OK, for those of us who have to start from scratch what are some basic guidelines to get started setting up your room. I know planning has to be one of the first things but what would be in your opinion some effective ways to approach this? One thing I did (end of year packing) was use these plastic storage bins that are about 9 x 12 to store reference books, files, bb materials & arts/craft supplies. I had about 12 or so bins that had been left by the previous teacher. I love using these because 1. they are see-thru 2. they are just the right size for average size books & 3. easy to stack for storage. So when I start to set up my classroom, I can quickly see what's in these plastic bins & either pull things out of it or store as is. I also purchased plastic shoe boxes & used them to store small things like office supplies i.e. paper clips, sticky notes, markers, etc. For me, this will cut down on the time of sorting & putting away papers, books & "little items". Setting up a new classroom can be overwhelming & so I would love to here from the EXPERTS here as to what has helped you get started quickly & efficiently. So if we had to come up with a TOP TEN LIST, what would you include as a MUST?