The right tools can not only help you organize all of the things you keep in your classroom closet, but they can also affect the rest of your classroom. If the closet is tidy, the rest of the room probably will be as well. Here are some things to look for as you build your back to school classroom closet shopping list.
A cubby for papers is essential. It’s the most effective way to make sure all of your construction paper, graphic organizers, and forms are kept straight. Even if you don’t let students go into the closet themselves, an organizer will save you a lot of time.
You can never have enough plastic bins. Add color-coded labels for easy organization. Spend a little time teaching the students a basic color code of where things go and your classroom will practically clean itself!
Plastic hangup bags
These storage hangers and hangup bags can be paired with a shower rod to hang the really small things that get lost in a classroom, like spare pencils and thumbtacks.
There is no better way to know where all your supplies went than to label everything. Label makers are quick and easy to use. Set aside some time at the beginning of the year and you’ll thank yourself later.
If you don’t like the students rooting through the closet, consider a supply cart that you can roll out when needed and put back in the closet when you’re done. Done correctly, it will minimize clean-up time.
Bulletin board storage
Easily pack up this year’s decorations, such as charts, trimmers, and more, with plastic totes. You’ll be saving both time and money by organizing and saving previously used decorations for the next year.