Optimum Organization: Stacking Bins as Book Bins

Happy Saturday everyone! If it weren't for our weekly linky party...
I don't think I'd know what day it is! I'm always so happy to see all of the wonderful organizational ideas each week :)

So. I know I've been showing a few pictures of my library bins this week and this is what I would like to feature for my Optimum Organization...because they are wonderful!!

They are called stacking bins from Really Good Stuff and they are meant for all kinds of storage. I wasn't sure if they would work out well for my books...the website shows them holding books by facing the bin the long way, like this:
But I didn't want that ridgy side to show, because I thought it would be too hard to attach a label to it. Plus I'm weird about having a smooth surface face front.

So I decided to try them out and face them this way instead...
They have worked so well! These bins can hold picture books really nicely...
and are wide enough to hold two rows of chapter books, side by side...
(sorry for the uninspiring pictures...it was SO hot the other day I just took a couple and left! More to come!)

I always worry excessively before I make a big purchase like this. I drive my bloggy friends crazy with questions, make measurements, second-guess myself...but it was all worth it this time because these bins will keep the heart of our classroom very organized!

Do you have an organizational find or tip you would like to share with us this week? Elizabeth and I would love to see you at...


  1. I really love your ideas in this post! I'm curious about your bin labels. I am in the market for buying new bins this year, too, and so need to relabel as well. Did you make your bin labels? Which type of label is that? Thanks a bunch for any additional info!

    1. Thanks Abbey! Yup I made them on my computer, printed on cardstock, and cut with an oval label (not that the cutter is necessary, but it made things easier!)


  2. I decided to buy some after all your posts! Thanks for showing how the picture books fit in there. Excited to get mine in the mail and show them off! The hot glue idea was genius. Thanks for all your reviews and posts about them.

    Miss A's Kindergarten

    1. Oh that awesome Sarah! I will have to watch for your post on them! I'm really happy this was of some help. I know how it is trying to decide on those kind of purchases!!

  3. Having two rows of chapter books in one bin is such a "duh!" idea- thank you!

    1. Thanks Rachel! I never thought of it 'til I got these guys so I'm with you on that :)

  4. I love seeing pictures of libraries and yours is so pretty! :) I'm still working on my library and hoping to finish before the new school year... but I always feel like it is a never-ending project! One question- do you label your books?
    Thanks for sharing pictures! :)

    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)

    1. Thank you Mrs. Thompson :) :)

      I do label them. I usually use sticker labels I've printed and then some packing tape to keep them secure but I am evolving the system to something new...I will be blogging about it very soon! Thanks again for reading and commenting.

    2. I'm excited to hear about your new system. I usually just stamp my name and write the level on the inside upper corner. I use cube shelves and drawers for my library and LOVE it! Here's what I mean:
      Click to SEE

      Notice how the middle two look cluttered and the outer columns look perfectly in order? Being OCD, I have all my books shelved in and the labels on tags hanging from the handles. Keeps it clean. Love your baskets, too, though!

      The Sweetest Thing
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  5. I'm so jealous of your matching bins...my library is made up of a mish-mash of like 20 different kinds and sizes. I just can't take the plunge and commit to one type of bin. I love you labels too!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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  6. I have been eyeing this bins for quite some time now and just haven't made the plunge. I have one from the dollar store that are OKAY, but love the colors of these so much more! :)

    Adventures in Room 204

  7. Last year I was able to "upgrade" to bins from RGS after receiving a generous parent donation. They completely changed the look & feel of my library. I LOVE them! I know they're a little pricey, but so worth the investment. Your oval labels are awesome.
    Tropical Teacher

  8. I am waiting another paycheck or so before purchasing these bins. I already have other bins from RGS but they are not all the same. My question though is about the shelving under the bins. I have seen these shelves in white but never in black. Did you paint them? Where did you buy them?


    1. Sorry for the delay Ashley, I couldn't find them where I originally got them, I've had them for years! They are by Plano, this site has them http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/668299-plano-4-shelf-black-solid-utility-shelf.html#.UeKhUcu9KK0

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  10. Loving all the organization and those bins are bright and fun and look super study:) You're making me want pink back in my color scheme...lol:) Looks amazing:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  11. I've been using stacking bins in my classroom for 5 years, and I love them. I never knew they had them in neon colors! So cute!

    my classroom is my runway

  12. Your posts have inspired me to buy these from Really Good Stuff (and your super bright labels that I love)! I'm curious about the black shelving shown that are holding your bins...

    I'm inheriting a room that has two rinky dink (UGLY!) bookshelves and I just can't bare to put my books on them! Can you share where you purchased the black shelves? They are exactly what I'm shopping for!


    1. Hi Samantha, oh my goodness do I understand the ugly shelves thing! I bought these ones years back and it took me all summer to keep going to Ace Hardware to get the one new set they would have at a time! I don't see them there anymore but I did see them on this site earlier (you aren't the only one asking about these!):


      I stacked mine three high and my dad helped me cut down the top four posts of each shelf (you can use a table saw, well I'm afraid to!) so they would be a bit shorter on the top and more kid-height.

      I hope this helps, thank you for the kind words!

    2. Thank you so much for the link!

  13. I love your bright new book baskets-so cute! I am trying to get at least another year out of mine..but seeing yours is definitely making me rethink that and leaving wondering if I should just splurge and get some new ones! They look great and your labels look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing and hosting this fabulous linky that is full of so many great ideas! :)

    Learning to the Core

  14. Kristen-

    I love this linky party! And I have an order ready for Really Good Stuff. Now I may need to add these stacking bins. Ha!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Teaching Little Miracles

  15. Kristen,
    How were you able to purchase the exact colors you wanted for these bins bc when I went on RGS they're grouped but missing a color. Can you purchase separates? Thanks!

  16. I am considering purchasing these for my students to keep under their chairs for book storage. Do you think they would hold up well/ are large enough??


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