As a teacher, keeping your classroom organized and tidy can be a daunting task, especially when you have limited storage space. With papers, textbooks, and supplies piling up, finding a place for everything can be challenging. My desk was a catchall for all of the things I used during the school day and by the final bell you couldn’t see any of its surfaces. Fortunately, with some creative storage solutions, you can declutter your classroom and create a more functional and efficient learning environment. Here are some classroom storage ideas for teachers that can help you get started.
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1. Utilize Shelving Units
Shelving units are a great way to maximize storage space in your classroom. You can use them to store books, binders, and supplies, and they can also serve as a display for student work or decorations. Consider using tall shelving units to make the most of vertical space in your classroom, or use shorter units as a room divider to create separate storage areas.
I used plastic shelving units in my closet area to make the space more usable in my classroom. I taught science so I had a ton of materials for labs and experiments and storage was hugely important.
2. Use Storage Bins and Baskets
Storage bins and baskets are an easy and inexpensive way to organize your classroom supplies. You can use them to store art supplies, manipulatives, or even student homework assignments. Label each bin or basket with its contents to make it easier to find what you need. If you have a dollar store near you definitely check them out as they tend to have great bins for the classroom!
3. Hang Hooks and Pegboards
Hooks and pegboards are a great way to keep your classroom organized and clutter-free. Hang hooks on the walls to store backpacks, coats, and hats, and use a pegboard to hang scissors, rulers, and other supplies. You can even use a pegboard to create a mini art gallery to showcase student work.
4. Invest in Rolling Carts
Rolling carts are a versatile storage solution for any classroom. You can use them to store books, supplies, and even electronic devices. The best part is that they are mobile, so you can easily move them around your classroom as needed. I like this kind of rolling cart for art supplies or charging stations.
When I was in the classroom I used a rolling cart like this one for my daily worksheets and plans. I had a drawer labeled for each day and I could easily move things around and pull out what I needed when I needed it. The extra drawer I used for copies and plans I needed for the next week. This system worked really well for me.
5. Create a Teacher Toolbox
A teacher toolbox is a handy storage solution for your personal supplies. You can use it to store pens, pencils, staplers, and other items that you use frequently. A toolbox is also a great way to keep your desk clutter-free and organized. Your toolbox doesn’t have to be on display, nor does it have to be large. I like this little one that can hold push pins, paper clips, staples, etc. It can be tucked away somewhere but in a place where you know exactly where you need to go to find those materials.
6. Install Bookshelves
If you have an extensive collection of books in your classroom, consider installing bookshelves to keep them organized. You can use them to store textbooks, novels, and other reading materials. Plus, bookshelves can be a decorative element in your classroom, adding warmth and character to your learning space.
My next blog post will be all about keeping your classroom library organized so be sure to read that post for more ideas.
I had bookshelves in my classroom at each table because my students did not have desks. We used the bookshelves to store their heavy textbooks, pencil cases, etc.
7. Use Wall Pockets
Wall pockets are a simple and effective storage solution for your classroom. You can use them to store papers, homework assignments, and other important documents. Wall pockets come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs.
In conclusion, keeping your classroom organized and tidy is essential for creating a functional and efficient learning environment. By utilizing these classroom storage ideas for teachers, you can declutter your space and create a more organized and enjoyable classroom for both you and your students.