Monday, 4 April 2016

4 Ways to Use Drawer Organizers in Your Classroom


Do you struggle to stay organized in your classroom throughout the week with your copies and lesson materials?  If so then I may have just the organizational solution for you!

I am linking up with Erin at Mrs. Beattie's Classroom again this week.  This time I am sharing how I use drawers to organize various things in my classroom.  

I love drawer organizers. The first one I found and made for my classroom has truly been a lifesaver. You have probably seen similar ones on Pinterest. 


Sometimes it was a struggle to keep everything together for my lessons so when I saw this idea I was excited.  It has truly helped me stay organized.  These drawers are slightly larger than the conventional paper sized drawer, which is great for adding books and other things for your lessons. This is 2 sets of 3 drawers stacked together.  I believe they are made by Sterlite.  I added the lettering using my Silhouette Cameo, but you could easily use peel and stick letters, too.  


I don't know about you but there are always pens, pencils, highlighters etc floating around on my desk or collected in various cups.  I started looking for a way to collect all of those supplies into one place.  Pinterest to the rescue again!  I found this hardware cabinet at Lowe's and repurposed it using labels I found on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Voila!  A functional storage system for all the desktop paraphernalia.  Substitute teachers love it too because they can always find what they are looking for. 


My first graders seem to lose their crayons ALL...THE...TIME.  They were always coming to me looking for missing colours.  I solved that problem with, you guessed it, another drawer organizer! This one was thrown together hastily, so there is no pretty labels on it.  I had planned to rectify that but as you can see, it hasn't happened.  There is always next year, :).  My students put crayons there that they find on the floor and go there when they are missing a colour.  When I give students a new box of crayons I often go through their table baskets and move some of those crayons to the extras.   


My last drawer organizer is a favourite with teachers from Staples. I have seen it used for many different things but I use mine to store all my additional supplies.  Again, my substitute teachers love it as they can quickly find extras for students when they lose things.  It is amazing how much gets "lost" when I happen to be away.  

Do you use drawer organizers in your classroom?  If so how do you use them?  I am always looking for new ideas.  You can never have too many drawer organizers!  :)

Looking for more organization ideas?  Check out my Classroom Organization Pinterest Board for more ideas.  


Until next time,



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