Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cleaning Up & Organizing!

It's been so crazy here this week.  We are cleaning, organizing and storing all our supplies for the end of year.  The little ones are excited for summer to come but there's still work left to be done! AHHHHH

So I starting organizing my closet and ughh it looked like a complete mess!  In the beginning it was cluttered, puzzles were on the floor.  Just UNORGANIZED

With the help of my little ones, they have helped me turn it into this.







The bins were all bought from the Dollar Tree.   I am so happy my crates fit perfectly at the bottom. I was worried about where I would store them!  In the bins I have stored pencils, dry erase markers, crayons, scissors, glues and so much more.  It makes it less stressful when you know where everything is.  

I know when I come back to decorate in August everything will be nice and organized waiting for me.


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For the last 5 years of teaching I have kept my stencils and letters in manilla folders.  Very messy and not neat.  


Yes it's true.  That really is how it looked, except it was stuffed in the closet. It was so overwhelming.  I wouldn't even know where to begin with this. 

So I asked my little ones for help with this during snack time.


What was a few kids helping turned into the whole class chipping in and punching out stencils. LoL I don't know why they thought this was so much fun, but it was.  




Love the way they came out!  So neat and clean.  

I put the stencils in zip-loc bags.  They are sorted by color, design, capital and lower case letters.  Numbers are in their own baggie as well. =)

I labeled the bags with some left over star stencils I had (left over from the Dollar Tree) with the different kinds of stencils so I know which are which.  

Eazy Peazy!

It looks so much better.  And it has given up lots of free room for other supplies.  Look where I put them!  



In my crates!



These crates are such a life saver.  They offer so much storage space! 


For more info on how I created these fabulous crates, click HERE to take you to that post.  To see how I use them for storage click HERE to take you to that post.


Love the way it turned out!

6 comments:

Rose said...

I made five of these crates last year and they are perfect to hold boxes of tissues or hand sanitizer during the year. My students always know where those supplies are and can find them when we run out.

Rosie
Rosie's Rambles

Lori Rosenberg said...

Your closet looks so nice and organized. My students love to help me too. Today, we dumped out a huge crate full of treasures and they sat and sorted them for me. All the pencils, all the plastic bugs, all the soldiers. They threw out the broken toys and now my treasure box is all ready for next year. That's something I never would have done myself! LOL!
Lori
Teaching With Love and Laughter
luvyorkies@gmail.com

Heather said...

I've been teaching 8 years and this is the first year I actually had my kiddos helping out! They dusted all my book boxes (how do they get so dusty?) inside and out and made sure all of the books were back in the right spot! You closet looks AMAZING! It makes me cringe thinking about how I left mine :(
Heather
learningwithmrslangley.blogspot

Lisa Feikert said...

I have that same fabric in my room! I bought all of it they had last summer and I want more! I'm going to have to go on the hunt this summer. Where did you get it?

Lisa
Always an Adventure in Kindergarten

Everyone deServes to Learn said...

I wish I had a closet! I have been thinking for three days about how to organize my room for the summer and the only thing I keep coming up with is to throw things away. I reallly want to make those crates, though!

-Maria

Little Miss Primary said...

Your closet makes my heart happy--so pretty, clean, and organized! And now I'm going to see how you made your crates :) Anything that can double as seating as storage is a win/win in my classroom!

Erin
Little Miss Primary

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