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DIY Classroom Storage Ideas


Preparing your classroom for the year ahead can be an overwhelming task. This blog focuses on creative ways to store, organize, and sort classroom items.

Top 10 Classroom Organization Ideas

Some of our favorite do-it-yourself classroom organization ideas can be created from everyday items found at home or inexpensive finds at the dollar store or hardware store.

  1. Hang a shoe organizer to hold paperback books or center supplies. A hanging sweater organizer works well to sort construction paper.
  2. Use a large beverage tub or laundry basket to hold and transport students’ lunches and PE equipment, to collect library books, or to file student portfolios. If you buy several laundry baskets of the same type, the baskets can be stacked easily when not in food container covered in duct tape for pencils and markers
  3. Wash round food containers and then cover them with contact paper or printed duct tape to hold markers, pens, and scissors. Or, secure large round food containers together to file student papers, classroom passes, art supplies, etc.
  4. Glue a magnet to repurposed containers that can be attached to magnetized whiteboards to hold dry erase markers.
  5. Keep art supplies accessible by placing scissors, glue, markers, etc., in plastic cups placed in a muffin tray or by gluing small tins or containers to a Lazy Susan.
  6. Create a centralized supply table to hold items needed every day using baskets, cleaning supply caddies, or small crates to organize supplies.
  7. Sort center activities and art projects in zip-lock bags. For easy access, bags can be stored upright in a plastic bin.
  8. Customize large binder clips to organize stacks of paper. Use Mod Podge or glue to attach small labels to the clips. (ex: “To be graded,” “Return,” and “Misc.”)
  9. Use large magnetic clips to clip notes or papers to the front of student desks (or use clothespins with pieces of self-sticking velcro).
  10. Hang a pegboard on a wall, add hooks, and hang small tin pails or buckets to hold classroom supplies.


How to plan your school yearFor more organizational tips, bulletin board ideas, and classroom management ideas, see the Evan-Moor book How to Plan Your School Year.

What’s your favorite way to organize classroom supplies? Please share your ideas.


Contributing Writer

Image of Theresa WoolerTheresa Wooler has more than 10 years’ experience in K–6 classrooms as a parent volunteer, has taught high school English, and is currently involved in education through Evan-Moor’s marketing communications team.

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  1. Theresa, Reading this made me so nostalgic. I can still feel the excitement of getting ready to start a new school year with a new group of children. You have great ideas. I know any teacher reading this blog will find a lot of help. Jo Ellen

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  2. Thanks for the helpful suggestions, Theresa! I’m a preschool teacher, so I’m always in need of organization ideas. My favorite idea, that you’ve listed, is hanging a shoe organizer to hold books; that would be very helpful!

    Lily de Grey |

  3. Very clever storing ideas! I want to organize and store everything in a nice and easy way in my classroom. Thanks for the tips you shared!!

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