After a thorough spring cleaning last year, I realized I was approaching hoarder status with enough paper clips and sticky notes to last me to retirement. Because these items had slowly migrated to the back of dark cupboards, drawers, and shelves, I didn’t know they were there, so I just kept ordering more each year. This summer I saw the solution to my problem of hidden supplies on Pinterest — a teacher tool kit!
Designing colored labels for the tool kit was so much fun, that once I got started, I created one for a friend. It's two weeks into the school year, and we both LOVE our tool kits! My most frequently used supplies are at my fingertips, and my third graders can easily access what they need as well.
This week I put together a quick tutorial so all teachers can make their very own handy, inexpensive tool kit! Watch the video below for step-by-step directions, plus a few tips and tricks to help make your own.
1. Purchase a toolbox. To search for prices online, use the search terms “Stack-on 22 drawer storage cabinet.” Right now, Google Shopping shows the exact same cabinet being priced anywhere from $14 to $129.99 (seriously??) I was lucky enough to find mine on sale for $13 this summer, including free shipping.
2. Create the drawer labels. The easiest thing you can do is print the labels I created! If you want to make your own labels, use my template below. Add your own background and descriptors of what is in each drawer.
3. Print and cut out the labels. My labels were printed on cardstock which is sturdier.
4. Attach the labels to the drawers. I used double-sided tape from the dollar store and attached my labels to the outside of the drawer.
5. Fill those drawers!
Click on any image below to download and print cards for your own tool kit.
Click on the image below for a template you can use to create your own labels. Insert your favorite background into the table along with a text box where you can write what's inside the drawer.