Monday, January 09, 2012

How to organize those pesky calendar pieces!

Before I get into my excellent organization idea, I just need to show you what is happening outside of my front door.


Yes, that's snow. No, that's not a lot of snow, but it's still snowing and I don't need a lot of snow to be excited. It doesn't take much for us to get a weather delay OR the day off. It's been snowing since 1:30pm, but didn't start sticking until around 4pm. That probably has something to do with the fact that it was in the lower 60's this weekend and the ground is warm.

60's one day & then snow the next? Yeah, that's actually not odd around here. In case you're unaware, I live in Delaware. You know, a tiny state on that little thing that just hangs off the United States like it's earring, or a booger in it's nose. Take your pick. (no pun intended) Either way, we get crazy weather & we can't handle snow. I'll keep you posted about my day tomorrow! :)

Back to the point of this post. How do I organize those dang calendar pieces that are spilling all over my bulletin board drawer?!

This is how mine looked:


They get shoved to the back and they fall out of the bags and I'm constantly sticking them back in the bags. This had to stop. Insert nifty organizer purchased at Staples.


It already has 12 sections & came with labels so I could label each one by each month. It cost about $7, so not too bad. I re-bagged some of my pieces so they were all in zip locks. Put them behind each month.


I also have two solid color sets just in the front. No I can't fit this flat in my drawer, but I have storage space by my calendar in the classroom so I put it on the shelf under my calendar. Perfect, organized, and clean.

18 comments:

Emily said...

What a great idea!! Do you still keep your month strips in the drawer? I wish I had huge drawers like that!

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Your organization looks great! =) (snow...not so much! lol)
Jennifer
First Grade Blue Skies

Erin said...

Thanks! I have my month strips up on a bulletin board actually. Last year I kept them in the drawer, but I have a long skinny bulletin board they are perfect for so I put them there. I have seen some teachers display them above their bulletin boards on the wall too!

Tara said...

Loving this!!!! Love anything to organize:) I just posted about some folders a day or two ago to organize centers:) Being organized makes me happy:))

4th Grade Frolics

bnwalton said...

Great idea...awesome drawers! I'm crossing my fingers that you'll have an inclement weather day! We are the same here in S.C. We had an "ice" day last year and it was all kinds of glorious.

Bonnie
Living A Wonderful Life

Mrs. Cupcake said...

I love those accordian organizers! I use them to store my weekly spelling words :)

A Cupcake for the Teacher

Katherine said...

Girl it's been snowing here in Maryland too, I wish I wish for a snow day ;) Love the accordion file for the calendar pieces...you are always thinking girl!

Jess said...

Thank you for sharing this! I need to organize my calendar pieces as well! My whole family is from and most of them still live in Wilmington, Delaware-fun to find out you live there! You got a ton of snow last winter so you should be ready this year lol! Hope you have a snow day!
Rambling About Reading

meghan said...

It started snowing here, of course, while we were at recess. Complete pandemonium for the rest of the day!

Meg
Third Grade in the First State

Kristin said...

I do this, too! Except my pieces fit in library pockets which I laminated. I keep it by my calendar, too. However, this year, I'm not allowed to teach Calendar. Yep.
Lucky girl with the snow!!!!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Jill said...

This is seriously the best idea EVER!!! I am going to pin this so I don't forget!

Marvelous Multiagers!

Hadar said...

I spy just so scrappy shovels!!

Erin said...

hahah Hadar I was wondering if you were going to notice those! They're from you! Shovels for jobs I believe? Or that's what I was using them for!

Lisa Howard said...

awesome!

- Lisa
a teachers bag of tricks

Hadar said...

Haha yep! I just cut out 36 of them so they were fresh in my mind ;) I was going to assume they were from my pack but I know you love JSS just as much as me! Love it!

Miss J said...

What a great idea Lauren!! I just pinned it.

Thanks.

Miss J
Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories

Brittany Kielar said...

I'm your newest follower! I just discovered your blog from Pinterest and LOVE it. I can't wait to explore it.

Brittany
Sweet Seconds

Michael Evans said...

Thanks! I have my month strips up on a bulletin board actually. Last year I kept them in the drawer, but I have a long skinny bulletin board they are perfect for so I put them there. I have seen some teachers display them above their bulletin boards on the wall too!