One of my goals this summer was to organize my stuff! Organization is not a natural state of being for me, I am more of a “stacker” by nature. But time is valuable and my best intentions during the busy school months turns my stacks into a big fat mess as the year progresses.
There are a LOT of parts to my monthly writing work stations and poetry units, so I didn’t want to scramble finding those “parts” as we progressed from one month to the next… Nobody has time for that!
I will be recycling some photos from previous posts so you can “see” what I am talking about.
First… this is what my writing work station look like.
You see… lots of parts!
Here is what my poetry stations look like
Even MORE parts!
Here is my solution!
I started with this Sterilite Container
|24 Quart 15″ x 11 1/4″x 11 3/4″|
Then I added a label for the cover!
Inside this bin I put the PARTS into Ziplock bags. Then I added a label to each bag with the month on it.
For the pocket chart poems I hook them together with binder rings
During the school year, they hang next to the pocket chart station so the students can reread these for fluency and practice putting them together. I usually keep the previous month out for my kiddos to use, but sometimes they beg for their “favorites” to stay out even longer.
I hang the poems on a hook (see the Gingerbread poem photo above), but after awhile I put them away in these boxes. Right now the boxes are labeled with Post-it notes, but I will slap those labels on the boxes once I can get back in my building so I can find them easily the next year. I have 3 boxes and that works great for my stash!
If you have a similar goal, I have made the labels for you. You could also use these labels for something else you are trying to organize. Click on the photos to get your labels.
|These are printed on Avery 5163 2″ x 4″ labels.|
|This is just a PDF file, but I also included the labels. You could print them out on plain paper and tape them to the bags.|
That is it! I am already feeling better organized!
What is your BIG organization goal?