So I'm cruising pinterest one day, looking for more tips on how to be more organized and I come across some amazing teacher organizer bins. Now, if you are at all familiar with pinterest or you like lakeshorelearning.com's teacher organizing tools, you'll know that what I found was the $49.95 All Purpose Teacher Organization bins. I mean, they're pretty amazing bins and they come with labels and folders and blah blah blah... They're also award winning. However, I currently have no salary and am paying to teaching with my student teaching so that wasn't really an option for me. So the picture of the bins got filed away to my pinterest board and I kept on with my search. One day, I went to Target and of course had to go into the dollar section. And I stumbled upon these bins... I decided to keep on walking because I wasn't quite sure about my opinion of them. A few days later, I returned to Target and saw the bins but they weren't in pretty colors. If you haven't noticed, my roommate and I love Target and typically frequent it about once a week. So I went home, deciding that it wasn't meant to be. However, I returned to pinterest and found that some other fellow educators had used these boxes too! I grew determined to make my own version of these $49.95 bins.
VOILA!! My creation. So, they didn't have yellow but that's okay. I bought 8 bins after going to two different Targets as the first had NONE. 5 bins are used for the 5 days of the week and 1 is labeled other because stuff happens and sometimes you just need that other bin. I'm not completely certain what I'll do with my other two but at the moment, I have two preps so I could use one for each prep. Anyways, so I labeled the bins with the days using simple paper and cardstock. I then decided that I needed matching folders just like the $49.95 version. So, I started looking online for 'manila' style folders that came in the four colors. And then I found a pack of 100 for $14.79 at Costco.
Have fun being thrifty! Oh, and the Target bins were $2.50 apiece....
5 daily bins * $2.50 = 12.50
1 other bin * $2.50 = 2.50
Folders = $14.79
Total= $29.79 < $49.50 plus I have folders to spare!