organize classroom ideas

This is going to be the year, right?  The year you are really, really going to get organized!  No more paper stacks, lost copies, or overflowing file folders.  No more wondering where those thirty glue sticks are or if there are enough colored pencils!

This is the year, and these inspiration ideas can help you get there!!

Here are nine super easy classroom hacks to help you get (and stay!) organized!

#1 Go big or go home!

Check out this amazing organization box.  Talk about a place for everything!  If you have the floor space in your classroom, these drawers will hold supplies galore!  I love the idea of spray painting to coordinate with your classroom decor.

#2  DIY Spice-it-Up

This DIY is super economical — using paper box lids!  You could easily wrap the lids with colorful contact paper (maybe even heavy-duty wrapping paper) to give this money-saving idea a little more flash.

#3 Plastic Drawers, Take 1

Stack three sets of plastic drawers to make a great paper organizer.  Revise the drawer names to fit your teaching needs — I always include a drawer labeled “extra copies” for students who are absent or lose a page.  You can also customize these for the classes you teacher rather than the days of the week.

#4 Plastic Drawers, Take 2

Don’t you just love this idea?  Your students won’t need to spend time gathering up their supplies — they’ll be right there with the group!

#5 Mailboxes made Easy

I’ve always longed for rows of beautiful wooden mailboxes or cubbies, but using a crate and file folders works too.  Cute and easy — great idea for where work goes for absent students.  I like keeping my mailbox crate at the door to my classroom, so students can grab their “mail” as they leave the room.

#6 Color Code, Take 1

What a great way to help students keep track of their composition notebooks!  If you are departmentalized, each class can use a different color making it easy to collect, organize, and return!

#7 Color Code, Take 2

Tons of ideas for how to use colors to organize classroom materials.  But really, do we need an excuse to buy colorful binder clips?!

#8 Way Cool Ideas

I love idea #4, and #3…and #7.  Okay, I love them all!

#9 And if you can’t organize it…cover it all up!

I love this idea for creating a curtain to cover up shelves that are a little bit…well, full.

Want more organizational inspiration?

Check out how I organize writing tasks and how I keep myself and my students on track with a writing scheduler.

What ideas do you think you could implement to make your organizational journey a success?


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