Organizing Files for the Week

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving my friends! I hope your day is filled with fun, laughter, and great food!

As a very small way of saying thanks to you today, I have a little organizational file to share.

First, I will be very honest and share a picture of how my table looked a couple of months ago.

Brace yourself, it's not very organized...

and PROMISE you will not pin this image!!!
Ok, I realize it's not the end of the world and please believe me, my table has been MUCH worse but that really is a totally jumbled mess of things stuck in random pretty bins. And I couldn't find anything I needed without an extensive search.

This is why I have to label literally every.single.thing in my room. 

Otherwise I tend to just throw supplies and files into random bins, just to have a clear workspace.

I finally have it under control now, with some new labels and a set of folders...
(see the sunshine all around them, giving them a glow of happiness? That's how I feel when I see my table now!)

I made labels for Monday through Friday and then folders for each subject and part of our day, for each day of the week:
This lets me file work ahead of time (if I'm ever lucky enough to be ahead of schedule!!)

and keeps everything filed away for the day, without looking cluttered:
The best part? 

If we don't get to an activity, or it must be extended to the next day, I just move the folders on down.
I have two additional bins, for Assessment Papers and Important Forms as well:
The Important Forms bin holds folders for permission slips, book orders, popcorn orders, goal forms, class lists...anything and everything I could think of to keep filed away.

I've had the bins set up like this for a couple of months now and everything is just where it should be. Now I can find my files very quickly, even at those really hectic times (which is all the time during our day, right??)


In case you would like to try this kind of system out, I do have the labels above to share, just click on the image below to download:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2ARzMSbNzXNcGxsdzZqSXVPSk0/edit?usp=sharing

I hope there are some who can use this out there! And I hope you have the happiest of holidays...thanks so much for stopping by :)

18 comments

  1. Bless your heart and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Sydney!!! I know you wanted to use these, thanks for being so patient with me! :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing (as I am printing these!) Love the black folders too!

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    1. I'm so happy you can use them! I was really excited to find the black folders...they're just file folders, but I never knew they came in black too :)

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  3. Too cute!! Where did you get the bins for each day? I have the ones from Lakeshore, but these look taller than the ones I have.

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I got them from Really Good Stuff: http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/durable-magazine-book-binder-holders-neon/p/156298/

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your system and the labels. I am still working on a system that works for me and this will be a big help.

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    1. I'm so glad it could be of some help! It's funny how many systems you can go through with some things until you find something that works. Or maybe it's just me, haha! :/

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  5. Thank you for sharing the labels. I can't tell you how much you've helped me over the last few years with your blog. I'm a much calmer, more organized teacher thanks, in part, to your helpfulness. Thank you. :)

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    1. Oh my goodness, what a lovely thing to hear! I'm delighted that I could be of any help in this area...and I know what you mean, I would not be where I am today organizationally without the ideas shared online by other teachers.

      Thank you for the kind comment, it made my day! :) :)

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  6. The labels are adorable, thank you for sharing! I love the colors:).

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  7. Thank you for sharing the labels! This is my first year teaching and in 5th grade. I have followed your blog since I found out I finally go the job! Thank you for all of your help!

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  8. Thank you for yet another great set of labels! I love everything you create! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  9. Hi, not sure if my comments are appearing on your page...I love this idea! thank you for sharing....I am just wondering what font you have used for your labels MON, TUES, WED etc? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  10. This is fantastic! I was wondering if you printed those on actual labels or just on white paper and then glue them on to the containers?

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    1. Hi Jen, thanks!! I printed them on card stock and laminated them, then hot glued the labels on the bins ;)

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  11. I was wondering if you have the label for homework assignments and reading assignments?

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  12. You are so kind to share these. Can you tell me the font you used for MON, TUES, WEDS? as well as the cursive? I'd like to make other things for my class to coordinate with this.

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