Your classroom’s probably pretty busy. There are so many students, supplies and ongoing projects. Not to mention the coats, boots, backpacks and lunchboxes that possibly need a classroom-based home during the school day. Classrooms really need to have some organizational solutions. When space is at a premium, teachers have to get creative. Here are a few of my favorite ways to unclutter any educational space!
They’re durable, spacious, inexpensive to buy and they only get better as you stack ‘em. Yes, if you’re lucky enough, you can even find old milk crates that may no longer be in use. In that case, make sure to give those crates a good cleaning first. Otherwise, I suggest you buy them from various retailers (The Container Store offers some great colors). To make everything more accessible for students, you can stack the crates (handle to handle) and keep them together with zip-ties (here are some step-by-step instructions); it’s easy to secure the crates to walls with nails or screws, too. Plus, the open design allows students to see all the materials they want to use.
What about other classroom uses for the milk crate? There are tons of ideas out there (get some DIY inspiration from The Eager Teacher)!
Here’s the same idea with a different look. I’ll keep this short. If anything, plastic bins are better for storing smaller classroom supplies. It’s easy to find your favorite style (with drawers, without drawers, with colorful or transparent plastic). Check out our selection for some cool options!
Of course, here’s the classic cubby style. They’re built to last, they’re designed for children and they often complement existing classroom décor. Rounded corners help prevent injuries and wide (sometimes weighted) bases make these units more stable. Wooden or laminate cubbies are a more expensive option, but they’re also far more likely to continue looking great for years, especially in high-energy early learning classrooms. Plus, many carry lifetime warranties. Even with older K-12 students, cubbies are ideal for keeping track of lunchboxes or daily assignments.
What’s great is that all of these space-saving products fit snugly against the wall, which maximizes the usable square footage of any learning environment. My favorite part? With cubbies, stackable cubes, whatever you want to call this beneficial design – educators and their students always win!
What organizational techniques do you use in your classroom?