Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tame the Paper Monster Part 4: Papers for Students

The organization frenzy continues! Today I'm going to show you what I do with the papers I need to give my students and/or use in lessons. 
If you are just joining in on the series you can get your organization on here: part 1, part 2, and part 3.

There are two parts to this system: a 3-drawer box and a hanging file organizer. 

We'll start out with the 3-drawer box. This is where I store papers until I'm ready to use them with my students. As soon as I copy something I put it in the corresponding subject drawer. I used my Silhouette Cameo and some vinyl to create some fun labels for each of the drawers. 

The other part of the system involves this hanging file folder chart. 

Every afternoon before I leave school I open my lesson plans and check to see what papers I'll need for the next day's lessons. I pull them out of the 3-drawer box and put them in the pockets in the order I'll use them (nerdy I know, but that's just how I roll). 

This chart is really sturdy and can hold a lot of papers. You can see in this picture it even has room for our Studies Weekly newspapers. I also use it to keep foldable examples and lesson pages I might need throughout the day. Just like last week, the whole goal here is to keep the papers off my desk! 

It keeps all my papers out of the way and helps me to stay on track with what we will be doing next. 

What paper "tricks" do you use in your classroom? 


  1. Is hiding paper in the filing cabinet a trick? No? I don't really have any tricks. I try a bunch of things each year, but I always end up with paper clutter that makes me crazy. I need to completely purge my filing cabinet this year!
    The plastic drawer system looks really good! And the labels are very cute :-)


  2. I do something similar to the red hanging file. Instead of hanging them, I just have each stack clipped together, in order of sequence, in a little basket next to my computer. That's right next to the SMART board, so I have everything handy, ready to go.

    I can't wait for your next post! I'm organizationally challenged, for sure..

  3. I have a metal sorter that I sort Monday through Friday papers. It's a sturdy thing I found years ago at a goodwill. The afternoon before I pull everything from the rack to my front cart in order for the next day. It's nice having everything within easy reach. I use your same storage drawer as a laminating station for myself. One drawer has the pouches, another has papers I need to laminate, and the third is for things I've laminated but haven't cut out. :)

  4. Taming the paper monster is a constant hobby of mine - I love using the three-drawer sets! Found your blog through Currently - it's really cute!

  5. I love it! Thank you for sharing. <3 Where can I purchase the HOOKS that are holding up your red file folder chart? Thank you in advance! Blessings!

    1. The hooks are command strip hooks. I bought them in a pack of 4 or so.

  6. Can I ask where you found the red, hanging organizer with pockets?

    1. I think that organizer came from Scholastic.


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