Bright Ideas !

Oh my goodness. How great is this blog hop?!? One great idea after the next!  But you are also reading 146 posts. So I am going to keep it short and show lots of pictures in my Bright Ideas {organizational secrets} post.  

Some of my secrets have to do with file organization. One is just managing piles, and some of it is, in part, to “gluing” things down! You read that right "gluing" things down!

Best filing System ever
I love to use plastic sheet protectors.  Nothing falls out and they hold a ton. If you have too much to fit in one sleeve, then simply staple multiple sheet protectors together! Below is an entire TpT unit that has been sorted, stapled, and filed.  EASIEST system ever!!!

Organize entire TpT units in plastic sleeves -then staple and file- EASY

Keep stuff at your fingertips and looking neat by (non-permanently) adhering it to hard surfaces using sticky putty. My guided reading table looks perfect every day even though 29 first graders mess with those mats {shown below}. They don't move. Nor does my tape dispenser "walk away". The power of "the putty"!

sticky putty is for more than just files
Usually it is used to hold posters onto a wall, but try using it to keep your:
  • keyboard from slipping around.
  • tape dispenser from moving when you grab tape.
  • desk items from getting pushed around.
  • pencil sharpener from moving
  • equity sticks (name sticks) cup from tipping
  • small group mats in place! They don’t slip, slide, and look perfect!
My last tip is:

Keep projects in one spot. I bought 6 containers to stash projects in until I have time to work on them. The bins make my room look thoughtful, neat, and organized. Until I have time to tackle the projects, they look so much better than piles!
Put project piles in little bins- they look better until you have time to get to them

Thanks for visiting me! I had so much fun doing this post that I already know what I am going to talk about next: Bright Ideas for fabulous bulletin boards! I want to share the tips and tricks I have learned to make my bulletin boards shine and get them up fast so I can spend more time with my family! Stay tuned by following via Google, Bloglovin’, or Facebook.

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  1. I love the idea of using the putty to keep things in place. I am already crazy with velcro in my room but I never thought about using it for table mats or the computer keyboard or even the tape dispenser! You're a genius Katie!

    Teaching and Tapas: 2nd Grade in Spain

  2. Seriously...LOVE these ideas! The putty idea is GREAT! I have a small basket on my desk that ALWAYS falls over! My problem is NOW solved thanks to you my sweet friend! Thank you for this great post.... Oh...and can you come to my classroom and organize me?? I think you are better at it than me :)

    BIg hugs

  3. Oh my gosh!! LOVE the idea of using clear sheet protectors!! You are a genius!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Mrs. Richardson's Class

  4. Love the idea of using sheet protectors instead of file folders! Do they stand up in the drawer as well? I guess with my drawers it wouldn't really matter because I have sooooooo much stuffed into the three filing cabinets in my room!!! Thanks for sharing this tip!
    Little Literacy Learners

  5. I am the absolute worst at piling. I hate piles! So many bright ideas here! Thank you!
    Collaboration Cuties

  6. What a great set of ideas! :) Thank you Katie!! :)

  7. I love these ideas, Katie! the project piles are just what I need...I'm the worst with piles!

  8. Wow! Such useful ideas! I'm going to incorporate your ideas into my room ASAP. A Classroom Full of Smiles

  9. Love it! You are so smart! Getting ready to tackle my project piles!! Thanks, Katie!

  10. I'm in LOVE with these ideas! Every one of them!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Whimsy Workshop Teaching

  11. I file my papers a little differently, but I think the sleeves would work great with what I'm doing this year :) I also love the putty idea, especially for my pencil sharpener :)

  12. I LOVE sheet protectors I use them for almost everything and now you have shown me a new way!! Mahalo for your excellent ideas. I agree with Anna, can you please come and organize my room?!

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  13. Awesome ideas! I'm picking up some putty asap. I've never thought about using it anywhere but the walls! Your blog is gorgeous and always inspiring!

  14. Such great, easy ideas to implement! I especially love the page protector idea! Thanks!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  15. Habitual piler, here! Katie, these ideas are fantastic, and your room looks lovely. I love the simple idea of filing by trimester. Brilliant! Thanks.

    Mrs, Rios Teaches Second Grade

  16. Brilliance! I am ALL OVER the stash baskets!!!! LOVVVVVVVE!!!
    Could your posts be any cuter? And always such great quality!
    Growing Firsties

  17. You had me at simple! Love, Love ,Love all your ideas and can't wait to browse through your blog to find more! Thank you for sharing.

  18. Such great organization ideas and your post is presented so beautifully! Thanks for sharing all your bright ideas!
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  19. I thought I was single-handedly keeping the plastic sleeve industry in business. It seems you may be helping me! LOVE IT!

  20. I love all of these ideas! Now I just need to go shopping for sheet protectors & putty. Thanks for the great tips :-)

  21. Love the mats! Are they laminated for students to write on with dry-erase markers while they're with you?

  22. I love these ideas! I never thought to use plastic sleeves this way. That is a great way to file and organize!
    Conversations in Literacy

  23. LOVE this is perfect!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  24. Love the mats. Where did you get them?

    1. I made them. They are poster board wrapped in wrapping paper :0)

  25. Every one of your bright ideas is just brilliant! Will be using them all! Thanks for sharing and your post is put together beautifully with all of the headers and photos!

    The Bender Bunch

  26. Thanks so much for all your ideas! Love how you lay out your photos for your posts. Was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing how you do this? Needing pointers!:)

  27. I need a "project spot!" What a simple and great idea.

  28. I love the idea of a project spot. I need one at home too!

    Terri Izatt


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