Stopping Paper Clutter

Posted by on Aug 3, 2013 in Freebies, general school | 2 comments

Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.

– Ronald Reagan



Monday Morning after staying for 3 hours on Friday to grade and clean up papers!



Tuesday Morning, working on Tuesday folders


Wednesday Morning the mess is starting to take over!

I really have a goal of taming the paper mess in my classroom. The pictures above are from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of a week when I was REALLY TRYING to keep papers organized and my work space uncluttered. I am not showing Thursday and Friday; it is just too sad.

I’ve read a few blogs on organization over the summer. This one is great:

I have a plan and I think it will help. I am going to label specific baskets for specific papers. I am going to think of them as (and call them) paper drop spots. I’ve been working on the labels:

Drop Spots

Drop Spot Labels


The ones for my classroom actually have a penguin font! These labels match my penguin decor. Many penguin decor items are available here:

This includes my Penguin Birthday Chart that is a cute freebie!

Penguin Birthday Chart Freebie


I went out to buy more baskets yesterday, but my Dollar General didn’t have any! So I will be out shopping for them again before school starts.

Some of the things I have been doing in my classroom with papers turned out to be a really good plan. I just need to keep up with my plan. AND if I have another student teacher this year, I need to train her (or him) about the plan.

If you have class organization ideas to share, please post them in the comments.

If you have an organizational product you’d like to highlight, please add it to the linky.




  1. Hey – I just nominated you for the Liebster Award too! You can see it and accept @
    Stella @ My Kinder Garden

  2. I feel your pain. I am a piler. The only tip I have for you is ask for everything digitally…notes from staff meetings, etc. I never keep any paper that I can have on my computer.

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