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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
These colored pencils in clear flared plastic cups are so pretty and inviting in Mandy Robek's kindergarten classroom.
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Same-size, clear tubs with large printed labels on shelves store math manipulatives in Adrienne German's kindergarten class.
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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.
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Kindergarten workshop teacher Adrienne German uses these collapsable beach totes as student "book bags."
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First grade teacher Andrew Pitman stores his books with kid-appealing categories like "Mice Books" using both a number system that matches the books and images.
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Kindergarten teacher Adrienne German uses images of favorite characters and a friendly font to mark the bins storing books for her young readers.
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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.