Time Management Tip: Outsmart the Clutter
Turn everyday items like coffee cans and see-through cosmetic bags into classroom clutter-busters!
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Clutter in the classroom means valuable instructional time lost scrambling to find small items like math manipulatives, glue sticks, and extra No. 2 pencils.
Here's a tip: You can prevent clutter from taking over your classroom without spending a fortune. The answer? Recycling everyday items to create clearly marked storage containers for everything.
Ask your friends and family to help you collect the following:
- coffee and baby formula cans (cover with contact paper)
- shoe and cigar boxes (cover with contact paper)
- tea tins
- old canister sets
- tall plastic cups
- plastic cereal bowls
- see-through cosmetic bags
- plastic-zippered bags
- plastic milk crates
- egg cartons
- durable restaurant and deli takeout containers with lids
- plastic ice cream and sherbet containers
- wicker baskets of any size
- shoe caddy with see-through pockets
- small pails/buckets (often available as part of kids' meal promotions)
Need advice on clearing out the clutter another teacher left behind? Check out "How to Make an Old Classroom New Again."