Optimum Organization {June 15}

So sorry!  I'm a little late to my own party.  I spent the last few days with my girl.  We went down to Charleston to visit the College of Charleston (my Alma mater).  Yikes.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that my newest hashtag is #wheredidthetimego. (Join me @elizabethsupan.  I changed it from Fun in Room 4B because I found that I was posting pictures of everything in my life, not just blog stuff.) I'm sure I will be using that hashtag a lot over the next two years.  She'll be a junior next year and well.....sad face.

But, better late than never, right?

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Now on to my idea for the week.

I have an organizational find for you.  Last week, when shopping for the container to make my "File/Copy/Grade" container (That's going to be my Monday Made It this week), I came across these bins at Target.  Oh, Target.  How I love thee!  {And then at the same time....not so much.}  At least they were on sale!

These bins are essentially covered trays.  You know, like paper trays.  I can put a lot of papers in there.  Like a lot.  But, actually, what I'm thinking of using them for is to store my math "Hands On" materials. I bought one bin for each of my 4 groups.

Last year, I had this system:

Each group had a shelf.  So, in the picture above Group 1 had two tubs and a basket.  Yeah, that lasted for about a minute.  Maybe two.  As my students were scrambling to put away their materials as I was counting down to "rotate" to their next station, they would just shove them in whatever tub they could come to quickly.  I totally get that.  I probably would have done the same thing.  So this year, the new green tubs are large enough to hold all of my games, a few dry erase boards (markers and erasers, too), and a few task cards.  I can still differentiate the tubs according to the needs of the students by placing the materials in there appropriate for that particular group.

Oh, and yes, I will be making cute labels for them as soon as I can wash the sand off of my feet and unpack.

Yep, tomorrow.

Link up below!  I can't wait to read more of what you all are finding/doing to stay/get organized!  Thanks everyone for joining us :)


  1. I'm glad you had a good time with your daughter and I understand that when your children hit milestones it is so hard to figure out where the time has gone. I can't believe you bought those bins, I was just holding those in my hands at Target tonight. Only they were clear with green handles and not on sale. I was asking myself what do I need them for and thought I could wait till I look in my classroom and decide. Thanks for the great idea!! Now I can go back and buy some when I return my daughters' swim suit that didn't fit!!!

  2. My hubby and I went to Charleston for Spring Break. We stayed by the campus. It was beautiful! I agree with your hashtag, where has the time gone?


  3. How bittersweet Elizabeth! How did she like the College of Charleston? Is it close to home? That would make it easier, I'm sure.

    I love your idea for the new containers. I can see where that would happen with the separate containers because I have had the same issue!! I donated a lot of little containers to other teachers this year and am only relying on the larger containers that have worked well. I think I had way too many and it was overwhelming for my students.

    Talk to you later! :)

  4. I use these same covered tubs. They work great and take up minimal space. I especially love that they are covered. They are a little pricey, so good that you scored them on sale. I through one into the cart each trip...seems a little eaier on the pocket and the hubbs is none the wiser!! Hehe...


  5. I'll have to check Target for those, I hope I can find some on clearance! Thanks for the idea.

    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  6. This is such a good idea for math! I will have to check these out next time I am in Target! I hope they are still on sale!

  7. I bought the same containers in black to organize my monthly items! I LOVE them! I even bought the smaller ones to organize my students' supplies (I'm a resource teacher so I need a place for kids to keep their supplies in my room). Last year I tried communal supplies and some how some containers ended up with 35 crayons and others had 9 or less. So this year I'm trying each student having their own supply bin and numbering them. Fingers crossed it works! :) Definitely a great find!

  8. Great find! I especially love bins with lids so you can stack 'em and pack 'em at the end of the year!

    The Teacher Chick

  9. I love these bins! They are the perfect size for storing math center materials. I just label them with the standard or cluster and I can fit pre-made math games, large manila envelopes with materials, and file folders galore. I keep these in my storage closet and when I need a specific standard, I can just sneak one out and I am ready to roll. I am going to have to stop by Target and pick up some more. Goodness knows I can always find a use for these little gems ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

    ❁ Kate
    Purely Paperless

  10. Love the bins! They are great for organizing all of your manipulatives and games! Thanks for the idea! Gotta grab some of them from Target...but if I go there I know that won't be the only thing I find that I NEED! ;)

    Teaching with Twins!