Classroom storage is at a premium in even the most spacious of classrooms. Figuring out where to put everything at the end of the school year is equally as challenging! That’s why we asked Really Good Teachers from around the country to share with us their tips and tricks for storing and organizing items in (and out) of the classroom. Check out these three ideas from veteran teachers who know what it’s like to have more teaching materials and supplies than they have storage space for in their rooms and homes.
Classroom Storage Solutions for End of the School Year
Book Organization Solutions
This idea comes from Melissa, a Kindergarten Teacher, from Plant City, FL. “As I get my classroom library ready for the next year, I make sure all books are back in their home and update my database of books,” she explains. “I have over 1,000 book titles to date. I keep all of my books in labeled plastic magazine file boxes. I organize the boxes by topic, theme, author, and favorite characters. ‘I Can Read’ books get their own box. I am working on adding mini-labels to each book (to make it easier to find homes for them) and on adding library pockets for class checkout. I do have a few books that don’t fit in the boxes, and they just live on a shelf. Keeping the books organized this way makes setting up my class library each year a pleasure.”
Storing Math Manipulatives
Marie, a 1st Grade Teacher, from Lago Vista, TX describes how she packs up her supplies at the end of the year to make classroom set-up a breeze. “At the end of the year, I store my math manipulatives in clear plastic “shoe boxes” similar to the Stackable Storage Tubs With Locking Lids from Really Good Stuff® ,” she says. “The boxes or tubs store plenty and stack easily. Come next year, I’ll be able to see at a glance what I have and where each manipulative is when I need it.
Large Item Storage
“When storing larger manipulatives and posters, I use under the bed plastic boxes,” explains E., a K-5 Special Ed Teacher, from Dry Ridge, KY. “They fit perfectly into my large two-door cabinets. I can put several boxes on each shelf. I place the items in there and hide them neatly until needed. Since they are clear, it is easy to see what is in them, easily labeled with contents.”
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