I’ll be the first to admit it: I have an office supply problem. Not all supplies, mind you, but certain ones that I just can’t pass up. Sharpies, heavy patterned folders, notebooks with neat covers and binders set me over the edge. Like some women can’t pass up “just another” pair of pumps, I can’t walk away from binders in gorgeous patterns and pretty colors…polka dots and hot pink are my current fascination.
To appease the part of me that’s been decluttering my classroom stash since moving into a new room in June, I made up my mind to put all of my collected binders to use this year. I am normally pretty good about using them, but I did have several that, once cleaned of their contents, generally had no purpose.
The problem with binders is that they don’t play nice when stacked up against each other. I’m sure there’s some geometric mathematical term for the way binders (all 1″ for the sake of argument) fight for space against each other, what with their one long, wide end and the other narrow end. And almost nothing irritates me more than having a row of binders on a desk or shelf and having them topple each time you remove or replace one. Grrr!
But no more! In my cleaning this summer, I also found four folder risers that aren’t being used. I almost tossed them in the “Free to a good home!” box I left in the mail room (*someone* thought they hit the jackpot when the got 50 individual white boards in that box…I gave away that many, courtesy of my teaching assistant scrounging them for years, but I still have twenty brand-new, still shrinkwrapped ones in my room!), then realized how they can help save my sanity…here’s how.
Instead of using the folder risers for folders, turn them on their sides so that the divider parts stick out onto the desk. Then, stack your binders so that the covers snuggle IN BETWEEN the dividers. Like this:
…and when you put them all together, they *DO* play nicely…
…and from that, I’ve got a very organized desk top shelf. At least for the first day of school…LOL