Organizing Monthly Materials {Monthly Bin Labels FREEBIE!}

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 / 16 comments
Hi all! Sorry I've been M.I.A., but WOW can the end of the year get the best of you! 
I have been getting several e-mails about how I organize all of our classroom materials. I took pictures in March when we packed up our March materials and then didn't have a chance to post until now. 




This year I really set out to keep all of my monthly materials organized together in bins so I could prep the next month ahead of time and keep items organized, as well as file away old materials for the following year. 

I chose to use these bins from Target, as they are waterproof and they can hold hanging file folders. Instead of spending a ton at one time, I started the year off by buying a few bins to start me off with, and then I would just buy a couple more as needed. Now that it is the end of the year, I have a complete yearly set of monthly bins beautifully organized and ready for next year! 

For the bin labels, I finally created my own "monthly" bin labels that follow my classroom style and each monthly theme we cover. Grab them for free by clicking on the pictures below!



I organize all of my bins by monthly activities in hanging file folders.




They include:

Clothespin Tasks
Flipbook Tasks
Cookie Tray Tasks
Basic Skill Pack
Easy Art Activities
Sentence Builders
Adapted Books
Read Clouds
Independent Work Tasks (Materials)
Workshop Materials

I put all the materials for one center (i.e. clothespin tasks or sentence builders in a large ziplock baggie with the product cover in the front, so it can be easy to access the following year.








We always start prepping items a month ahead so when the end of the current month comes we aren't rushing to finish prepping activities. This really helps us have a smooth transition into new themes. As I print off new activities or resources, my team immediately laminates cuts, and files the activities in the bins. I can quickly look through the bins and see which hanging folders are still empty (meaning we still need to prep those activities. 



Even though we just started using monthly bins for organization this year, I can already tell next year will be successful. We have preserved and organized all of the materials for this year, which means we won't be prepping the same activities again next year. Of course, I'm sure I'll come up with new activities to prep, but already having materials to pull each month will be a HUGE relief.

Want to know more about my classroom organization? Please e-mail me or comment below with what you would like to see or what you have a question about! An organized classroom is a more successful and peaceful classroom!

Don't forget to download the FREEBIE labels!! :)


16 comments:

  1. Do you have a link for the bins? I've wanted to do this for years. I love that you can put hanging file folders inside.

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    1. Here is the link I found online, BUT I got the 32 quart for my room. The 54 were too big and the file folders wouldn't hang in them. :)

      http://www.target.com/p/sterilite-air-tight-storage-tote-transparent-with-aquarium-blue-latch-54qt/-/A-15079778#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=Sterilite®+Air+Tight+Storage+Tote+-+

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  2. I was looking at the bins too. I organize my stuff in much the same way, but I like your bins much better!! Are there Sterilite bins or do you know what they are?? I may need a target trip this weekend!! :) Thanks for sharing your organization and your labels!!

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    1. Think I found them...but are yours the 32 quart or the 54? 54 quart looks awfully big! These are just big enough to put hanging file folders in right? Thanks again!

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    2. Here is the link I found online, BUT I got the 32 quart for my room. The 54 were too big and the file folders wouldn't hang in them. :)

      http://www.target.com/p/sterilite-air-tight-storage-tote-transparent-with-aquarium-blue-latch-54qt/-/A-15079778#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=Sterilite®+Air+Tight+Storage+Tote+-+

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  3. Such a clever and cute way to organize your materials for the year. Love it!

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  4. This is great I am going to definitely try this. I can see this being easier to find things if they are all together than if they were separated by activity.

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  5. I love this organization idea!! Between your activities and my cookie tray tasks I've been in limbo about the best way to store them. This is a great solution!

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  6. Ah! Thank you SO much for this post! I saw it last night and prompting went to Target to get organizing. Instead of doing monthly boxes, I did smaller boxes based on themes/ units. Thanks again for the idea :) Check out how I did mine- http://littlemisskimberlyann.blogspot.com/2016/02/organizing-weekly-unit-materials.html

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  7. Do you keep each task with the clothespins together or do you separate the tasks and clothespins? I am finding the clothespins to be so bulky and am struggling to find a solution to organizing them all! Thanks for your help!

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    1. I actually put together my clothespins using velcro, so I can reuse all the clothespins each month and the pieces are easier to store! :)

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  8. These look great. I am sharing this on pinterest.

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  9. I found 20 qt and 54 Qt but not 30.

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  10. Any chance you can post a photo of how you store the clothespins (velcro)? I am very interested in how to store these without taking up so much space! Thank you!

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  11. WOW I love your ideas!!

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  12. Do you have the activities inside the bins for sale?

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