Storage can be extremely expensive. It tends to come out of a teacher’s budget and not from the school or classroom budget.
It’s fun to look at those Pinterest or Instagram perfect classrooms with their beautiful and brightly colored bins. Teachers love it.
However, unless you can find them on a budget, it can be quite pricy when you add it altogether. Brightly colored items can also overstimulate children.
Keeping all of this in mind, today’s article will focus on beautiful but inexpensive storage so that your class will look nice, neat and clean without causing you to break the bank. We’re going for a minimalistic approach. If you have the budget to splurge, then by all means, have at it.
#1. Lesson Planning
If you have photocopied sheets for your students and if you like to plan ahead, you can organize the following file organizer into each day of the week and place your photocopied material into each section so that you’re ready for when class starts. You can also leave extra sheets there for when students lose their copies.
This file folder can be hung up on the wall so that it’s out of your way and can serve and décor for your class.
#2. Additional Work
A Bankers Box is great for the following and takes up very little space in your class:
- If you want to differentiate your teaching, you can photocopy extra work
- If you need students to hand in work but you don’t want them coming to you with it every few minutes.
- If you have notices to hand out
- If students are missing work
#3. Reading Material
If you want to organize your books by genre or reading levels, magazine file folders are great. They will fit on your shelves.
They can also be used to organize reading groups or for extra storage for your students. Additionally, it will keep paper and clutter out of the way.
You can write on them or students can personalize and decorate them.
#4. Shared Items
If you have items that are constantly being lost and found, or if you have material, like pens or pencils that can be shared amongst students, this desk organizer is perfect.
You can put it on a shelf for easy access for your students so that they don’t need to keep coming to you to ask for an extra glue stick or to let you know if they found a sharpener with no name on the floor. They’ll know exactly where to go when they need extra supplies.
#5. Makerspace / STEAM
Creativity is important for your students. Having a Makerspace or STEAM center is also a great for early finishers. Instead of having items out in random bins, put them all in one space so that it’s easy for you organize and your students to access. It also looks great and takes up very little space on your counter.
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- The relevance of not overspending, but focusing on inexpensive ways of storing items in your class.
- Five ways to organize your class with cheap classroom storage ideas: lesson planning, additional work, reading material, shared items, and makerspace/ STEAM.
In the mean time, if planning so that you’re ahead is not your jam, then check out the following: FREE MASTERCLASS: Systematic Plan to Super Passionate.
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