Why Wednesday: Organization BTS14

I'm back for WHY Wednesday! 
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In case you haven't been keeping track... here is the whole week planned out. 
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Today I am going to share a little bit about how I organize my materials and why it works.  

Have you moved lately?  I've moved a lot lately!  Atleast it feels like it.  When you move it makes you reevaluate all your systems.  Especially how you store and organize teaching materials.  I hate that feeling when I want to use something that I know is super useful but I can't find it.  

Enter the dreaded file cabinet. 

I would file stuff away and NEVER EVER look at it again.  Really!  

So this year I decided when I moved I would leave my file cabinet behind.  It was a little scary but boy oh boy was I glad I didn't have to move that thing.  I also cleared out all the files and only saved what I would need in Kindergarten. (I found old 5th grade stuff in that thing!)

My solution? 
BINDERS!
Who doesn't love a binder? 

I created some covers and spine labels to create monthly binders. 
I've started getting my resources together and I put each month's activities in the binder.  Now when I'm ready for it I know where to find it.  While I was at it I also made the spines for all those "mystery" binders I had in my closet.  No more searching! 

Another organization tip?  This is not a secret.  If you love labeling things like me then you must be a teacher!  I also matched up all my math tubs so my labels would match.  Yes...I did. 
I like keeping multiple boxes of manipulatives so they can be handy whenever I'm teaching on the fly (my favorite kind of teaching!).
My binders and labels are all available in my Classroom Decor Pac
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