Now that school is in full swing, you may be finding yourself in a position wondering, “Why on earth did I think it was a good idea to put this here?” Or, “I really need to get this room organized.” With twenty plus bodies who come in everyday, organization in the classroom is essential not only to maintaining order, but also to feeling some semblance of sanity.
Sometimes when you are in your classroom storage can seem very scarce. You have so many essentials you need to keep in your classroom because let’s face it, you can’t exactly leave your classroom every 5 minutes to get supplies for projects and such, but you don’t want to clutter up the limited space with excess materials. When your space is limited you may need to get creative with your storage and organization. Here are a few ideas on how to save space in your classroom.
This can be a great option to have extra space for the student to store their extra materials or books. Having a small bag that hangs off the back of the chair can be helpful to store their silent reading books, extra supplies, and papers they will need throughout the day. You can set the sack up with the essentials the students will need during the day and you won’t have to waste space storing extra items on your desk or time passing the supplies out.
Cubbies from crates
This is a great way to make extra storage. The crates can hold extra books, arts and crafts, or class games. If you string the crates together and add padding on top you can also make extra seating for the students. The crates could hold the extra books you have for the students to use during silent reading and then double as the reading nook area with fun padding on top to sit on.
Tin cans for craft supplies
Tin cans are something easy to save and can be extremely useful with storage and organization. You can make creative setups with the cans holding colored pencils, markers, or crayons. It can also be a fun start of the school year activity to allow the students to decorate the cans and help set them up to organize your classroom.
Finding storage in your classroom can be tough at times. If you look around you there is often materials all over the place that you can find to be useful. The more organized you feel the clearer your mind will be to successfully teach your students.