I finally found a simple system I am loving.
Yesterday I blogged about the coat hooks by our front door. Pretty much all the classrooms in our school have coat hooks by the door in our classroom with a shelf above them.
I have a million of these black stackers/ letter trays that I have collected over time.
I took three and set them on top of the shelf above the coat hooks RIGHT next to the door. I walk past it every time I leave the classroom.
I put anything that needs to be returned to the office, library, etc in he top "To Return" tray. I put things that need to be laminated, cut out, etc. in the middle tray. The bottom tray is for things I need to copy.
So far it has worked perfectly since I can't miss it! Also, since everything is sorted out and ready to go, I am more likely to take it where it needs to go than I was with the one big basket of junk!