Thinking Outside the Box(es)

I usually save these kinds of posts for New Year's, when I'm turning over a new leaf and my need for organization is at an all-time high, but I've come to realize there is no bad time to talk about being organized.

I follow a lot of home organization blogs, which my husband would argue seems kind of oxy-moronic since our house could use a tad bit more, ahem, order, BUT---the crazy thing is, these blogs are actually helping! Over the past year, I've taken quite a liking to organizing and dare I say, enjoy it, usually. 

So this here today is my attempt at an organization blog entry. First though, I feel the need to warn you, my version is going to be a little less this:

And a little more this:

Fancy, huh?

Today, it's all about the copy paper boxes in the classroom. Now, let me start off by saying that I feel like I have tried every organizational system in the BOOK. Filing cabinets, cute baskets sorted by subject, you get the idea. But nothing has worked. Until copy paper boxes.

Friends, it is as simple as it looks: Every month has a box and every box has a pile of materials inside. At the beginning of every month, I dump that sucker out and begin piecing together my month. Honestly, it's that simple. 

Once I get those piles together (usually by week, so 4 piles to be exact), I sort them into these top of the line organizational drawers:
If I'm feeling extra organized, I'll even have file folders labeled Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4---just depends on the month. Down below, I'll file things for the next 2 months that I don't want to forget about once it comes time to implement.

This has been a super system for me, yet it's so easy, a caveman could do it.

**Sidenote---this obviously applies to all hard copies of materials I have. An increasing number of my materials are stored digitally since I have made them or bought them from Teachers Pay Teachers, so these are organized on my computer. HOWEVER, in each monthly box of hard materials, I also include a growing list of digital materials I own that I don't want to forget to use with each month! 

How do you organize materials in your classroom? Please share!

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