Friday, April 3, 2015

You Oughta Know Blog Hop...

Happy Saturday! It's time for the You Oughta Know Blog Hop by Buzzing with Mrs. McClain!
Today I will be sharing three tips for classroom organization. Stop laughing! I know I am probably NOT the teacher to be sharing classroom organization tips because as my favorite saying goes....."Never trust a teacher with a clean desk."

As I am beginning to settle into second grade, I am finding more time to organize my classroom after I've had a chance to do all of my planning and cleanup each week.

One day I walked into my closet and saw this. What's even more embarrassing is that I share my closet with my grade level partner next to me. Yikes. 
The funny thing is that I already had the container, I just needed to roll up my boarders. I was able to fit two layers of boards in this container. Much prettier, right? 
Now the closet looks like this. I feel so much calmer when things are organized and in place.
The next thing I want to show you is how I store my anchor charts. I learned this trick from a first grade teacher who I just admire so much for her clean, organized, well put together classroom. I asked her where she put her anchor charts and she showed me how she took a few shelves and stored them on the different levels.
Storing them this way actually helps me decide which charts I want to keep and which ones I can toss. I have hoarder tendencies and I am really starting to let go of keeping every.little.thing! Can I get an amen?!
I laminate the charts that I want to keep and fold them to put them on the shelves. This way really works for me.
The last tip I want to show you is organizing your classroom books using paint stirrers. My local home improvement store was willing to donate some as soon as I said that I am a teacher. How nice! This way of organizing my books has made it so easy for me to find books based on the month!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I would love to hear any of your classroom organization tips! This girl always has room for improvement!


  1. Love your tip for anchor charts! I'd have to get over the bending part, but SO much better than REMAKING the same chart when I couldn't find it that ONE stack! That's a great tip for the high shelves that shorties don't need daily, too. Thanks!!

    1. Debbie, You know I actually didn't want to do this for the exact same reason!! I didn't want to bend them but then I saw some of my favorite bloggers who did it and saw how it looked on their blogs. They didn't look bad and I needed to make my classroom more organized. Whatever works for you!! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. AWW I am so proud of you for getting organized!!! I love that idea for organizing anchor charts, I would have to get over the bending part too though. I usually hang them with the clothes hangers that have clips but now that I am home and don't have a close to put them in they are a hot mess! Maybe I can find a few bins that are wide enough to fold them and put them inside :)

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

  3. I loved reading your post! I have done MUCH better this year with organization. Thanks for sharing your tips to stay organized :-)

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  4. Love your organization. Just wondering what you keep your sentence strips in. Is this something you purchased somewhere? Thanks