Thursday, May 29, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Organization!

Tomorrow is the end of my first week of summer vacation. I have never loved summer so much! Still, I am thinking about next fall already. I am big into organization, especially in my classroom. Several teachers are linking up to share their end of the year organization and I thought it would be a great "Throwback Thursday" post to link up. Visit Mrs. King's Music Room for more End of the Year Organization ideas!

One of my first blog posts was a nice tour of my music room. Each year I try to change it up a bit to fit our building themes. However, this past school year was my second as a full-time teacher. My first year I was half-time, so everything was shared. I decided to take ownership of my room and slowly morph it into what I like. I'm going to share some tidbits from my past blog posts that show my organization style at the beginning and end of the year.

Monday, August 26th, 2013

This is my favorite spot! I am in love with color and organization. This spot shows that really well! Up
above, I have the solfege handsigns again, but they are color coordinated with the boomwhacker colors. Then, I have my boomwhackers organized and stored in coffee containers. On the top are the rhythm sticks and maracas. Underneath, are plastic square and round containers with the different instruments. Some are labeled with white board labels, while some are open so you can see. It also has storage on the back, so that holds instruments we don't use a lot. Finally, it rolls! If I have a lot of instrument stuff one day, it is so handy to roll around! Love, love, love! 

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

This is my bookshelf. The last few years it has been horribly cluttered. Then, I discovered fabric bins. I am in love with them! I was able to separate my books into categories and use mini dry erase tags to label them. The bottom shelf is for media resources and the top shelves hold curriculum and staff development resources. The bins are in our school colors :) 
   *NOTE - I actually took out the media resources on the bottom and put another bin and folder divider set for my Music Express/Activate subscription. 

This is the big shelving unit in the back of the room. It has a lot of great storage for mallet sets, old book series and other random odds & ends. However, the kids want to touch and see EVERYTHING! You can also see my other colored fabric bins. These are labeled and go along with the color coded schedule, behavior chart, and concert calendar for each grade. I store all of their activities and curriculum ideas in this bins. My mom created a curtain that goes across and covers everything, thank goodness! I also have a few fabric bins that hold scarves, stretchy bands, and other movement materials.

One final thing that keeps me organized is my planner. I posted a picture and link to a previous blog post about the wonderfulness that is ErinCondren. The picture does NOT do it justice. Please check this out if you need anything for organization. It is so wonderful, especially for teaching. I don't know what I would have done without it this year. You can still receive 25% off for Teacher Appreciation Month through Saturday. Check it out - you won't regret it!


  1. Thanks for linking up! :-) I love using coffee cans for Boomwhackers. They are just the right size when setting up for different songs. I've spray painted them so sometimes kids are like "This looks like a coffee can!" LOL.

    1. I never thought of that! I was trying to figure out how to get the label off, but if I spray painted them black, their colors would stick out more. Plus, black is part of our school colors. Did you use just regular spray paint?

  2. I have my Boomwhackers held up on an empty wall with velcro. It works out wonderfully because the students are able to grab them easily and put them away quickly. However, I realize not everyone might have an empty wall for this purpose. My room has a ramp leading to the stage, which is against the wall I use. Plus, I was surprised how little room they used once they were hanging in order :)