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10 Ways to Organize Your Classroom Without Closets

No closets in your classroom?  No problem!  If you are searching for ways to organize your teaching supplies and materials, but you are without closets, it can be a challenge!  Never fear, we have 10 really good ways to organize the room even without closet space.

10 Ways to Organize Your Classroom Without Closets

  1. Pocket ChartsPocket charts are not just for morning meeting, they are also perfect for vertical storage.  Try a pocket chart designed to hold file folders for organizing small groups, homework, or lesson plans for the week.
  2. Magnetic Organizers – If you do not have closets, take full advantage of magnetic organizers.  There are organizers that hold mail, files, folders, whiteboard supplies, and more.  Hang them on the sides of tall filing cabinets, on the front of the teacher’s desk, or on the magnetic whiteboard itself.
  3. Over the Door – Over the door hooks are not just for hanging wreaths at home, they are perfect for organizing a mesh bag with with outdoor playground supplies, holding charts, or dress-up supplies.  Be sure to invest in a sturdy door hook to ensure that it fits properly and does not fall off.
  4. Rolling Drawers – Imagine being able to wheel your supplies and materials around the room where you need them when you need them.  With a rolling set of drawers you can!  Use the drawers for everything from individual student cubbies to center supplies to Daily 5 organization.  The best part?  You can find different size rolling drawers to meet all of your organizational needs.
  5. Pocket Chart Stands – Pocket charts are wonderful, but they are even more beneficial as a classroom storage solution when there is a foldable pocket chart stand to accompany them.  Use a pocket chart stand to hang multiple charts while acting as different learning stations, a classroom divider, or as a screen to hide the stack of bins you have in the corner of the room.
  6. Chair Pockets – Do not forget about the backs of students’ chairs!  They are the ideal spot for quick, student organization.  Chair pockets fit over the backrest of the chair and have pockets that can hold everything from textbooks to workbooks to water bottles and pencil pouches.
  7. Under the Chair Racks – After using the back of the chair for student storage, do not forget to use the bottom too!  Under the chair racks add extra storage for books, lunches, and supplies.
  8. Cover It Up! – Sometimes you just cannot get away from a pile of bins and tubs that need to be stored in the classroom.  Instead of leaving them out on display, stack them in sets of two and cover with a pretty piece of fabric or a tablecloth.  The covered stack can then be used as a divider between centers or in the classroom library.
  9. Hooks and Clothesline – When all else fails, do not forget to look up.  Look up to the classroom walls and ceiling, that is.  Most schools have strict fire code regulations, so check with your administrator before hanging clothesline from wall to wall.  If it is permissible, string a piece of clothesline or cord across the room and use clothespins to hang student work, light book bags, or anchor charts.
  10. Underneath the Stool – Who needs plain chairs at low center tables when a milk crate can be transformed into a storage seating area.  Check out this tutorial for making your own and discover a whole new place to store student supplies, small group materials, and more!

 

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12 comments
Twila claycomb
Twila claycomb

I don't know any teacher who has an abundance of space. These are great ideas to make the most of what is available. Plus, they are bright and colorful, and can be adapted to any classroom. Thanks for the ideas.

Kristi A
Kristi A

I love the rolling drawers too. I have four tables of desks. I use the rolling cart for the table's math manipulatives, and glue, scissors etc. I also use hooks from the ceiling for student work. I really wish I had a magnetic space in my room!

Rhonda P.
Rhonda P.

Thank you for all of the great ideas! Our classrooms are filled to the brim it seems, so any suggestion on organization is greatly appreciated and needed.

Joanne M.
Joanne M.

I really like the rolling drawers since I move from class to class during the day. This would make it so much easier.

Alessia
Alessia

Storage is ALWAYS a big problem in a Kindergarten class. I guess we have so much stuff! I usually take things home by season and bring them back. I also store a lot of things on top of my closet, cubbies and shelves. Looks a little messy and cluttered but that seems to work. Thanks for the ideas!

Barbara J
Barbara J

Rolling drawers are my favorite! They keep everything much more organized. I'd love to be able to use a clothesline. In fact, there are still some hooks hanging from the ceiling from the last teacher who used the room. However, I am far too short to be able to use it without falling off a chair. I also love RGS stacking baskets to hold papers that I use tons of, as a way to save space and stay neat and tidy.

Kerri Minor
Kerri Minor

Love these ideas. I'm in a new location this year, and there's storage, but lots of stuff came with the room & is still being farmed out the to right place. The tablecloth over the boxes is coming out tomorrow!

Gloria Wilson
Gloria Wilson

We recently converted some old drawers from a wooden desk that had fallen apart into mini cupboards to hold books and supplies. Just upend them and remove the metal strip and they are absolutely perfect. They really looked nice. Make sure you anchor them so children don't tip them over.

Sandy
Sandy

I love the crate stool Idea--gonna check out the crates in my classroom in the morning

Adrienne
Adrienne

When space is a premium it is important to look everywhere! I have one of those organizers that hang over a door (like a shoe organizer...) to help store those things I seem to need all of the time...

Danielle
Danielle

I am a freak when it comes to organization supplies, b/c I am so unorganized ! lol I am constantly revamping my systems and trying new things! Everything I buy, comes from here.