No one that knows me personally will ever say that I am organized. It is not my gift. BUT . . . Somehow all of the things that need to be done, get done. But it happens in such away that any type A would have tied me down and done it themselves. What I do have is the inability to throw most things away. So I have to come up with purposes for these items so sometimes I give off the illusion that I am organized because I have things labeled.
Take my first example, here are two ways I use baby wipe containers. But really I was having a hard time throwing them away. (I tried to reuse tissue boxes too until my assistant last year pointed out to me that all of the sick kids gravitate towards the tissue box and you can't sanitize cardboard!)
This is my favorite re-purposed item yet, although they were never something that I wanted to throw away. In fact the ever-generous Cassina from Field of Poppies gifted me with a bunch of these when I started teaching. Here is one way they are used in my classroom. I zip tied the two magazine files together to make a stable paper keeper! (Zip ties from the Dollar Store! Yeah seriously AND they are fun colors!)
The last thing I'm sharing is my version of a popular magnetic pocket that goes on the board and cost $1 million dollars. This is a divider that was doubling has a pocket in a notebook. I attached a magnet to it from Wal-Mart and WHAALAA! . . . a space to cram all the papery that I need while I'm at the board.
And now what you have all been waiting for . . . here is a preview of what I will be giving away into the 100 Followers Giveaway that I am joining in with Krista over at The Second Grade Super Kids for. . . . there will also be more so check back tomorrow for the kick-off!! :)
Also . . . I would love to hear about unconventional storage you use in your classroom? Am I the only one who does this?? I mean I even save large pretzel jars to use as centers . . . am I alone in this?