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If you follow me on Insta then you know I’ve been pretty crafty these past few weeks and I am FINALLY ready to share with you a few of the things I’ve been working on! If you have a small classroom or a room that is low on storage, this post is for you! Not only do these creative storage solutions save space, they are also super cute storage ideas! I mean what teacher doesn’t have a classroom storage issue, right?


First up, my tower of drawers that houses my supplies for the week. *Please note that some links are affiliate links*

Weekly Lesson Plan Drawers: BEFORE 

weekly storage unit for lesson plans.
If you don’t have this tower, I SERIOUSLY suggest you get one for yourself! It is a LIFE saver! I use it to house all my weekly stuff. At the end of the day, I just open the next day’s drawer and BOOM! I’m ready! You can grab something similar here on Amazon!

Not terrible but not good either…

Weekly Lesson Plan Drawers: AFTER


Classroom storage solution: use a plastic tower to house your lesson plans and supplies for the week!

So stinkin’ cute if I might add!

I found the paper at Joann’s in a “big stack” pad. I think I may have a few other crafts up my sleeve for that paper too! After measuring, trimming, remeasuring and re-trimming, I used a glue gun to adhere the paper to the plastic.
*Some words of advice on lining the drawers with paper- I’ve read a few blog posts on using Modge Podge and tape … I tried both ways and  the glue gun worked FAR better! (Just make sure you use still clear glue, and not yellowed sticks)

I love the red with the teal and the graphic print of the paper. Now each drawer is labeled and SUPER user friendly. No more “counting” drawers like I have been! WOOT! (You can grab my days of the weeks labels by clicking here)

Speaking of the handy dandy glue gun, I also turned these plain green fabric bins that I got at Joann’s into
SUPER cute green fabric bins!

Guided Reading Storage Bin: BEFORE

Guided Reading Storage Bins: AFTER

Cute storage solution: decorate a plain bin for a guided reading bin

You can find some similar ones here on Amazon!

These handy bins are going to sit on the window ledge behind my guided reading table. I plan to put my assessment binders and teacher tools in there to help me stay organized. Super cute and easy classroom storage idea! Now every time I turn around at my reading table to grab my data binder and assessments, I will have something UH-DORBS to look at! 🙂

Classroom Tickets’ Jar

My last crafty project involved my Cricut!

I love this little cutting machine! <3
I used it to cut some lime green vinyl to decorate my ticket jar (to read more on how I use my ticket jar, click here). My one from last year was sadly broken after 6 years of faithful service. #RIP

These are just a few ideas for solving the classroom storage war. What are some other ways you’ve creatively solve the teacher storage problem?

these creative storage solutions are perfect for classroom who lack built in storage! Includes step by step instructions on how to make them work in any classroom!

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Hi, I'm Leigh.

The Applicious Teacher is all about creating hands-on and engaging lessons that align with the standards while still having time for your life. This is your place for ideas, tips, and resources for the REAL teacher!


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