Organizing any classroom can be difficult, but when you have a small classroom the task can quickly become overwhelming. The five tips below help you tackle the task of organizing your tiny space and making it an effective learning environment. No matter how small your classroom is, there can be room for storage.
Tiny Room Storage Solutions
1. Construction Paper Organization
Organizing construction paper can be challenging! Instead of keeping it stacked in a closet or taking up space where it might be torn or damaged, sort it and file it away in an accordion file. The papers will stay neatly organized and easily accessible.
2. Chair Storage
Make use of students’ chairs and install chair pockets for their books, journals, and folders. Some chair pockets even have built-in pencil pouches and room for students’ water bottles!
3. Proper Bin Sizes
You may think that a larger bin would take up more space and not work as well in your small classroom, but bins and baskets that are sized appropriately for the books and materials they will be holding work out better in the long run. Not only is it easier to organize the supplies, it is easier for students to keep things organized. Picture book bins are a great example of containers that are made specifically to protect your book investment and keep your small classroom more organized.
4. Storage Bin Stools
Transform a milk crate into a stool with storage! Cut a piece of plywood slightly larger than the opening at the top of the milk crate. Drill two holes on one end through which you would place large metal rings to anchor it to the milk crate. Cover the plywood with batting and colorful fabric that matches your classroom theme. Push the metal rings through the fabric and batting so that they go through the holes that you drilled in the plywood. Loop the rings through the top of the milk crate to secure the seat. When you lift the seat, there is plenty of storage inside the milk crate for your teacher editions, extra supplies, or center materials.
5. Hanging Pocket Charts
The backs of doors and closets are ideal for storage. Use a color-coded chart to keep track of and store lesson plans, student work, and frequently used forms. File folder games can go in larger pocket charts, while small hanging organizers typically used for jewelry can be used for storing office supply type materials.
Think outside the box when it comes to organizing the small classroom. Multi-use items make it easy to keep the chaos under control. Do you have a special tip for keeping your small classroom organized? Share it with us below!