18 Classroom Organization Hacks To Try in 2018

18 Classroom Organization Hacks To Try in 2018

Updated 04/23/19

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The start of the new year is a great time to reflect on what’s been working (and not working) in your classroom. If your once Pinterest-worthy teaching space is beginning to look a little dismal these days, here are some simple hacks that can help transform your cluttered classroom into an organized oasis that fuels creativity.


Simple classroom hacks using everyday supplies

1. Tin cans.

Use empty tin cans as wall organizers and fill them with anything from crayons, to scissors, to Legos. Just use super glue to adhere them to a wall or bulletin board, or stick them to any magnetic surface!

Via Teach for America

2. Empty tissue boxes.

Keep extra plastic bags in empty tissue boxes for sending home projects or wet clothes so they’re contained and ready to use when you need them.

Via Scholastic

3. Address stickers.

Stick address labels on books, classroom supplies, storage containers, shelves……anything that can be labeled. That way there’s no question about where things belong or who they belong to.

Via Scholastic

4. Empty cereal boxes.

Stack and glue empty cereal boxes together and wrap them in fun paper to use as “in and out boxes” on a bookshelf or other convenient space. Have kids turn in their work to the top bin and pick it up from the bottom bin.

Via Pinterest

5. Empty salt and pepper shakers.

Put glitter into recycled salt and pepper shakers to minimize the mess, and avoid sweeping up glitter for the rest of the week (or month).

Via Apartment Therapy

6. Home Depot Nail Aprons.

Tie nail aprons around students’ chairs for the perfect place for kids to keep their chapter books. (At $.97 each, these are so much cheaper than the book pouches from school supply stores!).

Via Confessions of a Nerdy Teacher

7. Dish rack

Use one to organize and store all of your folders (the utensil holder can hold markers or pencils too!). Jazz it up with a bit of paint or washi tape.

 Via Buzzfeed

8. Muffin trays

Use them to store plastic cups filled with paint brushes, scissors, markers and colored pencils, creating an instant art supply tray for activity centers.

 Via Buzzfeed

9. Binder clips.

Never lose another cord by storing them all in the same place using simple binder clips.

Via SimpleK12

10. Paint stirrers (free at hardware stores).

These are great for dividing books by author’s initials so classroom libraries can finally stay organized.

 Via Buzzfeed


Cool supplies to help you stay organized

11. Teacher binder clips ($11.99) 

teacher binder clips

Via We Are Teachers

14. Learning Resources Create-a-Space Storage Center ($18.99)

storage center with school supplies


12. Classroom mailbox ($26):

blue classroom mailbox

Via We Are Teachers

13. Desktop organizer (that even has a place for your phone) $34

desktop supply organizer

Via We Are Teachers


Easy (and cheap) hacks to brighten up your classroom

15. Transform walls into a creative space.

Have an ugly wall? Hang a few sheets of shower paneling from a home store and let kids write or draw on the walls with dry erase markers. Chalkboard paint is another great alternative.

Via Scholastic

16. Spruce up a boring bookshelf.
Use contact paper to liven up a bookshelf, or add a coat of paint and white circle stickers to add some whimsy.

Via Buzzfeed

17. Hit the fabric store.

If you have an unsightly file cabinet or storage area, cover it up with some fun fabric.

Via Mashable

18. Make washi tape your new best friend.

Don’t want to redo your whole file cabinet? No problem, just dress up the edges with some funky patterned washi tape. This Japanese craft tape can make anything look instantly fun and adorable.

Via Fusion Yearbooks


So there you have it! Simple and inexpensive items that can turn your classroom from dull to dreamy in no time flat. And they’re super easy to add to your class wish list too! Click here to post your class wish list today. 

Have more ideas that you think teachers should know about? Leave a comment and let us know! 

Originally posted 2018

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2 Comments for 18 Classroom Organization Hacks To Try in 2018

Mary Welch

Thanks, I needed that.


    You are most welcome Mary. We are very glad you found this information useful!