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Spring Cleaning Link Up with Primary Possibilities

I am linking up with Primary Possibilities to tag along on her Spring Cleaning post.  I also hate center materials getting lost, crushed, mixed up, etc.  It drives me crazy.  I want to be able to walk to the cabinet or shelf, find what I need and not lose any instruction time.

These are my favorite item!  They are cardboard magazine holders from Ikea and I have them all over my room!  There is an entire shelf devoted to file folder or envelope games.  Each box is labeled with a topic or month.  I have them facing backwards like they are in this picture so that I don't have to look at all of the envelopes.  The kids are not allowed to touch them!  I also use these to organize my classroom library and the kids keep their folders in them on a shelf  at the end of their table.  Yes, they eventually break down, but you can't beat the price!  $1.49/5 pack!  Sure, I would love to have the colorful plastic ones from Really Good Stuff, but my wallet does not agree with me.

I use these $1 pencil boxes for all the rest of my centers and math manipulatives.  I have our math manipulatives divided out so that each table can have their own box.  I put all of the card games in here and have each box labeled with the name of the game and the month it is for.  Our building used to be a middle school, so our halls are lined with lockers...aka storage!  I can fit two stacks of these pencil boxes in each locker for all of the random materials that we "have to have," but rarely use, like popsicle sticks, extra post-it notes, clothespins, googly eyes, etc.  

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