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Tips for Organizing Your Classroom

It’s no question that when it comes to my classroom I’m super Type A. What can I say? I just function better in a clean and organized space. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips with you! Don’t forget to check out my other classroom organization posts here!

.have a plan.

It may sound simple but have a plan! Sit down and truly map out a plan. Think about how your organization and classroom decor can work together to make a truly functional space. If you want help with this process, I gotchu! This post has a detailed explanation of the process!

.make sure everything has a place.

Have a place for EVERYTHING! (and don’t forget about your papers)! When you’re coming up with your plan, keep this in mind! If you have a place for everything, nothing is ever out of place. If you have a place for all those papers, those papers don’t pile up! If you have a place for all your teacher supplies, they stay organized and tidy. Need some ideas? Check out this post where I share some of my classroom organization must-have’s!

.keep things neutral.

Keep things neutral! Okay this might just be a personal preference BUT hear me out! If you buy your bins, baskets, carts, etc in neutral colors you’ll be able to keep them around a lot longer! Think white, black, gray, and natural tones. A great way to add color is with your labels! Trust me on this one! Sure I have pops of color here and there but most of my organizational things are neutral and I’ve had them around for years because they match with any color scheme! Some of my fav neutral organizing things are all linked here!

.set up habits and routines.

This is an important one! Have some habits and routines in place that keep you organized! Normalize putting things away in their place right after you use them. Devote some time every day and week to tidying and organizing your space. Have a monthly project, pick one thing to tidy up each month that needs a little extra TLC. Wanna read more about some habits and routines I have in place to keep my classroom organized all year long? Then you gotta go read this post, and remember…your systems only work if YOU do!

.get your students involved.

Last, but not least! Get your students in on the fun! How do you do this you may ask? Be very explicit about teaching your students about the organization systems in the classroom. Hold them accountable for doing their part and keep it consistent! Have routines and things in place to keep them organized. Not only does this help keep the space organized for all, but it teaches your kiddos some organization skills!

Welp, that’s all! I hope those tips help you a little with your organization journey and don’t forget to check out these other posts on classroom organization for even more tips and advice!

You’re also gonna want to check out my classroom organization handbook! Click below to download! Happy organizing friends!

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Classroom Organization: Setting Up a Functional Teacher Area

For the last blog post in my organization series I thought I’d give you a closer look at my teacher area. If you read my first blog about classroom organization then you know that when I start setting up my classroom organization the first thing I think about are the different areas in my classroom . Then I focus on each area and think about the stations within this area, as well as what will go in that specific area. This specific area is a space in my room that is super functional and organizes all of my teacher stuff. It’s a dual-functioning area because I use it as both my teacher area and small group area. It’s really where all the magic happens! So here we go!

Here’s a breakdown of what I keep in this area:

Keep scrolling for a closer look and don’t forget to read the captions for some more details!

this cart holds all of my technology: laptop and doc cam. To the left in the hanging containers are things like whiteboard markers and my smartboard remote and pens
my 10-drawer cart organizes some of my important papers, so helpful in taming all of the
paper piles that tend to build up!
some of my essentials all in one spot + materials and supplies for small group instruction
I love having a few of my most used things easily accessible, like my to-do notepad, pens/markers, binder clips, my bluelight glasses, and hand sani of course. The supply caddy holds pens, flairs, markers, etc
just another look at this station that holds some of my most used supplies, papers, etc.
I love having this little gallery wall in my teacher area, it definitely sparks joy!
these shelves house a lot of things! My daily resources are organized in the magazine files. My teacher toolbox has a bunch of office supplies. The 3-drawer organizer holds extra card stock, printer paper, and laminating sheets. The milk crates at the bottom are for unit resources and some student data.
the whole shebang! I love using the high table as both a “teacher desk” when I need it and as my small group table! (PS these bed risers are great for making tables higher in your classroom!)

I hope you enjoyed this closer look at my teacher area/small group area. This area truly has everything I need and is an organized and functional space for me. If you’d like to read more about some habits and routines I have in place to KEEP this space organized, check out this blog post!

If you’d like to check out some of the specific items I use to organize this area, check out this blog post or some of my favorite organization items here!

Welp, that’s a wrap! Happy organizing, friends!

download my classroom organization handbook here!