Saturday, February 11, 2012

Center Organization

If you are like me, you have collected hundreds of freebies and activities from blogs.  I have quite a collection of holiday-themed games laying around now and I wasn't really sure how to store them.  I keep all my centers in  9x12 envelopes as many of you do.  I'm not sure if this is my favorite way to keep all the pieces together but it's not not working so I'm sticking with it.  
While I was at Target today I found the cutest containers.  
They are chevron stripe containers that are big enough to fit a TON of my activity envelopes. 
 I've been obsessed with chevron stripes lately so I bought one to try it out.  I always regret buying just one container...I'm already planning my trip back to get more.  
I plan on having a container for Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec, Jan/Feb/March, April/May/June so 4 total.  There is room for a ton of envelope activities & seasonal books, and manipulatives on the side.  All of my seasonal materials will be off my shelves and out of the filing cabinet which will open up some room.  I can also store these in my basement easily and just switch them out every few months if I get moved back into a closet room.   These would be great for science units or themed units as well.  

On a completely different note, I know many teachers have laminators at home.  I have the scotch thermal one and I love it but the pouches are expensive.  
Royal Sovereign Laminating Pouches - 200 ct.
These are at Sam's club - 200 pouches for $20!  I actually bought a different brand but they were the same price for 200.  If you have a membership, it's worth checking them out! 

I just realized that this post fits with Week 5 of the Clutter Free Classroom project!  Click on the image below to join in!

4 comments:

Katie said...

I just put together a bunch of center games for my classroom this past week after buying them on TpT. They are all in envelopes right now, but have been searching for the perfect tub for them. I still am not sure what I want to do yet. I really think I want drawers for them.

Your tubs are super cute!

Miss Klohn
Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

Kara said...

That's awesome to know about the Sam's Club laminator pouches! I don't have a membership, but my best friend does, so I'll have to ask her to pick me up a package. Thanks for the heads up!

Kara
Spedventures

Clutter-Free Classroom said...

I love that container! Thanks for linking up.

Clare Nemeth said...

I have seen those tubs and thought they were so cute. I have a lot of centers in envelopes as well and really need to fine tune them. My goal is to store them in core standard strands.

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