Filing cabinet organization for stress free mornings!
Lets talk about file organization! I think we can all agree here that organizing those endless stacks of papers can be less than exciting, and honestly quite exhausting. I organize mine in a way that allows me to enjoy my school year without the stress of feeling cluttered and unprepared. Yes, it took time to get to where I'm at now, but it was SO worth it. The system I use saves my sanity most days.
Lets talk colors! I use bright, fun colors on EVERYTHING. I do this because it is more appealing for me to look at. Sure, I'm the only person who ever really gets a look inside the filing cabinets, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun to look at. I print ALL of my dividers on standard printer paper in rainbow colors. These dividers go in front of EVERYTHING in my two large filing cabinets. All I do is simply staple them to the front of a file folder once I have things in place. This helps divide my papers without those tiny plastic labels getting blocked by my files when they are full. This saves me more time than I can even explain, and it only really took me 45 minutes to print and staple them all.
My files are organized in a number of ways. Letters for example; I organized my letters in order from A-Z even though I teach them out of order during the school year. The A-Z progression just flows better for me personally, but you definitely could organize them in the order in which they are used in your classroom. As shown above, each file has its own colored divider for clear separation. I use standard green hanging files, filled with manila file folders that separate each activity for each letter. This allows me to simply pull what I need for the day, instead of having to grab an entire folder containing multiple activities.
Numbers are also organized in order from 1-25.
Colors and shapes are organized in order of how I teach them.
Sight words are organized alphabetically.
(Note how my dividers are stapled!! I put the dots just barely above the top of the file folder when I staple. If it hands down at the bottom thats okay, the filing cabinet allows enough space for it to have no effect.) Each manila file folder is clearly, and boldly labeled with a black sharpie to allow for quick grabbing when I'm in a hurry. I print and prep ALL of my materials before the school year begins; which allows me to enjoy my evenings at home with my own children without having to stay late in order to finish work for the following days. My Letter Books end up getting cut, and stapled together, then bagged up into a gallon Ziploc bag. I put them in the bag to prevent them from spilling all over the place if the file tips while I transport it to my classroom. Looking for the files I have here in my letter folders?
You can find my Pre-K Alphabet Curriculum here: Pre-K Alphabet Curriculum by The Organized Preschool Teacher | TpT (teacherspayteachers.com)
You can find my Pre-K Number Curriculum here: Pre-K Number Curriculum 0-25 by The Organized Preschool Teacher | TpT (teacherspayteachers.com)
Themed Math & Literacy Units: ALL of my themed activity bundles get printed, prepped, cut, laminated (whatever they require) as soon as I have the files completed. It typically takes one evening to do 2 or 3 themed units. I begin prepping these in June typically. My themes are stored in the order in which they get used in my classroom. My math and literacy units go in the photo tubs from Michaels! I then stack these tubs on top of my filing cabinets.
You can find my Math & Literacy MEGA Bundle here: Math & Literacy MEGA BUNDLE!!! by The Organized Preschool Teacher (teacherspayteachers.com)
My other small filing cabinets have MANY helpful items in them! One is used for Teacher supplies and extra construction paper.