As I cleaned my classroom this summer and packed things up to be moved, I realized I had accumulated lots of letters, static clings, gel clings etc. In an effort to keep things organized I put everything together in a binder.
I figured I'd post this now in case anyone else was in the midst of packing up their classroom.
Basically I love the binder because I can separate decor by date (seasonal or unit related), and keep it neatly stowed when not in use or when I need to move classes. Before I used a box method, but it toko up a lot of space!
Now this isn't perfect, I still have some larger items (wreaths, signs) that are stored elsewhere, but it is awesome for all my basic stuff.
If you read this blog at all, you know that I am NOT skilled in the crafty area. But I am pretty proud of how well this works and thought I'd do a quick blog in case it helps others as well.
All you need to do this is a binder, page protectors, masking or blue tape, and all of the decoration you'd like to store. I've seen some people use Ziploc baggies as well, but I didn't have any of those, so I worked with what I had.
Static clings were easy. Slide them into the paper protector. I put a small piece on the opening to keep any pieces from sliding out.
Gel clings were "clung" to their original plastic and slipped into the page. Those unable to fit were cut into smaller pieces.
I am sure you can figure out the rest.
The tape is helpful to be sure nothing goes missing, but you don't need to use any if you prefer to avoid it.
I put all similar colored paper in the same page protector and then organize them by color.
How do you keep your class decor organized when it isn't decorating your classroom walls?