How Ya “Bin”?

This is the time of year I notice piles start to accumulate. We are somewhere in the middle of the year, we’ve passed the halfway point, but still busy as ever. If we don’t organize and get it together now, cleaning and organizing our rooms at the end of the year will cause even more stress! So, I embarked on a few fun projects around my room to spruce up and get some organization back, which I will share in the next few days.

First project: Teacher Bins.  I realized I really needed a place to store items I grabbed during my conversations with students on the carpet. Vocab Cards, Games, Color Cards, etc.  I needed to organize them for myself so they didn’t end up on a pile on my desk at the end of the day.  Using old Rubbermaid tubs I had on hand I corralled everything, however, the old labels from years ago looked messy and unkept.

Here is the before shot.

I made some quick labels using Word, attached them and suddenly these old Bins look New! So How Ya Bin?  Now that my Bins are organized, I’ve Bin doing great!


I used velcro dots to attach these for staying power through the years. They are printed on card-stock. This idea is cheap (this was free), looks great, and provides a function.  What more could you want in a classroom organizing project!?

Coming up soon- How will I organize all of my vocabulary cards?  They are doing no good just sitting in my organized little bin if I am not using them with students. I have some great ideas up my sleeve I can’t wait to show you.

What little things make a big difference in your classroom?

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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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