Easy Classroom Organization Ideas

Do you know how there's always random stuff in your classroom just lying around?
Elementary classroom organization ideas that will save your teacher sanity!

Classroom organization is one of my favorite things to...
talk about!
shop for!
dream about!
It is my jam!

See here's my Pinterest board dedicated only to classroom organization!


If only I could be a professional classroom organizer!!

I'm showing you how I organize all the random stuff in my classroom!

bandages, mints, and nurse passes

 So you know how one sick child can lead to half your class needing to go to the nurse?
Well, I came up with this little system a few years back and it really helped to cut down on the frequent visits to the school nurse.
Elementary classroom organization ideas that will save your teacher sanity!
It's just a small, 3 drawer container that I picked up at Walmart. I added bandages, mints, and nurse passes to each drawer. I created the sign to help kiddos walk through how to take care of themselves if they weren't feeling well. More often than not, they never make it to the nurse pass! Now if a student was really feeling bad, they'd fill out a pass and I'd send them right away, but this has cut down on the frequent flyers! ;)  Grab the free chart from my free resource library below!

Teacher Drawers

Elementary classroom organization ideas that will save your teacher sanity!
These two drawers have kept my desk so much neater since I've started using them!
Student work stays in my turn in bins until I grade them.
Once I grade them, I place them in this bin until I'm ready to put them in the grade book.
try to only make copies once a week, so I put my originals in this bin until I'm ready.
The file bin honestly gets full the quickest because I don't file papers as often as I should!
But it's a great way to keep those papers OFF my desk!
I also have two drawers for Scholastic book orders!
The top one is for current book orders.
If a student brings a book order to school, I put it in there until I'm ready to place the order.
I also keep my coupons and envelopes in there too, so it's all in one place.
The second one is future book orders.  This is where I put the next month's catalogs.
And the bottom drawer is for parent notes!

Teacher Markers

Elementary classroom organization ideas that will save your teacher sanity!
This bucket keeps all MY dry erase markers!
That way the students know they are off-limits!
Teacher Tip: Store them upside down to keep the ink fresh!

Missing Parts Bucket

Elementary classroom organization ideas that will save your teacher sanity!
This bucket is for pieces to centers, or math manipulatives, or game pieces.
It's inevitable that as soon as you put it all away, someone brings you a cube or something!
I put it in this bucket and then the next time we pull out the centers, I can put the missing parts away.





5 comments

  1. This picture itself makes me super happy!

    Yay more organizational help!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

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  2. I love your drawer labels! Do you sell them on TPT or can I find them somewhere else?

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    1. I actually made the ones in this picture, but I did end up making my own when I was ready for a new look. You can find them here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-Three-Drawer-Labels-4746272

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  3. I love your idea, but I am not sure about including bandages. My kiddos go through a ton of bandages even when I am in control of the bandages. I used to use a poster of what to do if you had a soar throat, feel hot, itchy eyes, etc. I have to make a new poster now that I teach 6th grade.

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    1. Yes, I have had some groups of students who couldn't handle free access to bandages. We just adjust according to our students. I like the poster idea!

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