Sunday, May 26, 2013

Teacher Tool Box

Due to 7 schools closing in our district, our school will be adding 2-3 upper grade level classes.  I have had the privilege of having 1 of only 2 LARGE classrooms at our school for the past 3 years.  Well, as of last Monday, I have been evicted from my "special island" and sent to solitary confinement!  Okay, it's not that bad but my new room is 1/3 of what I used to have and that is not a joke.  So what do I do with less space but need all my stuff?  Start getting crafty, scouring Pinterest, stalking blogs for classroom organization ideas. 

My first project became "teacher supplies" organization.  I have admired the "Teacher Tool Box" for quite some time but never had a need for it until NOW! So off to Home Depot I went (at 6 AM this morning) to purchase the 22 Drawer Storage Cabinet.  Gray was not the color I had in mind so I opened (que organ music here) my paint cabinet and grabbed my "go to" paint spray.  I absolutely love Rust-Oleum Painter's touch 2X ultra paint+primer!  You just can't go wrong with this stuff! I use White in semi-gloss for my classroom and heirloom white for my house.  If it's not nailed down, I'll spray it!! 

While the cabinet was drying, I started designing my drawers tags.  I have seen so many cute ones and really liked Ladybug's Teacher Files plain black labels and Mrs. Freshwater's tiny polka dot ones so I decided to use those as inspiration for my tool box.  I L-O-V-E Polka dots so of course mine had to have black and white ones.  Also, I A-D-O-R-E PINK so had to have pink in there and I have teal and green in my class so threw those colors in as well.  This is what I came up with!  I love my new little organizer and I can't wait to get back to school on Tuesday (I can't believe I just said that!) to put it to use







78 comments:

Dana said...

I'm making this my weeks project and I can't wait to get started! Can I ask you to help me with the labels? How did you print them to be the perfect size, specifically the tops of the drawers? Thanks!!

Jameson Michelle said...

Funny, I am also making this this week! I was also wondering about the little black labels, and how you attached the labels. Inside or outside of the drawers? And did you just place them into the drawers or adhere them with ModgePodge?

Thanks much!

LOVE your blog!

afullclassroom said...

WOW! Your organization cabinet is amazing. I found it on Pinterest and hope to duplicate it. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Dana, Jameson and Afullclassroom! I just measured the drawers then made them to that measurement on WORD. i just laminated the black labels and used double stick tape to adhere them to the plastic pull tab. The polka dot labels are taped to the inside. Dana, I could send you my document if you like? Just leave your email and I will send them to you! Thank you again. Have a terrific summer. (I still have 2 more days of school. :-)

Tweety said...

Wonderful idea! About how much was the cost of the drawer system? Are the labels a template?

Anonymous said...

The drawers cost $14.99 @ Home Depot. I made the labels so they are my own little template so to speak. I think I will just post an editable copy on here for those of you who wish to use them! Good luck!

mommydearest76 said...

I too have been eyeballing the teacher tool box for a while! Gotta love Pinterest! I am obsessed with black & white polka dots and would absolutely love if you could share the labels template!
Thanks a bunch!

Mrs. Humphrey said...

I love your organization! I'd also love for you to share the labels template!

Judy said...

Gotta make this! Would love a copy of your labels!

Kristin said...

Would you be willing to share your label templates? Thanks
krast@windstream.net

jc said...

Love this idea! Could I also get a copy of your label template?
Thank you!!
jonac9@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hello Kristin and JC! Labels have been posted for FREE in both of my stores for you to download! Glad you like them. Enjoy!

Teri said...

Do you have a copy of the pull labels? I would love to add them to my toolbox. Thank you!

Victoria Racanelli said...

would you be able to send your label template to me. thank you
victoria.racanelli@gmail.com
I really appreciate it

Also did the spray paint stick (even on the plastic)

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Mrs. Wright's First Graders said...

I love this! Could possibly email me the document as well? It looks so colorful and neat.

Thank you,
Stacie
Smwright122@gmail.com

Kim--Possible said...

Love the labels and I hadn't even thought of spray-painting it! Downloaded the drawer labels and left feedback, but do you have a saved file with the labels for the drawer pulls? Thanks again!

arinahstove said...

This twelve sheet resource is sure to meet the needs of any level learner. With three designs toolox and four line spacing options, there is something for everyone where they like to write, draw or paste in images they print off.

Mrs. Bailey's Busy Bees said...

This is an amazing tool that you have created! I went out and bought mine today. I found your template for the front labels on your tpt site, but was wondering if you could email me the template for the black drawer handles with the labels on them or let me know how to make them. My email is mbailey027@gmail.com Thanks so much!!

Lauren Manns said...

Can you email me the black pull drawer labels too? Ltmanns@gmail.com

Mrs. Smola-Grade 4 said...

Can I have a copy of the labels?

Thanks Jen
vball292000@aol.com

Kristin said...

Could I get a copy of these labels? THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR TALENT!!
krast@windstream.net

Olivia Haas said...

Me too! Can I get copy of labels & tabs! ? Awesome idea!
Olivia@houseofhaas.com

Alyson Wonderland said...

Me as well!! My email is alyhandler@gmail.com

Akc06 said...

Can you please give the name of the storage unit? I love the way that one is set up thanks.

Theresa said...

Would you mind posting a link to your store? If that isn't possible, could I also get an email copy of the labels? tee273@aol.com

Jennifer Hale said...

I would love to get a copy of your labels and tabs please! jkhale@pgtc.com - Thank you!

M Montee said...

I bought my toolbox yesterday and copied the drawer labels, but I would also love a copy of the black pull tab labels. Could you email them to me? mmontee01@gmail.com
Thank you!

Brittnee Edmonds said...

I can't seem to find a link to your stores. Could you post it please? Thanks! :)

Ronni said...

I would love these labels if you don't mind or are they located someone where we can use them?
rmagee@lasd.net

Brianna Glenn said...

I would love a copy of the labels and black pull tabs if you wouldn't mind me emailing them to me. briannaj.glenn@gmail.com
Thanks!

Lynn Phelan said...

I would love a copy of the labels and documents. slynnphelan@gmail.com

J DaCosta said...

I would love a copy of the template also. I love this idea!! jdacosta63@hotmail.com

Pam Packard said...

If you could, I would LOVE a copy of this template as well. My classroom could use all the organization it can get! 7th grade ELA is hectic! prspackard@gmail.com

Blake Scoggins said...

If you could, I would LOVE a copy of this template as well. aac9_13_1989@yahoo.com

Kerry Iliff said...

I would love a copy of your template labels and black pull tabs. Thanks! kiliff@isd622.org

MB said...

If possible, I would like a copy of your template labels and black pull tabs. Thank you so much!! albawilliams@hotmail.com

Vee said...

Can I please get a copy of the template and labels? Thank you!
daweavers2004@yahoo.com

Rachel Gooch said...

Could you please send me a link of the storage unit you bought? I went to Home Depot and they didn't have any in the store and I can't find it online. Or could you tell me the brand name? The ones I have found haven't been long enough for any pencils! I would greatly appreciate it!!! Thank you!!!

Darsky said...

Me too, please! My email is darcie.jensen@gmail.com.

Larrah Craig said...

Love! Can I please get a copy of your template? Larrahcraig@gmail.com

Kaylene Henningsen said...

Can you, or anyone on this thread, please send me a copy of the template for the labels and tabs?! I'm also having trouble finding the drawers on the Home Depot website (maybe they don't have them anymore?) But if anyone could help me with that as well, I'd appreciate it! Thanks! kaylenehenningsen@gmail.com

ALICIA B said...

Love this idea! If the template is still available, I would love a copy. lewisbear2002@ymail.com Thank you in advance.

Rebecca Mabry said...

and me! rebecca.zipprich@crowley.k12.tx.us

dwallin said...

I absolutely love this idea! I would love a copy of your template djwallin1@bex.net if it isn't too much trouble! I'm so going to make this next week for my classroom!

dwallin said...

For those looking for the box I found it on Lowes website!

Jen Tanner said...

Would you please send me your template? This is amazing! jtanner@wfschools.org

Mindy said...
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Mindy said...

Thanks found the labels on your teacher pay teachers site!

Erin Glennon said...

Ooh please! eglennon317@gmail.com

christina cereghini said...

May I please have the labels also? Thanks! utopiancamelot@gmail.com

Cathy Tikellis said...

I would love a copy of the labels! ctikellis@erizon.net

Brenda Lee said...

This is awesome! Can you please send me the template? blee@sangerisd.net

Phenomenal in Fifth said...

Love the labels! Can you please send me copy of them too? thubbart@usd205.com Thanks so much!

8bananas said...

I have been looking for something like this but never found the right container. I am excited to create this. Would be able to send me a copy of the labels? hollyh76@gmail.com Thank you for sharing.

Kelly Perkins said...

I am a little late getting started but I would love your file for the polka dot labels and black ones, I absolutely love this!!!! creativeteachergal@gmail.com

Edward Walker said...

Love intended for adding this particular information many thanks. You can also find the details on teacher tag, teacher tag sale, the teacher store, the teacher tag

Britainie Ault said...

I would love a copy of your file for the polka dot labels and the black ones. I am a first year teacher and I LOVE THIS!! britault@yahoo.com

Thank you ahead of time. :)

Amber Smith said...

For some reason, I am having trouble finding the black labels on TPT. I would love a copy! ambersmith1488@aol.com

Thank you for sharing!

avk said...

I would love a copy of both labels as well please! Also what is the exact name of the storage unit?
avankley02@gmail.com Thanks!

samanthakay said...

Do you still have the black labels for on top of the drawers? your TpT side only has the ones for inside the drawers. I would LOVE if you could email them to me! I just got my first teaching job and am trying to be as organized as possible to help with the stress! :) sksenalik@gmail.com

Thank you! This is amazing!
Samantha

Jennifer W said...

Could you please send me a copy of your template? What a great idea! jennifer_waltemire@hcpss.org

Leslie Ann Schippert said...

May I please have a copy of your adorable template!

Leslie Ann Schippert said...

Forgot to give you my e mail leslie.schippert@gmail.com

Megan D'Andrade said...

Me too, please! This is a wonderful idea. megan.dandrade@gmail.com

Gina Klein said...

I would love the template too for the black label and polka dot ones please. G.klein@guidinglighted.com

charlotte said...

I love your designs. They are fun and pretty! I would like a coy of both templates,if possible. Thank you,
Cjohnson5004@gmail.com

Natalie Schuetz said...

I see these posts are at least a year old, but I am making the tool box as well and would love your templates, if they are still available. Are they editable so I can add different items to my drawers? Thank you so much - you are an inspiration!!!
nschuetz726@gmail.com

Natalie Schuetz said...

I see these posts are at least a year old, but I am making the tool box as well and would love your templates, if they are still available. Are they editable so I can add different items to my drawers? Thank you so much - you are an inspiration!!!
nschuetz726@gmail.com

Random Thoughts from Lil said...

I too would love this as well. Here is my email if you don't mind sending it. Lillian.m.anderson@gmail.com thanks in advance

Erin Conner said...

Me too! econner124@gmail.com

pcsaritap said...

I would love it if you would share your label system to atirasdesign@gmail.com Thank you in advance.

pcsaritap said...

I would love it if you would share your label system to atirasdesign@gmail.com Thank you in advance.

Janet Bennett said...

I would love to do this! Can you send me your label system if you still have it? bennett@usd230.org Thanks!

Sherrylynne said...

If possible, I would love you label system. Could I get a copy of it also... Thanks in advanced. Sherry preacherswife2@yahoo.com

Branden Petersen said...

I would also love your template for your labels. I absolutely love this idea of a teacher tool box. Thank you. stephiemac33@yahoo.com

Horn said...

I don't get how you fit markers and pencils in the drawers. They are not deep enough.

Dana Lally said...

Wow! This gets more popular every year! I found the storage container at Ace Hardware. It is also on the Lowe's website and Walmart, but they are out of stock. The company should be paying you! Here is what to google: Stack-On 19.38-in x 9.62-in 22-Drawer Blue Plastic Drawer .
Anyway, I am unable to find the labels on TPT. Could you please send me the link to your store?
Thank you!!
Dana

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