The first step to organizing your work area is finding a place to hold all (or most) of your things. This is the holy grail of organizers. Every teacher on earth has this and if you don’t…get one! I simply organized it in order from most used to rarely used. My labels are just hand written sentence strips so that I can easily move and reorganize as necessary.
Inside my rolling organizer, I have photo boxes to store 2-D props. I have lots of flash cards for topics that come up frequently when working with students. Not all of the drawers have these inside, because some items need larger containers. These help my smaller props to stay nice and organized. I leave these containers unlatched so I can quickly get to the items I need and quickly put them back in place.
Oil Drip Pan
This is one of the best things in my classroom that allows me to stay organized. It is an oil drip pan (yes the kind used to change car oil). It allows me to store magnetic items like magnetic letters and numbers. Students don’t see this and I can easily reach over and grab a letter or the photo of my family without much effort. My teaching backdrop is also an oil drip pan (see the pic below) so I can stick up tons of props and rewards that my students can see throughout the class.
Target dollar spot helps me to spend all of my money and keep my online classroom in my home office organized. This alphabet chart has a prop for every letter of the alphabet and is a nice way to organize it all. The bottom has two pockets. I keep alphabet flashcards there, but of course, you can keep whatever you need in there.
So there you have it, these are some of the simple ways I keep my online classroom and home office organized. My final tip for organizing your home office is to make sure you are not keeping things for the sake of keeping them. Clean out your space every couple of months to ensure you have a nice and productive working environment. If you are going to work from home you may as well make it space you love to be in.
Until next time, Happy organizing!
Keep doing (the best) you boo!