Thursday, June 9, 2011

Come into my Ginormous Closet. It's {finally} organized!


This was my major project before school let out for summer.  I am so proud of it.  It's truly glorious.  :)  Just kidding--I wouldn't say glorious, but I feel so much better when things are organized, and my massive closet of teaching essentials has been cleaned out, labeled, leveled, sorted, stacked, etc.  The picture above shows my two shelves of materials and leveled books that I use for guided reading groups!  Having these buckets organized like this is going to make finding my books and returning them each week SO much easier!


This is another huge shelf in my closet--this has math manipulatives, my science "stuff" box, station basket games, teacher's editions, extra supplies, and holiday unit boxes.  It has never looked this pretty.  I hope I can keep it this way!


Here is another huge set of shelves--this is what you see when you first walk into the closet.  I know it looks pretty full, but again, it has never looked this organized before!  {Woot!}  The tall white shelf on the left side is my paper organizer.  These shelves hold craft supplies, games, teacher books, my HUGE tub of Harcourt resource folders (I'll have to post all about that later!), and unit binders.  


I even use the walls in my closet for storage space!  I use this pocket chart to hold my "printable" math games and practice pages I use often in math tubs.  I make sure I have many extra copies on hand, in case a math tub runs out of a game, or for those times I need a quick (but educational) time filler! Right next door to this pocket chart, I have one more hanging--and it holds all of my copies for literacy stations!  I have loved having these.  I'm not a huge filing cabinet fan--so these charts have been perfect, and they are easy for me to see everything at a glance! 


Another thing I should mention about my "gi-normous" closet is that it is also the place where my students hang their backpacks and coats.  The picture below was obviously taken after school was out, because if there had been children there, you would see backpacks all over the floor! I usually trip over a backpack or coat or random toy a few times a week on my way to grab something from my shelves!  Good times.  


So, that's the end of my little tour of organization!  How do you keep your piles of teaching stuff organized?  

18 comments:

Morgan said...

Haha oh I definitely would say it's glorious! Wish I had a closet like that. Ours couldn't even fit one of those shelves.

Ms.M said...

I am so envious! I have 0 closet space. You did a fantastic job of organizing it.

Ms. M
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Fern Smith said...

Wow! I love my portable, but NO CLOSET! Your organization makes you such an efficient teacher during the school day! Thanks for the pictures to dream about! :)
~Fern
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Amy said...

Wow, that IS glorious! It's amazing how much storage space you have! Looks great!

Beth said...

Jealous!! I wish we had that kind of storage space as well as backpack space. My solution so far has been 2 plastic bins. I have been so tempted to buy a couple bookshelves from IKEA so that students can have a place for their backpacks and sweatshirts. -- Any ideas for me? We are not allowed to put up hooks on the wall...

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Jess said...

I wish I had all the space you have to store stuff! I'm still working on my organization system... Hopefully some day, I'll be this organized.

Michelle Breum said...

Looks great! Enjoy your summer!

Rachel said...

Ah maz ing! A closet? I'm jealous!

Mrs. Lochridge said...

Looks great!! Organization is MaGicAL!!!

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Rachelle said...

I looks so GOOD! Great work Sarah!
-Rachelle
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Audrey said...

Do you use Texas Treasures? This is going to be my first year teaching first grade and I am nervous! I was curious if you had a scope and sequence of the things that you did or something to follow if you use Treasures. Thanks in advance!

Dawn said...

I had to organize my closet too but probably not for the same reason. My room is right next to the girls restroom and it had a small leak which was leaking into my closet for about a week. Ugh!

Deedee Wills said...

Yay! YOU! That is a lot of work!
Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

Anonymous said...

Where do I get the Debbie Diller Math book that you keep talking about??? Cool closet, by the way. . . Thanks for sharking

Cam --1st Grade Teacher

Sarah said...

You are a model of inspiration!! Come do mine next :)

Kim said...

Oh my, your blog is adorable! :-) Great job on the organizing, it looks great. Just became a new follower!

Term Papers said...

Love the blog here. Nice colors. I am definitely keeping up on the comments here. I hope to see more from you in the near future.

KP said...

Your organization is awesome! I am excited for this year because we all changed classrooms and now I have my own bathroom. There's a little room before the bathroom and I plan on putting 2 big shelves in there for school supplies and other random stuff! It will clear out so much room in the rest of my cabinets! Can't wait to get back in the classroom and start organizing!

Katie
http://teachthentell.blogspot.com/

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