Sunday, January 5, 2014

Welcome 2014: Organization... boy howdy!

Oh-me-oh-my!
I am a dropper and stacker!
I drop my bags and stack my stuff.  Exhibit A: My home office!  I sort-of can't believe I am posting this!  What on EARTH?!  I have been expecting the TV crew from Horders to show up at my home at any minute.
 Much better!  I still have a few things I want to do in this room, but it is a start!

At school I am better.  I still drop and stack, but this is how I have some things organized.
I have a 4 drawer file cabinet where I keep most of my stations.  I take a file folder and staple the edges to make a pocket.  Then I put the pieces that go with that unit in the file.  Because of my habit of putting things away in a hurry, I want to be sure all the pieces are there before I put it in the station bin.  I can replace those pieces that are missing.  I usually put the pieces in a quart size bag and insert one response sheet so it can be ready for the next time I use it.
I have shared this photo before.  This is where I keep most of my card games.  [I know I have the Penguin Math Work Stations card in the ELA section.  I was taking it down for this week's stations when I realized I wanted to take a picture, so I set it down quickly on the wrong shelf... fail]
No, I do not eat that much frosting.  I get the word out in my building that I collect them and they just roll in.  3rd graders bring them, the school nurse...

I just added this storage area.  I wanted to be able to find these activities quickly, so I grabbed some tubs.  I used my Silhouette to add labels. I need to still get the labels on the Super Sentences and Sequence activities.
I have already blogged about how I organize my Poetry Stations and Writing Work Stations.  You can read about that here.


How do I manage stations?  You can read that here.

Read about how others organize over at Blog Hoppin!
My final thoughts.  I am so excited for tonight!

16 comments:

  1. I can't wait to break out my new Silhouette and label the outside of my clear storage boxes like that!!

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  2. Oh my goodness...my home office looks the same way as your before...I love that term...Dropper and stacker! That is so me! Your organization at school and your after pictures inspire me!! Great ideas! By the way...I am also very excited for tonight!!!

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  3. The frosting container idea in ingenious! I will be doing a school-wide email immediately. I keep mine in baggies and I abhor sifting through them!

    Tiffany

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  4. Once I've cluttered up one spot, instead of cleaning, I just move to a new room. My husband insisted I straighten things up and I'm so glad he did. Feels much better! Happy New Year!

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  5. I love your new organized office! Now come help me out!

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  6. I love your new organized office! Now come help me out!

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  7. Wow you are so organized! Cannot wait for tonight either!!!

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  8. Deedee,
    I love your labels on your tubs. I have a newly acquired Cricut, not a Silhouette, so I don't know if it is even possible for me. What did you use to make them? Some sort of a sticky backed paper? How do they stick to your tubs. I would love to make some of my own!

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    1. Yes! You use vinyl for the letters. You need to also get "transfer paper." Your Cricut should have instructions on how to use vinyl.

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  9. Deedee I love that you have labels on the outside of your frosting containers! Are those in the packs? I have SEVERAL of your games and would love the labels for the outside! Then maybe I can dream of being as organized as you!

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    1. Just don't look behind the curtain... I am still ALL KINDS of disorganized. The math stations has the label in the set. For the CVC or Roll, Say, Keep games, I just grab one of the playing cards so I will know what is on the inside of the cup. Nothing fancy... but don't tell! SHHH!!!

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  10. I so need to buckle down and get a handle on labeling. I need containers, labels, etc. One day I'll get to it. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Thanks for the tips on how to be organized! .

    http://aclassroomfullofsmiles.blogspot.com/

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  11. Wow I love the way you organized your home office. I used to have a home office until the babies! I am trying to get organized in my classroom and at home.
    Heart of Kinder

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  12. I love the way you think! and organization is definitely a crucial thing to do a have inside the classroom. Thanks for the ideas to when I have my own classroom I can practice this and be as organized as you. I like that you label and have baskets for everything.

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  13. Hello my friend I just bought the same shelves you have with the canvas tub baskets at Costco! I stopped by your blog a few minutes ago and saw the same ones. I organized my daughters playroom with them and next stop my office! I'm so glad I'm not the only one with lots of "creative piles" yours looks great now! Fingers crossed I can do the same. Happy New year! Kim Jordano

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  14. OMG! You sound exactly like me! The dropping and stacking! My home office is a MESS! I have been putting it off for MONTHS! You have motivated me to get this done!
    And I love the idea of frosting containers for storage! Great idea! I am asking my parents to save them for me! Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

    Kristen
    A+ Classroom Creations

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