Ok…not only do I enjoy crafting, art, blogging, and cooking, I also REALLY enjoy organizing!!! And since we started school last week, I thought I’d show you how we do it. Before we got started though, I wanted to do a bit of an organizing overhaul in our school room. Things had just gotten out of hand.
Here is a “before” pic. This black cabinet was terribly unorganized. Art supplies and such are in there so it just gets messy when people try to get them out. I feel the need to hide my face in shame.So I started by taking everything out.This was literally a several day project for me.
Once I had it emptied out I made a list and went to Wal-Mart to buy some storage containers. Nothing I bought cost more than $2 (except these larger tubs which were more like $4….but I already had some of these). I brought out the P-Touch and started labeling. The after picture only shows the top half of the cabinet because that’s the only part that I’m using right now (other than a drawer or too)!!! I bought another small shelf, threw away LOTS of trash, and found other places for things.
Next project: the book shelves. We have TONS of books. I’m very grateful that my children love to read and I wanted to provide the perfect environment for them to do so. So I took every single book down ff the shelves and organized them. Now this is where there are LOTS of options. How do you organize your books?? For me, I group them by chapter books, paper back stories, hard back stories, art/activity, early readers, science/dinos/animals, math, history, Bible books and board books.I put them back on the shelves this way and that worked GREAT….except there was a problem. After they’d finish a book, they would place it in this basket. I’ll be honest and say that I straightened this basket before I took this picture….one shameful disorganized mess is enough!! 😉 This basket tends to get over run and messy and I feel like a librarian re-shelving books to keep them in my perfect order.However!!! A sweet friend of mine had a BRILLIANT idea of color coding the books with electrical tape!!!I found this tape at my local electrical supply company for about $1 a roll. PERFECT!!!! I assigned each of my groups a color and started labeling!!Now we use our little book basket to hold our library books. And they can very easily re-shelve the books they read by putting it back on the shelf beside books with the same color tab!!Here are a few other of my favorite things in our school room.
LOVE these little buckets!! Found them AND the wooden calendar in the dollar section at Target! This blue bucket holds some of the cutest erasers!!! They are scented too!! Found’em at my favorite store…TJ Maxx!! And you remember these star crayons!! These helped us get rid of some old trashy crayons and turned into something too cute!
ADORE these pillows!!! My grandmother found this numbers fabric at her fabric store for $1 a yard!! We made the EASIEST appliques ever and pillow cases for these small pillows. I’m also making some larger floor pillows out of this fabric. I LOVE pillows on the floor!! Just makes it feel so inviting!I don’t know why I never thought of this over the door hanger for our aprons….which we have quite a collection of. It works GREAT!!I left the blank wall there above the shelf because that’s where we watch movies at least once a week. Would love some sort of solution to have there for when the wall is NOT being used for movies….
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