stay on top of things.

So how do you stay organized?  Please share and link up with Blog Hoppin'!

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  1. Those are the cutest binder covers ever - love them! I too got rid of my filing cabinet! I had stuff crammed in there like on top of each other and not even in a filing manner... I am working on binders next, but am not there yet - only have 2 completed! Nice to meet you on the blog hop!

  2. Wow - I love all the labels on your super organised drawers and binders! Lots of good ideas here - thanks for sharing!
    Growing Little Learners


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