The Clutter-Free Classroom Project: Week #6 Challenge STORAGE

If you are just joining us, you'll want to start here or check out my Clutter-Free Guide to Organizing and Managing Your Classroom.

Last week we began talking about storage containers. I say "started" because I swear I could start a whole blog dedicated to my love for them.

I'm not joking.

I'm all about "containerizing."

It's totally a verb.

Everything is SO much more organized when it is sorted and separated.

Not only do I have storage containers for everything, but I have containers within containers to make it all the more sorted.

Having a love affair with containers "could" be pricey. But it can also be free/cheap.

And that's the most fun kind of all.

  • It let's you be creative.
  • I helps the environment.
  • It makes things customized.
  • It enhances the look of your classroom.
  • It sets a great example to your students on how to be resourceful.
Your task for this week is to "upcycle" a container to make it "classroom worthy." On Saturday (2/11) I'll take you on a tour of the "upcycled" containers in my classroom.

Think both "about the box" and "outside the box." Boxes are great and a super easy container to start with. Remember, the goal is to create a uniform look so look for containers that you can acquire in bulk that will be the same size/shape.

Ask friends, coworkers, neighbors, and parents for donations of SPECIFIC containers. Did you notice that was bold and in all caps? That, my friends, is because if you just say "containers" you will become the town's new recycling center.

Scrapbook paper, contact paper, patterned duct tape, spray paint, and Modge Podge are your best friends.

Look for items specific to your needs in terms of space and shape.

Think about items that come with covers (yogurt containers, deli containers, etc.

On Friday, I'll put up the Linky Party related to the Clutter-Free Classroom PROJECT. The Linky will be ongoing and you can always jump in and link up at anytime. If you don't have a blog you can respond to the prompt in the comment section on Friday's post. Below is this week's prompt. Keep these questions in mind as you take your pictures:

Show us an upcycled project you have found online or created yourself. Tell us about it and what it can/will be used for.
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