Organizational Love

An organization linky.  Sigh.

What more do I need to make my OCD heart go pitter patter?  I'm not sure I'll rock anybody's world with these, but here are a few of my organizational life rules.

Rule #1 Plan for paper
Paper is a teacher's worst enemy.  Plan for how you're going to stay on top of it, or it will swallow you alive.

Where will kids turn their work in?

Where will you organize the copies you've made?

Where will you store assessments, benchmarks, and the 8,692 other pieces of paper you're required to hold onto?

Rule #2 Make it blend in
I love bright colors as much as the next gal, but there's a lot to be said for monochrome.  It makes things just blend right in.

Rule #3 Have a place to hide
Everything behind these curtains is neatly organized, but it's still not pretty to look at.  These curtains make it all go away.

Rule #4 Keep those odds and ends under control
If you were reading teacher blogs last summer, you would have seen this a million times.  And you know why?  This was awesome.  I wrote a whole post about it here.

So that's it for my organizational tidbits, but you can get plenty more! Go visit Kristin and Elizabeth to see all the great ideas out there in blogland!


  1. I am SO in love with your curtains - they look awesome! I have a lot of open space that I would like to cover. Great idea!
    And your school supply organizer makes me drool - that is so cute! And functional! Putting it on my summer to-do list (which is ever-growing!) :)

    Thanks for sharing, Megan!

    Joy in the Journey

  2. I have to agree that a monochromatic color scheme does look clean and tidy - sometimes I get caught up in the bright colors you see all over pinterest but I love the way your resources look. I used a curtain to cover up some open space too - love yours! Toolbox is on the summer to do list (which is becoming huge). Thanks for all of the great ideas.

  3. Right here in the OCD teacher club with you! I have no closets in my room. Next year I have to do a better job of using my limited shelf space- I used testing time to diagram and re-diagram my room layout for next year!


  4. Love your OCD and I need to get me some too!!!!

  5. Curtains make me happy. I love the monochromatic look, too. It makes everything flow much better and everything looks cleaner. Thanks for linking up :)


    Fun in Room 4B

  6. Hey Megan!!! I feel like I haven't talked to you in an eon. Your ideas DO rock because you are so right about the paper enemy! Even after all these years, there are still things I need to plan in consideration to paper. Thanks so much for linking up, I know I will be coming back to soon to read this again for my summer inspiration :) :)

  7. Having a place to hide stuff is key--I agree, lol! I do not look forward to the day after school gets out for one reason only--that is when I will look into the scary drawer and behind the curtain covering the mess on my bookshelves and have to face it. Right now, however, nobody knows but me.

  8. CUTE!! I LOVE the paper idea!! Paper overwhelms me sometimes. :( Where can I buy the magnetic holders?

  9. LOL! I am all about a curtain! My piles aren't necessarily neatly organized behind the curtains so they work well for me. ;)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  10. I just bought a drawer cart like yours on sale and can't wait to use it! :)

  11. Beautiful! Love the supply drawers :)

  12. Oh! I am totally loving this linky party! I was out hunting for 3rd grade teachers as I found out I was moving but this was a great find. Totally forgot about the tool bin organizer. My room is small this would work great!!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  13. Love your ideas! I laughed so hard about the paper swallowing you alive.

  14. I love the curtain idea! I'll have to remember to try this in my new classroom next year.

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  15. Can you explain the turn in folders on your board? I love the idea that they are already sorted when you pick them up to grade.

    1. Hi Crystal! Those are magnetic pockets that I got from Lakeshore. I have two different sections, so I have one pocket for each classes' homework, one pocket for my homeroom's conduct cards, and one pocket for their stations work.


  16. Wow! I love this post, Megan. I'll be setting up my own classroom this fall and you have given me so many awesome ideas. Thanks so much for the inspiration. :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  17. Hi Megan,

    I love your cute blog and so glad I found it. I am going to be your newest follower. My favs are #1 and #4.

    I also just added your Basic Brights Mega Digital Pack to my TpT shopping cart. I can see I'll find lots to purchase at your store. :-)

    Innovate, Create and Relate