Here's a TON of pictures for ideas on classroom organization. The best part is that most of the ideas are achieved with bright colors and fun pictures, making sure that the methods of organization don't make your classroom look uninviting.
Love this idea for the first day of school! Have the kiddos make something with playdough while you are taking care of first day housekeeping (supplies, etc.) Then have students write about what they made. Great for the 1st item in their writing portfolio!....My kiddos could draw or try to write what they made...that would turn it into a good assessment tool for me, too!