Not all classrooms have a “real” closet, but for those that either have a closet or several cabinets for keeping tools and supplies, we are here to help you get your classroom storage sorted out for back to school. We’ve compiled a list of handy suggestions you might use to keep your supplies in order.
6 Classroom Closet & Cabinet Organization Tips
Closets and cabinets can be a place to throw a bunch of supplies and hide them from view, but keeping them organized can save you time and stress when it comes to finding the tools you need throughout a busy school year. Use these ideas as inspiration for finding your customized organizing plan for your classroom this BTS season.
Labeled Clear Plastic Stacking Bins
See-through plastic bins can be a real life-saver. Make cute labels or use a label maker to organize all your small supplies, and stack the bins efficiently to maximize your space. Measure your shelves and find bins that allow you to use the most of your space.
Filing Folder Bin for Colored Paper
You don’t need a filing cabinet to store files, and files can be used to store other items too! One example is to use a filing folder bin and filing folders to organize colored construction paper. The next time you need red paper for Valentine’s Day decor, or some blue sheets for an under the sea themed bulletin board, you can simply reach for the organized bin.
Back of Door for Small Teaching Supplies
Out of shelf space? Consider using hanging organizers on the back of your closet or cabinet doors. If you have the space, you can re-purpose a shoe organizer to use for pens, markers, hole punches and more. Otherwise consider using small command hooks or peel and stick pockets to hang items like scissors and clipboards on the back of doors.
Magazine Holders for Each Student
If you are looking for one convenient place to keep student-specific papers and items, try utilizing magazine holders (cardboard or plastic) to keep things organized. Label each organizer with a student name and line them up next to each other, or stack them horizontally for a convenient, organized storage solution.
In-Closet Lazy Susan
If you find yourself needing the same items every day, but have a hard time keeping track of them in your storage space, you might want to consider a lazy susan. This classic storage solution allows you to reach items in the back of the cabinet easily without having separate bins stacked up.
Teacher-Only Tools in Fabric Bins
For items you don’t want students to get their hands on, like Sharpies, your favorite paper-grading snacks, or glitter, use fabric storage bins. Since these are not see-through, you can get colors or patterns to remind yourself of what is in each one, and students won’t be able to see inside as easily.