Sunday, July 8, 2012

My Trip to IKEA

Oh how I love visits to IKEA! I do not make them very often because the nearest IKEA is all the way up in Sunrise about 45 minutes from where I live, but the drive is always worth it. I have been racking my brains for ideas on how to organize myself for the upcoming school year.

 --I always feel like I walk around like a chicken with her head cut off especially when I am not sure of what room or even what grade I am teaching! Grrrr!!!---

Well, getting back to my point, I went to IKEA to look for some less expensive versions of things I drool over in places like The Container Store and boxes to store centers that I plan to start working on this upcoming week for next year.

I have been scouring blogs and Teachers Pay Teachers for ideas and materials and trying to come up with some of my own which would again be much easier if I knew what grade I was teaching next year!!!!

Again I digress. I found a bunch of different things that I have put in my to buy list (which will again be on hold until I know what and where I am teaching, humphhhh).

These blue bins are sturdy plastic and see through and would be great to put in my mentor texts and accompanying activities. (Once I get those up and running).
These black bins would be great to organize my math manipulatives so that I would not have them all out at once on the shelves and only shelve the manipulatives we are currectly using.

These big clear bins would be a great place for my students bookbags during the year and then at the end of the year as great storage for my classroom library books.

Well I didn't buy any of these....YET, I will wait on the powers that be to decide my fate and then plan another trip to the IKEA. Sigh....

Though to make myself feel better I did buy these:

 These lovely magazine organizers will be what I use to store some of the center games that I will start working on this week and I think I may even start putting in pics on this blog to keep me motivated and honest.
I will also decorate them and unleash my inner crafty girl. ;)


  1. I love IKEA and our closest is about the same distance away as yours. I've bought the magazine organizers for my room in the past and they hold up pretty well. When I used them as book boxes my first year, they were a mess by the middle of the year, but that didn't surprise me. I can't wait to see what you do with all your new purchases! :)

    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★

    1. I am thinking about putting contact paper on them after I decorate that way they might last a little longer (at least on the outside). Now I just have to find out where I put my contact paper.


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