Getting It Organized and Making It Pretty : Day 2

I am so very lucky. My district gives each classroom a zillion guided reading books to use in small groups.  It is a fantastic problem to have- and it can be a wee bit of a problem.

 Too many resources... cry me a river, right?

 However, all those fabulous resources have to be stored somehow.  We are given a table with has compartments to sort the books- but it is open and very visible to the eye.  Ick.

 I like my clutter and crap hidden.  It gives the illusion of organization.  Perception is reality, right? If I appear organized, people will believe I am organized (even though I haven't filed the 8 foot pile of student work on my filing cabinet).

Instead of the table I use a piece of furniture that is like a set of cubbies with tubs.   Many people use them for supplies.  Not me, because I must be different.  Instead I sort my guided reading books into each tub.  Some tubs have one level, others have a combination of levels.  It simply depended on how many books fit in each tub.

(Please forgive the post it- I forgot to print a label!)

To make it easy to access all my books, I label each tub.  I like pretty, so I made pretty hot pink, chevron labels that pop against the blue tubs.

Jumps right out, doesn't it!

If you would like a set of these alpabet labels, click here to download them for FREE!

And my little disclaimer...again:

Please note I would LOVE to customize the labels for you.  However, I go back to school Monday.  Monday!  My time will be very limited.  I will charge a small fee for any customizing of this freebie. I hate to say it, but I just have to make sure I use my time wisely :(. I want to work smarter and not harder this year.  Because apparently in years past, I wasn't too smart!



  1. I'm so jealous but how neat! Your cubbies look great!

    Ashley @ Fierce in Fourth

  2. I LOVE how you have organized your guided reading materials. I am so jealous, I wish I had a set of those cubbies to copy cat your idea. Thanks for sharing your labels with us! You are too sweet.

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  3. I love the labels! My books are organized but they are out in the open. I don't have enough bins to make them look pretty like this but I stashing this idea away in my head! I go back to school Monday too and it seems like I've got a million things still left to do!
    Rambling About Reading


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