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December 28, 2012

Organize Me....Please!!!! {Plus a FLASH GIVEAWAY}


Can I get an amen?!? Now...change house to classroom, and we have a winner! This year, I am determined to stop pinning and start implementing. {I will let you know how this works out for me!} 

Until then, I am counting my blessings, and I am teaming up with some of my sweetest bloggy BFFs to share some of my New Year's Resolutions. It never fails...one of my biggest resolutions {every.single.year} is to organize my life! Seriously, one can never be too organized! Right?!? 


Here are several steps that I am *going* to take in the next few weeks to "get-it together" and organize my life! 

Step 1: Erin Coronden Life Planner {Oh Yes!} 
I have never *ever* been a write it down kinda gal! However {and this is a big however}, I either have too much on my plate, or my age is getting the best of me, because I forget every.thing lately. I can't wait for this sweet little love to come in the mail. I am hoping that this can add a few years to my life and keep me going in the right direction! 

Step 2: Organize my plans and materials


It has been no secret this year that I have not been able to get ahead of the game. Moving grade levels each year has definitely presented it's share of challenges. Now that I am getting the hang of things, I hope to be able to get myself a little ahead each week. I love how my sweet friend, Lindsey, has organized her weekly materials. I think if I force myself to create a system, I will be better about thinking ahead and not waiting until the last minute. Something else that may add another 10 years to my life!  


Step 3: Organize my Paperwork! {Ay..yi..yi}


One major change from primary grades to elementary...the graded paperwork! It becomes very time consuming in the classroom trying to figure out who has turned in what...who is missing what...who hasn't taken what....! I am so in love with this little system for turning in papers from Simply 2nd Resources. I love how in just one glance you know exactly who has turned in what and what you are still missing. This is genius! Period! Check it out by clicking on the link above! 

Step 4: Organize my Chapter Books: 


I have posted information about how I organize my library many times, but one thing that I just hadn't quite figured out is how to level and organize all of my chapter books.  Then, I stumbled across this system above. Again...genius! This system uses paint sticks and alphabet stickers to organize books by level! Seriously?!? How easy is that? I love...love...love this and can't wait to give my chapter book organization a makeover ASAP! 

Step 5: Organize My Jewelry



I know, I know...you say this has nothing to do with school...*but*...if I could find all of my accessories each morning, I would arrive to school 15 minutes earlier! Which means that I could get more things ready in the morning and leave earlier in the afternoon. Or...it means that I could sleep 15 minutes longer in the morning. Both situations are a win for me...and my husband, since I am always asking...have you seen my________?!? {Like he even knows what the heck I am talking about, and he is *so* not a morning person.} This is happening for me tomorrow! I have already made plans for an "organize my closet" day. My jewelry is in need of some good TLC! Plus, how cute is that earring organizer?!? 

Okay...so these may be pins now, but they are turning into reality in my life! I have already started several projects. I will be sure to post updates and let you all know how much easier my life becomes with a little more organization! {No...That was not meant to be a joke!} :) 

Be sure and link up below to share how you are going to meet all of your organizational needs this year! 

NOW....

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If you like what you see above, check out the following blogs for more fabulous ideas! 

Erica: Erica Bohrer's First Grade

Lindsey: The Teacher Wife
Michelle: Fab-u-lous in First
Amy: Step Into Second Grade
Amanda: One Extra Degree
Anna: Crazy for First Grade
Cheryl: Primary Graffiti 
Deanna: Mrs. Jump's Class
Deedee: Mrs. Wills Kindergarten 
Natalie and Rachelle: What the Teacher Wants
Sarah: First Grader At Last
Kim: Kinder Gals
Kathleen: Growing Kinders
Cara: The First Grade Parade
Abby: The Inspired Apple 

Now what are you waiting for...link up and show us how you will get organized with the new year! 

124 comments:

  1. I love using baskets for my stuff! Great giveaway! Hoping to win!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  3. I love my erin condren products too! her stuff is AMAZING! :)

    arisbeth.rossi@gmail.com

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  4. I have many organizing pins, but I know that those are only pins... :P

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  5. I bought the Monday-Friday drawers from Lowes a couple of years ago. Everything for the day goes into the basket.
    Barbara
    happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com
    meadowt@comcast.net

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  6. I love drawer towers. I have 1 with 12 drawers - each draw has a different math strand to store my games for the kids to use during math groups.

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  7. I plan out cleaning out my closet today. I need to get rid of some old stuff in order to fit in the new stuff I got for Christmas. I will tackle school after the new year (hopefully...lol).
    Kelly
    kellydeannab@hotmail.com

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  8. I love binders! I have one for our family binder and school binders for each kid. It keeps me organized and help me find stuff easily.

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  9. Organizing is one of those perpetual things in life like doing laundry, brushing your teeth, filling your car with gas, washing/putting dishes away, etc. I found out what I need to include is purging. YES! Putting things in my "round file" helps with organization along with all the wonderful ideas I have read throughout many blogs. Thanks a bunch.

    Fawn, fmahalo@sbcglobal.net

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  10. Your ideas look fabulous! I'm especially loving the jewelry storage ideas you have! Definitely post how it turns out!

    Leanne
    Mrs. Prince & Co.

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  11. I have a file on my computer which has the title of every book in my classroom and where they are located =) It is a lifesaver!!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  12. I hear you on how changing grade levels throws a kink in things! There has been so much to get used to curriculum wise that I haven't spent enough time organizing it all!!
    Lisa
    Fourth and Ten
    Like Fourth and Ten on Facebook!

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  13. I am using magazine boxes for my daily "papers" which is working well.

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  14. I have a little laminated card with all my students names in boxes so that when I have called them over to do an activity (I teach Kindy) I can cross them off and not spend 5 minutes at the end trying to work out who that one child I've missed is!

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  15. I organize some of my tech life by using google reader to follow blogs.

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  16. My "organize my life" pinterest board continues to grow and grow! Going to link up with some of my finds!
    ***LOVE*** the jewelry organizer!! Gorgeous!

    Kelly
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

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  17. I label absolutely everything!! I used to use a Dymo label maker, but since I've gotten hooked on TPT and cutesy fonts, I create my own labels, print them on cardstock, laminate (sometimes), and hot glue them to the fronts of all the plastic bins I have in my classroom. I also use Lyndsey's (over at www.ayearofmanyfirsts.blogspot.com) freebie book bin labels to organize my classroom library.

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  18. I have my files by weeks, but now maybe I should go by days too! I organize my chapter books by month with magazine holders.

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  19. I LOVE, Love, love my Erin Condren life planner! I never used to write anything down either....but the life planner really worked for me last year!! I also need to organize my jewelry. I loved the jewelry organizer!!!! Super cute!!! One of my resolutions is to organize my bills with a cute bill organizer I pinned, figure out that "perfect" way to do my lesson plans, and organize my computer files (all those things from TPT) better!!
    Heather

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  20. having four kids under four and twin boys organizing is a never ending battle!
    Love your blog!
    Amyward79@hotmail.com

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  21. The clothespins and the paint sticks ideas are genius! Can't wait to use them in my classroom! Thanks! :o)

    Ashlynn
    aewipf@gmail.com

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  22. I love all your organizational ideas. I have weekly files like you showed but I never thought to do three weeks in three different colors! Going to get right on that!

    kemenielsen@yahoo.com

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  23. I too love pinning organizing ideas - just not following through. I have organized my jewellry though - on the inside of a closet door! Love the clothespins and paint sticks.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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  24. Lots of jump drives! I have all of my teacher resources organized by topic and subject area. Now I just need to figure out a system for organizing my clip art and digital paper!

    Karen
    www.anappleadayinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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  25. I love all of the organization ideas. :)
    I need a planner from Erin!!!

    Diane

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  26. I love the paint sticks to organize your books! And I love your weekly organizer! What great ideas! I definitely need help with organization!
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  27. I love to organize, So just when I have things the way I like them I decide I want to change my system and then I get to reorganize them all over again. I used to have everything organized in plastic tubs by concept. Then I moved to binders. Now, in order to save space, I'm trying to get as much as I can into my filing cabinets. We'll see how long that lasts. Ha!

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  28. I also have monthly binders inside monthly boxes - so easy - I just pull out the box and everything comes out and at the end everything goes back in!!

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  29. I love the idea for turning in papers from Simply 2nd Resources. I think I am going to try that this semester. Thank You

    Melody Stokesberry
    melody.stokesberry@yahoo.com

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  30. I love my Erin Condren life planner too--I'm not really a jot it down kind of girl, but I definitely know how you feel with not remembering! I'm going to try to make a conscious effort to write more in my planner and since it's so pretty, I want to write in it :)

    --jen
    teaching,life,and everything in between

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  31. My jewelry hangs on a super cute, shabby chic coat hanger that is made out of iron. I wear my jewelry MUCH more when I can really see what I have!! LOVE IT! I also like the idea for turning papers in that you shared! Thanks!

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  32. I So need to organize my jewelry like that! Oh my goodness, that looks so nice. My classroom tends to be pretty organized but my home is another story! :)
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  33. I love organizing, but don't always follow though on a daily basis and PILE things. SIGH!

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  34. I like the paint sticks! Very clever. I organized my jewelry on special closet hooks.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  35. Everyone tells me I am very organized, but I don't think so. I guess it's because, in school, I have all my supplies ready in baskets.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  36. I love the Erin Condren life planner.I could use this in my life. the jewelery organizer is very cute!

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  37. I bought some awesome jewelry organizers when I attempted to sell lia Sofia jewelry. Selling was a flop but the displays are perfect organizers and I love how I can see all of my jewelry.

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  38. I use bins to control my paper clutter. Once a week, I sort, file or toss.
    Jennifer

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  39. Love the ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    yvonnee

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  40. Hi~
    I use white binders to hold all of my printables. They are organized by subject area/ and..or..by genre.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Robyn

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  41. I use magazine boxes to organize my everyday papers an folders at school.
    Carolyn

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  42. I have the one jewelry organizer and love it! Here is the link to the store in etsy where you can purchase it! You get to pick the finish, but I chose to have it unfinished and white washed it!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpiritRanchCreations?ref=pr_shop_more

    Alisha

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  43. I have a rolling cart with multi-colored drawers I keep behind my reading table to keep all my papers for the week handy.

    Pitner's Potpourri

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  44. In my volunteer service station area I have a 3-drawer plastic bin with drawers labeled "copy" "file" and "grade". Parent volunteers can go to the drawers when they're wondering what lies in store for them that day. :)

    Katie
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

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  45. My teacher toolbox was the best creation I made this summer. It actually keeps me wanting to stay organized because I am so proud of how it looks!
    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

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  46. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing and the fun giveaway!

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  47. I have a colorful rolling bin where I keep copies for each day of the week.

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  48. I am not organized at all so i hope to get some great tips :)
    aconnolly1216@gmail.com

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  49. Drat and a half. I am SUCH an organized person ... in theory. In practice? Sigh. Not. Will be reading everyone's posts in hopes of help!

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  50. I have an Erin Condren Calendar. It has actually taken me some time to get used to because I am so use to using my iPhone calendar. I think I will probably use it more once my baby comes to track the feedings. Thanks for organizing this link up. I plan on adding my blog later once I figure out my resolutions. :-)

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  51. I use two sets of colored folders to put my weekly work in after it has been printed and sorted. I try to stay 2 weeks ahead
    cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

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  52. I love the stackable trays, one for every day of the week!! It really helps me!!!

    Angela
    The Daily Alphabet

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  53. I have Monday through Friday tote trays, and put everything I need for each day in the tote. Because I often do the same things on certain days of the week, many materials can always stay in a certain tote. I like the paper correcting idea posted above too. Might have to try that! Thanks!! Missplott@gmail.com

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  54. I love binders, bins, and cubbies. Organized and out of sight. I inventoried all of my classroom library books. I can find any book in seconds. The scanner and barcode make it easy to track. I haven't been as good this year about making students check out books since only my homeroom and my other reading class use them.
    Learning in Bliss

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  55. I color code everything by subject either by containers or labels. It helps my kidos know what they are working on as well as where in the room it goes.

    Pauline
    First Grade by the Sea

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  56. We copy A LOT on construction paper at my school. We also have to cut the giant construction paper into a smaller size that will fit in the copier. I cut lots of different colors of construction paper at the same time and store them (organized by color of course) in magazine holders on top of my cubbies. That way, I can always grab and go and not spend time cutting construction paper on my conference time.

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  57. I keep all of my papers in a turn in box for the kids to give anything to me that they need to... That way it doesn't get lost! I just take the box home with me and then all the papers always stay together! It has been working so far! Whenever students have work that needs to be finished or made up it gets clipped on the board with a magnet clip. Each day before recess I see who still has work that needs to be finished.

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  58. I've recently been working on getting all of my seasonal decor and activities together... I will be checking the other blogs to see if there is any insight on them! So much stuff... so little room to keep it all!

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  59. I have a bucket with file folders for each upcoming week for about 3 weeks out. I try and put what needs to be copied in each folder. I think I should add each day in each one as well like in your post. That looks like a great idea!

    mondragondrea@gmail.com

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  60. I'm a basket junkie in my classroom! Seriously, I love a bunch of baskets that coordinate to organize classroom materials in a way that doesn't look "thrown together," even when it is!

    ~Jen
    Hello Mrs Sykes

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  61. I am looking for organizing tips. I need to throw out all the old 3-6 grade stuff in my classroom, or give it away. I also need to clean out my closets so I can packstuff away easily at the end of the year.

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  62. I did a similar thing with paint sticks and my read aloud books, organized by theme in order of when we do each theme throughout the year. Good luck organizing!

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  63. I like using my daily folders for student worksheets and activities

    deannd89@gmail.com

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  64. I learned so many new tricks from you fabulous ladies. I don't know that I have much to offer, but I will give it a whirl.

    Amy
    Mello’s Memos

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  65. I love, love, love my Erin Condren planner..waiting on the new one to arrive any day! Here's hoping to win!

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  66. I have been using my ipad to organize my books in my room. It is FAB.U.LOUS! The APP is Book Crawler. LOVE IT! :)

    Jennifer
    Keys4education
    jennkeys@gmail.com

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  67. This last summer I put all my masters into binders. As I find new materials, I just punch them and add it to the binder it belongs. I also use baskets in my classroom. I use bins at home which helps a lot with so many things.

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  68. I love my erin condren life planner. I discovered in last December and just ordered my new one for this year. YOU WILL LOVE IT!! I also use the M-F tabs for my lessons and it has helped me tremendously! I, too, have changed grade levels and needed the last idea to help me stay on top of grading and missing work. I'm going to study that post and implement it in January! One thing I have done the last 5 years is create a weekly tabbed binder. Each week has a set of lesson plans and all the masters I use. Although, I do change things up each year, the basics are there, and it helps to have it all together. I love your blog! Happy organizing!!

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  69. I have heard much about the Erin Condren calendars! I think I might just have to get one! I also love the idea of using clips to keep track of turned in work! Very helpful!
    Curls and a Smile

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  70. Oops my email is clark723@gmail.com

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  71. I have never used these linky's before but I just changed my blog name/address so the link doesn't work. My new link is posted above. If you can delete the Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks one that would be great. Thanks so much!
    The Polished Teacher

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  72. I am obsessed with my Erin Condren planner. I get compliments on it all the time, and she seriously thinks of everything. It makes scheduling so much more fun!

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  73. I clean out all files every 6 months. Cuts down on a ton of clutter.

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  74. I have heard of the Erin Condren calendars before and think this may have to be the year to give it a try. I had gotten away from paper calendars and was using my iCalendar for everything... until this year, I just needed more-this may be it. I also need to organize all the assessment paperwork!!
    smcelhone24@gmail.com

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  75. I understand about changing grade levels. I went from K to third this year and my head is still spinning this far into the year!

    deb

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  76. love this...just wish my bum wrist would let me blog more :) great great ideas... I need to go look at my pins and make them a REAL DEAL...thanks for the inspiration

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  77. I love that I am not the only one that pins and pins and pins but can't seem to find the time to put it all into action! So many great ideas, so little time!

    By the way, I linked up to your party! My first time tying this out!

    Jessica
    Hanging Out in First!

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  78. I love the way you're organizing. I have 5 baskets in my room that I sort the materials we're using for the day. The hardest part is to remember on Friday to sort the work! :)

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  79. I have a super-cute (not Erin Condren) $3 planner that is a lifesaver! I also have my teacher planner... but my biggest tip is to USE THEM! I am so bad at owning these great books and never writing in them, so to get better at writing out my appointments and plans is a BIG resolution for me this year!
    Rachael

    Miss Rachael Teaches

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  80. I love all the ideas! I need to be better about organizing. I would love Monday-Friday drawers.
    Stellaluna114@gmail

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  81. I love love love all of Erin Condren's stuff. I have a May Books calendar that I love and keeps me organized. I got an Erin Condren gift certificate and can't decide what to order because I want it all! Thanks for sharing your organizing tips. Keeping track of who has turned in what is my own personal nightmare. I'm going to have to check out that link.

    Megan

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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  82. My favorite organizational tip is using sheet protectors and putting them in notebooks by month or holiday!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  83. My favorite tip is label with pictures and words... then students of all levels can return items to where they belong!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  84. I am going to refine my monthly bins! Do somethings ahead of time and keep them in my tubs.

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  85. I use an Erin Condren life planner and LOVE it! Instead of using the morning, day, night feature, I put my daily schedule in the morning slot, to-do lists in the day feature, and then, place a small post-it note in the night box for small things to remember!

    Kate
    katewintuska@insightbb.com

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  86. Everyone at school thinks I am so organized, but... I start out the year with a plan, but before too long I start stuffing things all over. I have way too many flash drives & save too much on them. My goal is to start by naming files so I know what they are & consolidate my flas drives. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  87. I color code everything, label everything, and have zillions of (labeled) trays scattered everywhere! Still need to organize my computer files!! :(
    Julene Hoffman
    jhoffman143@yahoo.com

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  88. I have so many different center activities that I have purchased from TpT that I need to organized into tubs with all the materials in one place.
    owlshookup@yahoo.com

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  89. Oh man. That ecard is perfection. Sadly! Next on my list is to head up to school next week and FILE everything that I've been stacking up on top of my file cabinets since August. (BOO. HISS. I'm so bad.) My file cabinets are organized pretty well if I can just get the new stuff in there! Agh! :)

    mrscockrellsblog@gmail.com

    -gayla
    Teach On.

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  90. I have the multi-colored stackable drawers that I use to organize my reading games for small groups by my small group table. I also organize my leveled books in colored baskets from the dollar tree. They are leveled with calendar pieces with numbers. I also use binders with clear sheet protectors for organizing my units purchased from TPT. My goals for 2013 for school are to organize my flash drives and master the ipad, and for home I would like to redo my laundry room and office area.
    Stephanie
    bls1015@blomand.net

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  91. I have boxes. If it doesnt get used, it goes into a box and thrown into the attic. thats about the extent of my organizational skills lol

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  92. I have about 10,000 lists! I need to see it written, and it is so satisfying to cross items off.

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  93. I do my weekly plans like the teacher wife! It makes it so easy!!

    Dana.clark15@yahoo.com

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  94. I assign each student a number. They write their number on all papers that they turn in. I bought a literature organizer (kind of like a classroom keeper mailbox) and labeled it with the student numbers. As I grade papers I place them in the appropriate slot. Papers are easy to grab and staple to send home on Monday's!

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  95. Love reading your blog
    Michelle
    Inlikeflynnm@yahoo.com

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  96. Going to clean closets...feel so much better!

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  97. i like to buy storage containers in the new year when theyre all on sale to store all the new decorations i got!
    daniellex at gmail dot com

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  98. I *plan* to get ahead with my planning and not be so last minute with everything.

    Lindsey
    Lovin’ Kindergarten

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  99. love organization ideas...just bought ornaments boxes to reorganize Christmas stuff

    Carrie sidquince@aol.com

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  100. Organized my closet at home and school! Feels good! Goal is to organize my classroom library!

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  101. I absolutely love using plastic storage drawers and a label maker. With the plastic storage drawers, students are easily able to locate the papers or materials they need. As for the label maker, what teacher in this world doesn't love labeling items?!

    Caralee
    cdeherrera526@gmail.com

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  102. I have trouble too keeping things organized. I do use a bunch of bins! I have found a blog with great ideas to organize centers and I am going to get them all ready before going to back to school and then implement them in the new year! Check it out here http://www.teachingblogaddict.com/2012/08/literacy-center-organization-and-center.html
    and follow me on crazyaboutsecond.blogspot.com
    Thanks for the tips!! :)
    tiff31ellis@yahoo.com

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  103. I LOVE IT! Ithought I was the only one that couldn't get my things in order, so winning this will be great!


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  104. I LOVE to organize! I just wish I had more time to devote to it! One thing I've done this year is I have colored bins for my centers that match the table color! It's been a great help!
    Andrea
    simmonsa1@sfusd.edu

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  105. I always seem to try to be organized but.... I am definitely going to use a bunch of these wonderful suggestions :-)
    Karen
    tommysmom0206@yahoo.com

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  106. I am a list kind of girl myself...sometimes two or three at a time!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  107. I adore how Lindsay organizes her copies! I pinned that one awhile back! haha! maybe I'll get to it!
    Rachel

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  108. Binders! I love binders! I use a teacher binder now and love it.

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  109. My Monday-Friday drawers are a lifesaver:)! Thanks for the opportunity!!

    ~Sara
    Sweetsarabowling@gmail.com

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  110. This summer, I organized all my math centers by strand in "ice cube" bins on a huge shelf in my room. My books are also organized A - L this way in colored magazine bins.
    For my teaching supplies through the week, I have 5 bins marked Monday - Friday. I couldn't live without these.
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    Tamera
    Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com
    My Heart Belongs in First

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  111. Getting organized is my resolution every....single..year. Maybe I should shoot for something more attainable this year. :) Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ashlie anreader@gmail.com

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  112. I am a Rubbermaid tub fanatic!! My hubby says we need to buy stock.

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  113. I organize by using tubs. I have two small three drawer bins that hold papers for Monday - Friday. The place one copy of the papers to file in my filing cabinet. I moved grade levels this year- make sure I have what is needed next year.

    Elizabeth Smith
    elizabethgsmith@comcast.net

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  114. Seems like organizing, both at home and at school, is a never-ending process! There are lots of new ideas here that I will have to try! Thanks for hosting the linky and the giveaway!

    Julie
    The Learning Lodge
    mylearninglodge@gmail.com

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  115. Organization has never been my strong point. I would like to get my files organized this year.

    Susan
    Lelesu@aol.com

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  116. I just started following your blog and I am looking forward to more of your posts.

    Becky
    gafireman@bellsouth.net

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  117. Oh My, I love all of these organization ideas! I am going to pin then right now! Then I will have to do the same as you and actually use them! I especially love the 3 week plans cart! And the turning in papers system is genius! Thanks for sharing. Good luck in sticking to your organizational goals!!

    P.S. I Love love L.O.V.E your blog. Seriously, one of my fav bloggers & always a go to! :)

    Happy New Year!
    Ashley
    Primary Teacherhood

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