Classroom Storage Ideas

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a white book shelf filled with lots of books and binders next to a chair
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White on white for storage totes and shelves is a good choice for organizing paper, book, and notebook collections of random sizes.
the children's bookshelves are organized with clear bins
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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.
several blue bins with labels on them in a room filled with children's books
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Another fun use of scrapbook paper -- cut into uniform squares, add large labels, laminate, and put on storage bins.
a shelf filled with lots of different types of fabric
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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.
several books are on the shelves in a bookcase with plastic bins filled with children's books
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These rings make it easy to move and change labels on different bins.
several plastic containers filled with different colored pens and pencils on a table in a classroom
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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.
several bins are stacked on top of each other in front of a bulletin board
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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.
a yellow book shelf filled with lots of books
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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.
some books and toys are sitting on a table
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Inexpensive label dots are a fun way to dress up storage totes and book baskets.
there are many jars with different types of items on the shelf in front of them
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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.
a classroom desk with several bins full of books
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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.
there are many different colored pencils in the cups on the table and one is full of them
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These colored pencils in clear flared plastic cups are so pretty and inviting in Mandy Robek's kindergarten classroom.
the shelves are filled with plastic bins and toy storage containers for children's toys
Same-size, clear tubs with large printed labels on shelves store math manipulatives in Adrienne German's kindergarten class.
the shelves are filled with different colored bins
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.
many books are lined up on the shelf in front of a bulletin board with letters and numbers
Kindergarten workshop teacher Adrienne German uses these collapsable beach totes as student "book bags."