If you’re like most teachers, you probably spend the summer planning your classroom for the fall. How will you decorate? What will you need to buy? And, even more importantly, how will you organize everything? A cluttered classroom makes it hard for kids to focus and impossible to find what you need when you need it, but invest in a few key storage pieces and you’ll be set for the upcoming school year.
How to Organize Your Classroom
When figuring out how to organize your classroom, the most important considerations are what you need to store, the space you have available for storing it, and your budget. Here are some simple and affordable ways to organize your classroom and school supplies.
Whether you call them cube organizers, square shelves, or cubbies, these storage multitaskers are an affordable solution for when you have a lot of supplies to keep organized. You can find them at Target, IKEA, and many other stores and they come in a range of different sizes. Purchase colorful cube bins and add labels so you know exactly what’s in them. Cube organizers are versatile enough to use for organizing art supplies, papers, books, and more.
Plastic sets of drawers are another inexpensive way to organize your classroom supplies. There are small sets that fit right onto a desktop or large sets of drawers on wheels for easy transport. Add some personality by decorating them with washi tape and, of course, label each drawer so you know what’s inside—or purchase clear drawers so you can see the contents.
Rolling Utility Carts
Three-tier rolling utility carts seem to be everywhere lately, and for good reason. They make organization easy and stylish! Because this is an open organization system, it’s best for supplies that you use often and need at arm’s reach. You can find these carts at IKEA, craft stores, and big box stores, and you can use pencil holders, cups, and bins to keep each tier of the unit organized. We love using rolling utility carts as an art station, with markers, paint, crayons, colored pencils, and paper.
If you’re a child of the 90s, you probably remember the colorful plastic cosmetic cases every girl just had to have. Now that you’re an adult, instead of using them to organize your Lip Smackers, you can use them to organize school supplies for your classroom! There are more sizes available than ever before, and even some that are specifically designed to accommodate craft and art supplies. We like using cosmetic cases for paint brushes, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, and small craft supplies like pom poms and felt.
Order Classroom and School Supplies from GEDDES
Now that you have some ideas for how to organize your classroom, it’s time to stock up on supplies! Visit the GEDDES website to shop our full selection online, request our catalog today, or contact us to learn more about our products and our mission.