One thing that I have learned over the years, as both a parent and kindergarten teacher, is that you accumulate a lot of stuff! I had collected a ton of toys and books before I even had my own kids. I think that many teachers would agree that we often hang onto things because we might use them some day. Therefore, I had to figure out a way to organize my materials without them taking over my house or classroom. Plus, I needed everything to be easy to find, organized and easily accessible.
I have tried bins with labels, storage bins without lids (for easy clean up and quick access) and even baskets. After years of trial and error, I finally found a solution that works for me. So, my tip for kindergarten organization and organizing kid’s toys? Clear bins! I love the clean look of them, the fact that they are stackable, durable, and everything is easy to find and put away.
Yes, I have too much stuff, but between what my children use and what I use for teaching kindergarten, everything gets used, and used a lot and by a lot of little hands. I often need to grab a bin, or two, for a kindergarten activity and this way of organizing everything allows me to easy do this. I always put things into bins that are a bit too big so that clean up isn’t an issue. All of the bins on the bottom have wheels and all of the lids are easy to get on and off – even for little hands. Many of the bins are from a local dollar store and have held up for several years now.
As for my storage of my personal teaching resources, such as my story plays, I also use clear bins. Since the story plays take a lot of prep time, I wanted to make sure that I stored them in a way that I could easy pull them out each year and have everything stored together and ready to use. I don’t have a ton of storage room at home, but my wonderful and very handy father, did build us shelving that has allowed me to be more organized and utilize every space available.
I have found organizing everything in this way has made it easier to keep toys and materials together. We don’t have (many) partial sets of toys or games because everything is contained and lasts many years longer. Honestly, over the years of taking different bins to kindergarten classes, I have rarely lost a single piece. Part of this is because I teach amazing kids! The other part is because the bins make everything easy and organized! What are your kindergarten organization tips?