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It's All About The Organization

I keep reading everywhere that teachers are gearing up for back to school.  I read it on Facebook, I see the commercials on tv, and see the pins on Pinterest.  I want to say nooooo, it isn't time yet.  But we are moving closer to that magical time of Back to School.  

The First Grade Parade is having her Favorite Pins Friday again and I am linking up with her.  Since everyone is starting to think about going back to school, I thought it might be a good idea to get my mind wrapped around that too!  

When I head back to school I am thinking of getting my room put back in shape and getting it organized.  I like to have things organized, neat, and things put in their place.  Which doesn't mean that I don't end up with some piles...but I try to keep it neat.  Otherwise it drives me CRAZY!

Mrs. Bond's Fantastic First Grade has this post on using those great plastic drawers for monthly organization.  Love that and love how the colors brighten the room.  Click the picture to read her post.

This photo comes from Mrs. Lewis' Learning Library.  I used to do something very similar in my 2nd grade classroom.  I had a drawer for each of the major science skills.  Inside we would keep everything needed to teach that skill- the guided reading books, handouts, materials for experiments, etc...  When you were ready for that skill, you just pulled out the drawer and were ready to go.  HUGE time saver!

This one is so cute for organizing your materials for the week.  I love how she has it decorated so you can't see all that is inside.  We all know how messy things can get in a drawer, so I love that all messes are covered.

This set of drawers is mine!  I will be writing another time how I plan to use this set this year and how it will help keep me organized.  Again, I am liking having the clear parts covered!

So far, it seemed to be all about the plastic drawers, didn't it?  I do love those drawers.  But I love this too!  Clipboards can are bulky and take up a lot of shelf space.  Plus, they don't stack well and slide off all over and into the floor-not good!  The Sweet Life of Third Grade has a great solution for this with her Clipboard Tub.  Cute, simple,  and no loud clipboard falling to the floor!

This last pin comes from Booky4First and it is a great one!  I know a lot of us put desks into groups, but then one unorganized desk becomes the whole group's chaos.  This is a wonderful way of keeping books available to the group.  You could place baskets of supplies there too.  

If you love organization like I do, follow my organization Pinterest board.  Just click here to see the board and follow.  

Happy Friday to you all!


  1. I agree with you about the B2S commercials! I saw one the day after I left school! I have to get better about organizing- I have 14 different types of organizers and don't love one of them!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  2. I'm resisting the urge to start thinking too much about starting school quite yet. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. I love that desk set up!!! What are the baskets sitting on in the middle? Such a great way for the students to have their own space and not start pushing elbows..hehe! Thanks for sharing!

    ”Dots” of Fun!
    1...2...3...Teach With Me

  4. That could not have felt good, Maria, to see a Back to School commercial the day after school gets out. :) We need just a bit of time to recharge the creativeness!

  5. I was resisting thinking about Back to School too, Tammy. But as it gets closer I am thinking I have got to get some things planned. :)

  6. Tammy SF, they placed a narrow shelf in between the desks to place the baskets on. One could probably zip tie some crates together if you didn't have shelves.

  7. Love your organization, Lori! This past year I responded to a challenging class by becoming increasingly super-organized. I realized it's a teacher's way of keeping some sense of control amongst the chaos of the classroom! And I've never seen that idea to have the baskets in the middle of the tables like that. Wow! I'm going to try that for sure. Thanks!
    Whimsy Workshop

  8. Thanks so much, Susanna! We have so much going on in the classroom that chaos could take over quickly!

  9. I adore all of these organization ideas. The monthly drawers and the daily drawers are the best! I also never thought to just have my treasure box in a drawer. Easy to store and easy to get to!

    1. I love organization ideas too, Jennifer! Some are so simple I wonder why I didn't think of that before! :) Thank you for coming by!


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