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Classroom Storage Ideas

White on white for storage totes and shelves is a good choice for organizing paper, book, and notebook collections of random sizes.

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The green borders around these book bins identifies them as nonfiction texts, and the clear plastic keeps the focus on the books. When in doubt, many teachers choose clear containers and bins. It lessens clutter and lightens up a room.

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Another fun use of scrapbook paper -- cut into uniform squares, add large labels, laminate, and put on storage bins.

Teachers who tried and abandoned scrapbooking are finding many uses for leftover scrapbook paper. In Andrea Smith's 4th grade classroom, the paper dresses up storage shelves.

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These rings make it easy to move and change labels on different bins.

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Rather than individual sets of markers, Mandy Robek organizes them by color in her kindergarten classroom. Easy for students to select a set, and learn their colors as they put the markers away.

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Materials that can easily get messy or jumbled require clear, clean storage. In this case, standard-size and inexpensive clear totes from the dollar store with plain black and white labels, all using the same font, cut down the visual clutter.

Mandy Robek keeps the totes with the most titles on the bottom shelf of her kindergarten classroom library. This allows for easier access and use by young children.

Inexpensive label dots are a fun way to dress up storage totes and book baskets.

Glass jars up high on a shelf for craft items that are not used often are functional, and also provide a pop of color and art in Mandy Robek's kindergarten classroom.

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Dividers within clear storage totes and simple labels turn a large container into a book basket with three separate compartments. This might be useful if you are organizing books within a genre for children with varied reading abilities.

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Same-size, clear tubs with large printed labels on shelves store math manipulatives in Adrienne German's kindergarten class.

In one section of his reading area, first-grade teacher Andrew Pitman stores books with different size tubs that correspond with the type and size of the book. There is a freestanding rack for popular picture books on the right, baskets for paperback series books like Fancy Nancy on the top, bigger containers for nonfiction science books in the middle and smaller upright holders for magazines and class-made books on the bottom.

Kindergarten workshop teacher Adrienne German uses these collapsable beach totes as student "book bags."

Literacy coach Heather Sisson stores helpful resources for parenting on a rack where visitors and volunteers enter to sign-in.

Literacy coach Heather Sisson stores materials for parent checkout adjacent to the volunteer sign-in kiosk making them accessible to all.

Kindergarten teacher Adrienne German uses images of favorite characters and a friendly font to mark the bins storing books for her young readers.

Jenn Vice Marshall uses patterned scrapbook paper to decorate the back of her classroom storage units - a great idea for end of year clean-up when the units are emptied.

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Try symmetry for neater storage in your classroom. Beth Lawson's containers vary, but because the pattern of materials is replicated across the unit, everything looks tidy.

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