Optimum Organization: Paper Bins

I'm super excited to be linking up with Kristen and Elizabeth again!
One of the best organizational finds from last summer were these bins from Big Lots:

A few of the labels have fallen off from use this year, but they were originally labeled Language Arts, Math, Science/Social Studies, Spelling, and Other.

When students were done with an assignment, they would put it in the correct bin.  This saved me from having to hunt down papers and repeat over and over what to do with papers when they were done.  Now I'm not going to lie, they also served as a place to store papers until I was ready to do something with them!
Overall, this system worked out great for me.  As kids got into the routine of the year, they would already know where to put papers so it was one less thing I had to say!
Make sure you check out everyone's fabulous organizational ideas!



  1. Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing...

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  2. I love the idea of using separate baskets for each subject..plus since these stack it would take up much less room! I only had one basket this year and sometimes it would be stacked so high I would repeatedly put off getting the papers out! I think I'll try your system!

    That's So second Grade!

  3. Great idea! I am excited to be your newest follower!
    Two Friends In First

  4. Love this idea! I was thinking of doing something similar with smaller bins for my kiddos to have a place to turn in their homework each morning when they come into school, but now I think I might get bins like the ones you have and the kids can use them to turn in their homework and assignments from throughout the day. Thanks for sharing! BTW, I love your blog. It's absolutely adorable!


  5. Hi Brandi! I use a basket too for turning in assignments, but I like the idea of subject baskets. Because yeah, I need a place to keep papers before grading them :)

  6. I love ideas that have the kids involved in organizing. Thanks for sharing.

    Surfing to Success

  7. What a great idea! I love the size of the tubs. Thanks for linking up with us :)
    Fun in Room 4B

  8. Hi Brandi,

    I am super excited to find your blog and hope you will check out mine as well. I also teach Second Grade and love it.

    I am your newest Bloglovin' follower!


    Innovate, Create and Relate


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