14 Classroom Storage Ideas for the Busy Teacher


Written by Natalie

Effective classroom storage ideas don’t have to break your bank account. While there are some super cute, classroom specific storage items out there – they can come at an extra price. There are a few simple, cheap, and clever things that you could implement in your classroom today all while reaping the benefits of a more organized classroom.

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We’ve done a bit of research and found some super clever ideas on Instagram by some very clever (and super organized) teachers!

Totally AMAZING Classroom Storage Ideas


(1) Headphone Hub

No more tangled headphones in a box with this super awesome idea! Using a hanging shoe organizer allows each headphone to have its own personal spot! Everything stays nice and neat and tidy!

Thanks to @mskeeganandco for this fantastic idea and photo!

Headphone storage solution for the classroom

(2) Flexible Seating Storage

Flexible seating in the classroom can sometimes require some rearranging and specific storage solutions. These rocker chairs have been doing the rounds lately but they can be a little awkward to stack.

By using some bag hooks, the students can be responsible for putting the chairs back after using them! Thanks to Mrs. F from @perfectlypolkadot for this clever idea.

Flexible seating storage solution for the classroom

(3) Classroom Games Storage Solution – BINGO!

One of our very clever Instagram teachers shared this a while back and we just can’t help but absolutely love it! She used colorful folders to store all of her Teach Starter BINGO cards and made them easily accessible by storing them in this dish drying rack.

Now that’s genius!

Classroom storage solution for teaching resources

(4) Technology Storage Solutions

This is an oldie but a goodie. Purchase a bamboo wooden dish rack and your classroom laptops and tablets fit beautifully between each set of pegs!  @theclassroomflow was lucky enough for her husband to make one of these for her so she could store more of her laptops on each shelf. These dish racks can be purchased on Amazon or at Ikea!


iPad and Laptop Storage Solution for the classroom

(5) Small Containers for Counters

This not only is a great way to store your counters, but it also saves a lot of time! If students need counters for individual or small group work, they simply grab a container and off they go. No more having to stop what you are doing to pour out counters for students each time they need it. You and your students are able to go grab a container any time you need them! It’s a win-win!!

@teachingwithmissvandijk grabbed these containers from her local dollar store.

How to easily store counters in the classroom

(6) Wooden Storage Container for the Win

Another one of our fabulous Instagram followers got creative with the wooden Aldi storage caddies.

She painted them these gorgeous colors to brighten up her classroom. Best of all – they are perfect desk storage units for desk groups in the classroom. Or, why not use them for reading or math centers?

The pink group – gets the pink caddy with all of their materials inside! Winning!

Classroom desk storage solution

(7) Letter Tiles Storage Solution

This is brilliant! @miss_bingham is using one of these mini toolboxes (found at your local craft or hardware store) to store our printable letter tiles resource.

No more shuffling through all the tiles to find the letters that you want to give to your students…

Letter tiles storage solution for the classroom

(8) Task Card Storage

This is #taskcardgoals! Do you ever have so many sets of task cards that they get all mixed up? Or, you forget you even have them?

This clever idea by @desireephilip2614 is brilliant! She got the large carabiner from her local hardware store, but you can also order them on Amazon or get them at Wal-Mart. Then you can then store each set of cards on individual binder rings to make them easier to find and get off!

You might be wondering what task cards she has on here? It’s our 120 Comprehension Task Cards – all organized and ready to go!

How to store task cards in the classroom

(9) Hanging Resource Storage

Do you have lots of fantastic math games that you have printed but don’t know where they are?

@missmccloudsclassroom purchased this rod from her local dollar store and has used some hangers and clothespins to create this super duper amazing math game storage solution!

We spot a Teach Starter resource, too!

Resource storage hacks for the classroom

(10) Drink Bottle Trick

Well, this is cool! Drink bottle holders that you would normally attach to bikes – attach them to your students’ chairs! No more condensation all over their desks. And, more accessible to them than keeping them in their backpacks!

Thanks to @educationlifeboat for sharing this awesome idea.

Drink bottle storage in the classroom hack

(11) Paper Storage Solution

All of the beautiful colors! Do you have a lot of colored paper or cardstock that you use? Have you got a slight obsession with the different colors you can buy??

It’s all good – we have a storage solution for you, thanks to @teachingmondaythroughfriyay for this great photo of colored paper stored perfectly in a filing cabinet drawer.

Paper storage in the classroom

(12) Display Border Storage Solution

Does anyone else roll their borders up and put a rubber band around them? This makes it tricky when it comes to unrolling them and using them again the next year. This #teacherhack is super simple and brilliant! Just use command hooks and binder clips!

Thanks to @mrscessac5th for this great photo!

Display border storage hack

(13) Classroom Cart Storage

We couldn’t write a classroom storage blog without featuring the famous IKEA utility cart! This cart can be used for so many things but we love how @miss_jaysclassroom has added hooks to hers to help with the storage of task cards that you use regularly with your students.

Classroom trolley storage solution

(14) Whiteboard Pen Storage Solution

OMG! This makes us smile! To finish up, we are talking about the all-important storage of whiteboard markers. Make sure you find a container that will fit all of your beautiful markers and that you can store them upside down (makes them last longer).

Then, you need to add a super cute sign like this so that they don’t go missing! Thanks to @stylininsixth for this great photo.

Whiteboard pen storage for the classroom

And, that’s a wrap (for now).
If you have any super awesome #storagehacks make sure you tag @teachstarter_us in your photos so we can feature you in our next blog.

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