Storage & Organization Hacks for the Special Education Classroom

Teaching special education is tough. Teaching special education in a disorganized classroom is tougher. Here are my favorite tips and hacks for storage and organization in my special education classroom.

1. Store your picture icons and PECS in a small parts storage cabinet. You can create labels with scrapbook paper and stickers, or use a template for a Teacher Toolbox from TpT. Here are some options for toolboxes.

2. Don't have enough room for shoebox TEACCH tasks or task boxes? Use large fabric drawers and pencil pouches. Read more about my independent work system here.

3. Keep track of who's who and what's what. Store students' extra clothes and personal items in large ziploc bags labeled with their names.

4. Save space. Get rid of puzzle boxes and store puzzle pieces in pencil pouches.

5. Keep card games neat and organized by placing them in soap holders.  Even better, grab these awesome containers from the Dollar Tree.

6.  Some students come with a lot of gear.  Keep all of your individual student's "stuff" together in a three-drawer bin next to their desk.

7. Allow easy access to file folder activities by storing them in cardboard magazine file holders. Go even further by sorting them according to the difficulty level. Bonus points if you color code! You can read more about how I do this in this post.

8. Keep math manipulatives accessible by dividing them into small food storage containers.  Students just grab a container when they need one!

What are your favorite storage and organization hacks for your classroom?  I'd love to hear about them!

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