How do you organize the little stuff?

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  1. Bored of Ed

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    My teaching stuff is taking over the world and yet I still have more things I'd love to acquire. For now I've taken a temporary vow not to buy anything new...

    I'm a resource room teacher and I don't have my own classroom (at least last year I didn't. And over the summer I certainly don't) so I accumulate things at home and bring them in as needed. I'm pretty good at organizing papers and books but I have a little stash of other assorted teaching tools: Decks of cards of all shapes and sizes that I've made for various uses; fraction strips, bars, and wheels; cuisinaire rods and counting manipulatives; prizes in girly, boyish, and unisex; stamps and stickers; myriad games and toys and whatnot. All odd shapes, many in baggies, all in small quantities because I tend to teach in ones and twos (i.e. I don't have a class set of cuisinaire rods that I would put in a bin and stack on top of my class size bin of dice)

    Ideas?
     
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    I buy the disposable food storage containers to hold all of that kind of stuff and put a label on it. Dollar Tree sells them in packs of 3-4 for a dollar. Last year, I hit the Target 90% off summer sale and got several packs of their containers for .24 a piece (with 3-4 in each pack). I danced all the way home.

    I also use the three drawer containers to hold my extra supplies (like pencils) and cards. I label the front of those too so they are easy for people to find if needed.
     
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    I was going to suggest these as well. I love the small size and that all of my kinder kids can open and close them without problems. They are also very durable. I have used them for workstation pieces for two years and they look new still.
     
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    I recycled my son's formula canisters plus I went to the dollar store and bought the clear plastic shoe boxes.
     
  7. CFClassroom

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    I have tons of pictures and ideas on my classroom organization blog: The Clutter-Free Classroom, but based on your specific question and materials, I would use ziploc bags and then store those within larger containers of a uniform size. Try to keep like items together (i.e. math manipulatives). Good luck!
     
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    LOVE the latch boxes that were posted. Staples has them too, for pretty cheap - from tiny all the way up to crate-size. Since they're clear, you can see what's inside.

    I have several in my desk drawers that hold stickers, binder clips, rubberbands, flash drives, etc.

    I need to store my posters and bulletin board supplies but I haven't yet - they're all just in a closet. I teach HS, so I don't have that many, though.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions... I wonder where I can stick a few dozen little boxes in my new place.... lol
     

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