Dec 30, 2011

Help...How Do You Store Your Centers and TPT Sale Continues

I have been going to school to try to clean out my January files to update them with some new things.  I feel like I keep buying storage things and spending a lot of money trying to get organized.  You would think after 25 years that I would be the queen of organizing, but part of the problem is I keep buying/making new things!!  I have found  pockets at Staples, but they are costing me a fortune!!  What do you use for storing your centers when you are not using them.  I have the Cropper Hopper storage bins for the kids to use when they are using the centers, but my problem is what to do after I am done with them.  I am a "pitcher" so I do get rid of a lot of old.  I would love to see/hear how you store your centers.
Don't forget that our 20% off TPT sale continues through Monday.  Check out all of our fun January units on our last 2 posts. 

15 comments:

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

mine are stored in large envelopes or ziplock bags then placed in plastic boxes by holiday/themes...

i throw away alot too.. in fact i probably just threw out 1/2 of everything that was in my "winter" box.. i make new stuff every year and if you don't throw away you end up with 10x more than you can actually use!

Camille said...

SIgh. I struggle with this also. I have a box for each month that I store items associated with that month. Then I also organized my math by concepts (a la Debbie Diller - but not near as well as she did). So it sounds like I am organized, but I am actually a mess. So many of the math games I am getting from you all are holiday /month related. Do I put those in the month box? But what if my students next year are ready for place value in November, but the perfect game is in the January box with snowmen? This is the type of thing that I struggle with and so I end up with piles and piles of things that I struggle to place in the perfect place because I can't figure out the perfect place. Oh, and I do have WAY too much stuff.
Camille
An Open Door

Busy Bees said...

I have thought about the ziplock baggies when I am finished with a unit so that I can put it into storage. I store things by unit/months, but I am running out of storage!! I end up with piles, too Camille!!
Robynn

Laurie said...

I'm constantly weeding through things too because I always change up what I do. I keep all of my Daily 5 activities in the gallon size ziplock clear bags. I bought a 6 cubby shelf from Target with the baskets. I labeled each one (word work, work on writing, listen to reading, math, science). I store all of them in the baskets. I'm not sure if it's the best. I still find I'm searching through the baskets to find what I need.

I can't wait to see what other people do!

Laurie
http://firstgradelyonsden.blogspot.com/

Mary Pitner said...

Why is this so hard? :) I use zip lock baggies, storage boxes, anything I can find! And I still don't feel like I am organized! I've gotten great ideas from other bloggers and feel like I am a little better, but I still need help!

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Jen R. (The Teachers' Cauldron) said...

I've heard of people getting those small rubbermaid boxes and storing their stuff in there by holidays/months...but their centers are stored in the large envelopes. This is what I was going to start trying.
Jen Ross
The Teachers’ Cauldron

Busy Bees said...

I know exactly what you mean by the boxes are too small for large envelopes, so as some have suggested ziplock baggies might be perfect!!
Robynn

Kris said...

I use cardboard boxes for my different themes. I have store my books and supplies for each unit in each box with a list of what is it for the next year. I am thinking that units that I download I might put on a thumb drive and not store as much. It is a challenge as a teacher not to keep accumulating. I also give extras that I won't use that year to new teachers if they want it.

Michelle Rist said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one still trying to figure it out! It's so sad how much stuff I have that I never use because I forget I have it or can't find it! I was thinking of ordering some expandable folders and trying those for my printed activities. My activites with manipulatives are kept in plastic storage boxes.

Edana said...

I use large manila envelopes. I glue the title or cover page of the center on the front then laminate the envelope. Then I use an exacto knife and cut the slit at the top & insert the pieces for the centers. I have them in bins labeled by theme. Hope this helps :)

Color Me Kinder

Barbara said...

Oh yeah, storage is a problem. I don't have a lot of centre stuff but I store things in cardboard boxes, monthly binders and on my computer.
Barbara
Grade ONEderful

Tricia said...

I just found your blog. I am a new follower.

Busy Bees said...

You girls are wonderful. So many great suggestions that I can think about over New Years. Happy New Years! I will keep you posted of pictures soon of what I decide to do!!

Michelle Rist said...

This would be a great linky party! So many great ideas.

I've nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out when you have time!

http://inspiredbykindergarten.blogspot.com

Debbie said...

Love your blog site...getting ready to go over to your store.