Organizing Teacher Space!

I am extremely neurotic when it comes to organization.  I only wish my budget was unlimited so I could buy cute organizers for my cupboards... because I'm on a budget I make do with what the school provides me.  I like to start my summer organization with all of the closed off cupboards.  I am in a portable so I have no "built-in" storage.  Look at how wonderful all of my large cupboards are!

(art supplies)

(teaching manipulatives/games)

(Clear out/organize worksheet organizer.  Click HERE to read more!)

(I confine ALL my to-do's/paperwork to be filed to ONE small basket on my desk.  If I can't fit anything else in my basket.. it's time to stop and organize!)

(here is extra storage for essential supplies.. click HERE for more info!)

(Where I store all of my Big Books and music activities!)

Organization is key to staying calm throughout the school day.  Knowing where everything is creates a calm peace of mind.  And this is WHY I chose to share this with you guys FIRST.  Like I said above, the first thing I do is organize the stuff you CAN'T see! I do this because as I rearrange things, organize student materials etc., I come across so many things that need to be put away.  I feel like it is a waste of time throwing stuff away in cupboards and leaving it for the very end.  Needless to say, if I save my things (cabinets, files, desk etc.,) until the end, I know I will never get around to it because my list is never-ending like I said! Getting ready for Back to School is a huge undertaking, and keeping organized is key!


  1. Thanks for sharing! Great pictures to get me motivated.

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  3. Melissa, I couldn't agree with you more about the importance of a well-organized classroom! Like you, I'm also neurotic when it comes to everything having a place in my storage closets. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

    The Write Combo

  4. I know - I need to get to my classroom and get started organizing. I not very good at that and am extremely jealous of how nice yours looks!!!

  5. Do you have problems with your kids getting into things you have stored on open shelving? Last year my new little one (only 6) did not understand boundaries or not taking things off shelves. If he wanted it he would find a way to get it. I had to continually redirect him and rearrange and stuff things into places he couldn't get too. Have you encountered this? Any tips?

    1. YES! I have.... many times. I do my best to keep everything hidden or out of reach. The area I struggle with most is my IEP tubs. Sometimes a kiddo can manage to swipe 5 or 6 baskets in one swing. But like anything, I turn it into a teachable moment and use as many prompts as needed to have the child clean up after himself/herself once they have regulated their emotions. (Of course I usually need to go back and do it again myself the right way...but I think it's important to teach my kiddo's responsibility!)