Sunday, May 20, 2012

Organizing Monthly Supplies

How do you keep your monthly supplies organized? I have had so many emails and comments regarding this, that it has been somewhat overwhelming. I figured their were more teachers out there like me who were starting to pack up to move or trying to get ahead of the game and begin organizing their monthly supplies.

I’m not sure if there is a right or wrong way to organize, but I am planning on organizing my items in/out of my room by month. I figured I would purchase 10 matching bins. (Oh no, does this warrant a trip to Target or Big Lots? Shhh don’t tell my hubby!)

I plan on labeling the bins with these “polka dot labels” I created. Love the bright colors!!


I plan on storing my monthly supplies in each bin

Here is a sample of some of my monthly themes

August/September: back to school, apples,

October: Halloween, Open House, Scarecrows, Monster, etc.

November: Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, 50th Day

December: Gingerbread, Grinch, Reindeer, Christmas, Elf

January: New Year’s, Polar Bear, MLK, Penguins, Chinese New Year

February: Dental Health, Groundhog’s Day, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, 100th Day

March: Dr. Seuss, St. Patrick’s Day

April: Easter, Earth Day

May: Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Butterflies

June: Carnival, Beach, Luau

I plan on keeping my themes/holidays separated with XL Ziploc Baggies (Love these- Use theme to store my bulletin board supplies and yearly classroom themes)

I have seen teacher’s keep their “monthly” theme box down the entire month (slide it under a table or keep it in the corner) That way you can have supplies readily available at your fingertips, plus you can put any new “cute” craftivity items you make in the bin. I think keeping it down for the entire month is a great way to keep everything together and to assist you to stay organized all throughout the year. (Let’s face it we all find a  straggling art project or center here and there.)

Would you like a copy of my “MONTHLY STORAGE” LABELS?


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  1. February!!! Gah! Lol thanks for the adorable labels :)

  2. I do love a good bin!! :) And your labels, too!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  3. I am obsessed with all things polka dots. Thank you for sharing these! Did you make the cute frame in the middle or did you purchase it somewhere?

  4. These will go great with my polka dot theme!! Thanks so much.

    Miss J

    Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories

  5. I organize my holiday items the same way! I keep up on the top of my cupboards and drag it down for the month. With reorganizing and getting rid of my teacher desk on Monday, I'm hoping to find space for them down lower! I find that I do really well putting items back in the container, but dread standing up on the counter to get it back up there:) Thank you for the labels, I was just thinking the other day I really needed to update mine!

  6. I love polkadots! I am planning on a polka dot theme for next year. Thanks for making these & sharing them!
    Jen's Kinder Kids
    Please come by & visit!

  7. Cute labels Melissa!! If you wait until Target puts their dorm/college stuff out in the summer there are always super cheap colorful bins! All of mine are teal and pink!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  8. Cutsie labels!!! and I agree with Nicole! Target has them for the best price and with a type A like me they all have to match!


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog
    My TpT Store

  9. Great ideas!

  10. These are adorable! Where did you purchase the frames that you used on these? I have been looking EVERYWHERE on the internet, but can't figure out what they are called or where everyone has bought them! Thanks for the great freebie!

  11. I second Mrs. Johnson's request for the frames! I too have seen them on other products, but haven't been successful in finding where to purchase them. I'd love to know where to find them. :)


  12. I found where to purchase the frames...

  13. I tried finding matching frames as well... I teach summer school and was trying to make matching labels so I can have bins for July, August and September individually... or you could post those as well.... that would be even better.

    1. oops.... I just found the updated file.... Thanks again for all the cute Polka-dot labels.... LOVE THEM!!!

  14. I'm a first year teacher so I've been on the lookout for great organizational ideas. I love your blog and the materials you create! So grateful to be able to gain so much advice and words of wisdom from experienced teachers.

  15. I absolutely love your polka dot classroom labels. This is going to be my theme this year. Is there any way you could make me separate labels for July and August?



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