Optimum Organization Linky Party!

Hello everyone and welcome to the Optimum Organization Linky Party! My sweet bloggy friend Elizabeth and I are hosting and would love it if you could link up some of your favorite organizational methods. What has worked really well for you? What systems will you be using again next year? You can link up at either of our blogs to join in on the fun!

Here are a few of my absolute favorites from this school year...
First and foremost...my teacher toolbox! So many of us worked on these last summer and I have to say, this is my absolute favorite organizational piece in the entire classroom.

I haven't lost any supplies I need...
and the labels force me to keep everything in the right place...
I could go on and on about this toolbox. What I really need is to put EVERYTHING in my room in compartments like this. Then I would really be organized, once and for all!

In all seriousness, I am thinking about making another one for my students' workshop materials this summer...that's how well it has worked for me this year!

Another thing I did over the summer was to label as many paper baskets as possible for all types of work I pass out or collect...
If it has a label on it, I am careful to put things in the right place and this has been so helpful for my organization this year. I am going to make more labels for those papers I didn't think of this year (I'm keeping a list of what I will need during these final weeks)...
Another organizational piece that has helped greatly this year are the Sterilite drawers my students use for their materials. 
As many of you know, my students have tables instead of desks. These oversized drawers (they are meant for scrapbooking paper) have been the perfect size for binders, papers, reading materials, and so much more.
Those are my top three organizational techniques...they have helped me so much and I plan to keep these systems for a long time in the future.

How about you? What systems have been of help in your class? If you would like to share, please grab a button...
and link up below...

37 comments

  1. Kristen--thanks so much for doing this! I can't wait to see everyone's systems and ideas. You are, of course, my hero in this department, so I was so excited to see what you posted.

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    1. Thanks Heather and thanks for linking up!! I think you had WAY more to share than I did and I learned a lot from you :) :)

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  2. I think that I will have to break down and make a toolbox. With increasing enrollment for next year, I'll have to cram more desks into my room and downsize some things. Maybe my desk is one thing that I can reassess. Were those labels something that you shared with us? Last summer I had no interest in these, so I didn't pay much attention. Guess that will teach me...

    Thank you again for hosting this linky. It has been an emotionally tough week for me so far, so this linky was truly a highlight of my week. That may sound weird, but sometimes it's the little things ;)

    Thanks for all that you do!

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle

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    1. Hey Diane, not weird at all, I get that very much. I do have the labels for them, shared in this post: http://www.ladybugsteacherfiles.com/2012/07/teacher-toolbox-printable.html

      Thanks for linking up :) :)

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  3. Love your labels! How did you get them so small on the organization drawers?

    What I Have Learned


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    1. Hey Jessica, with lots of summertime patience, haha! Here's the link to the labels download: http://www.ladybugsteacherfiles.com/2012/07/teacher-toolbox-printable.html

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  4. ooOOO I just LOVE your stationary supply container! It's such a perfect size and so adorable with the labels. I love looking at everyone else's awesome ideas so can't wait to look at the other links :)

    Thank you!

    Liz - BaysideMathTeacher

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  5. Thanks for the info for your toolbox - it's on my summer bucket list! The tubs for each table are great! Thanks for hosting!

    Sarah
    Learning is for Superstars
    Learning is for Superstars is on Facebook

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  6. I don't think I could live without my toolbox! I love the idea of having one for the kids for writing supplies. I think I might adapt that to math supplies for my class!! Great idea. I have always loved your labels for everything!!! I really am leaning towards the labeled bins for students. I think I could avoid a lot of clutter around the room if I took the plunge and bought them. (I think I just added this to my to-do list!) Thanks for co-hosting with me, Bloggy Bud! I can't wait to see what everyone adds. I'm loving every post so far...that to-do list is a-growin'. :)

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  7. It's great seeing what everyone else does. I'm already making a list of what I want to do!! I think this is a sickness. :o)

    Laurie
    First Grade Lyons' Den

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  8. Thanks so much for hosting! I am learning so much from the posts. Great idea. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

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  9. I love your toolbox! I want to make something like that for my classroom. Thanks for sharing the labels.

    Recess and Beyond

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  10. Organization is probably my most favorite thing in the whole world! I'll have to take pictures and link up!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  11. Great linky Kristen, you know I love all things organization :)
    I love your toolbox, but the only reason I haven't made one is because I would need larger drawers, I know I shouldn't have so many sharpies, post its, etc. but I do :/ Hmmm, is there a downsize linky in the future?
    ☼Libby
    First Grade Dual

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  12. I am so linking up to this...I have something that worked WONDERS this year:)

    Tonya
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

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  13. Hi there. I remember everyone was making these last year. I didn't, but totally think I need to for next year. Where do you buy the toolbox? Is there a certain kind to buy? Why does everyone spray paint them? Sorry for all the questions, but if I'm going to do it...I've gotta do it right! :)

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  14. Kristen, I love the labels for the sterlite drawers. I use them on my mailboxes. I see you ave to different labels on those drawers. Did you share both files or just the one? If it was both, can you tell me where to find them? Thanks!

    Nikki

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  15. This is great! I am wanting to start fresh next year with fancy teacher labels for all of my containers. My husband is about to rue the day he bought a color printer ;-)

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  16. Love this linky! Makes my OCD heart go pitter patter to see all this organization in one spot. ; ) Love my toolbox! Love it daily!

    Megan
    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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    1. Okay, had to share this on my Five on the Fifth post because it's such an awesome collection of ideas! Loving that it's going to continue!

      Megan
      I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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  17. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful linky. My summer to do list is getting terribly long! I have found some great ideas.

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  18. Your organization is ON ANOTHER LEVEL!! I LOVE your teacher toolbox and all of the fabulous ideas you are constantly posting! I have told EVERYONE in my building about your student drawers because they are such a great idea! Thanks for an awesome link up! :)

    Young Teacher Love Blog

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  19. Your toolbox label drawers are adorable! Where did you get them? I actually think I like leaving the drawers uncovered better than covering them with paper. I had almost decided against making the toolbox but now I may have to give it a go. Do you also have a teacher desk?
    ~Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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  20. Thank you for hosting this. I need to get a handle on my paper clutter.

    littlelearnersinc.blogspot.com

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  21. Love this! I need to work on an organization kit like yours this summer!

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  22. I finally linked up! Yay!

    I can't wait to make a teacher toolbox! I'm going to do it the way you did, I think, where I can see inside!

    Thanks for the linky!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  23. Love this linky!! I love organizing :) Your little drawer idea is great!

    Sarah
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

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  24. I love your toolbox and think that is a project I will have to tackle this summer! I used your drawer labels this year, only I used them to label their books, my students have class numbers and I wrote their names on the little book label - they looked fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing your files and ideas. This is a great linky!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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  25. Hi Kristen! The toolbox does look awesome! I will work on that for my classroom this coming year! I'd like to link up within the week if I can grab a minute to do a post on organization. :) As always, you do a fantastic job!

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  26. I want to make the teacher toolbox, it's on my summer "to-do" list! I'm ridding myself of a desk next year & can't wait for this! Where did you get a toolbox like that with the different sized drawers?

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    1. Okay I answered my own question but blog hunting a little more! Thanks!

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    2. Hey Jen or Kristen,
      I am really interested in the toolbox as well. Where can I find out where you bought it or how it was made?

      Thanks!

      Marisa

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  27. Where might I find that toolbox?

    I'm hooked!

    Rachel
    thirdgradecupcakes.blogspot.com

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  28. I am hooked also... Where did you find this toolbox?

    Thanks,
    Jennifer

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  29. Love this linky and your shares! Thanks for creating this awesome linky. Also, love everything you've shared, but especially interested in the plastic paper trays large enough to hold papers and in such cute colors- where did you find these? I have been looking all summer for some that are just the size you have pictured. Any suggestions?
    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks!! They are from Really Good Stuff: http://results.reallygoodstuff.com/search?asug=&view=grid&SLICARTCOUNT=0&SLICARTTOTAL=0.00&w=paper+basket

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  30. Bought the same one as you by accident! THANKS I love the labels.

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