7 Tips for Organizing a Teacher’s Desk


Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

Are you finding that your desk is becoming more of a dumping ground for you and your students? I found when I was teaching that having an organized workspace helped my mind feel more organized too! Which in turn made me feel a lot calmer and ready to tackle the day. This blog highlights some hints and tips for organizing a teacher’s desk so that you can start each school day as calmly as possible!

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 Organizing a Teacher’s Desk (#teachergoals)

Whether you are the traditional teacher desk type of person or just have a working bench area to store all of your items, I feel it is important to have an organized space – a safe haven you can go to during your conference period and before and after school! For me, an organized space led to organized thinking!

Weekly Organization

These drawers are available at a variety of stores. We used a little bit of washi tape to jazz them up a bit and used our editable Tray Labels – Stripes to add the weekday labels on the drawers. I would use these drawers to organize all of my worksheet activities for each day for the week ahead!

This #organizationhack is also a great way to check that you have done all of your copying for the week. Another bonus, if you need a substitute teacher during the week, you can tell them exactly where the worksheets are housed on your desk!

Desk organisation for teacher's desk

Assessment Organization

Assessments, trackers, checklists, student goals… all of this can become a little overwhelming and you may find you have bits and pieces all over the place! I had two main binders on my desk to ensure nothing went missing! I had my assessment trackers in one binder.

Then, in the other, I had student work samples that I was collecting throughout the term to refer to when it was time for report cards or parent-teacher conferences, or even when it came time to recommend students for extra support services. Having these binders with everything together made reporting and data meetings so much less stressful!

Teacher desk organisation goals

Spare Notes and Worksheets

I found that spare notes and worksheets that had been handed out would often end up in a pile on my desk… somewhere! If a student was absent one day and came up to me the next day asking for notes or missed work, I was scrambling through my piles of paperwork trying to find the spares!

Not anymore… with this simple idea!

Any spares for the week would be clipped here and it made life so much easier. Students were able to collect the worksheets and notes themselves by unclipping them from the hanger. Winning!

Tips for teacher organisation

Clipboard Notice Boards

One of my colleagues did this on her desk and I really liked how accessible schedules, homework trackers, or simple reminder notes were! I bought these clipboards for $3 each, such a great addition to an organized desk that makes it easy to grab when you need them and also easy to write on!

Teacher desk organisation

Task Card Organizer

The storage of classroom resources is one that is never-ending. But, once you find something that totally works – you roll with it! This folder was one of them for me. The perfect way to organize any task cards that you may have sorted into subject areas.

This definitely made my life a lot easier! I would have this easily accessible on my desk so that I could just grab the folder, find the subject I was working on, and pick a task or activity that linked in well. This was also perfect for any substitute teacher that came in to my class!

Check out our huge collection of classroom task cards for some ideas and inspiration.

Task card storage for the classroom

Office Supply Organizer

It happens and it happens very quickly. You soon have drawers full of all those supplies that you seem to collect as a teacher. Then, when you want a particular item…you can’t find it!! That is where this amazing storage idea comes in handy!

The one below has our Desk Name Tags – Dark Blue printed two to a page to get the right size for the drawer labels. You choose what would best go into the drawers for your classroom! I found having band-aids easily accessible, spare whistles, thumbtacks, rubber bands, push pins, and paper clips were a definite must!

Teacher desk storage

There you have it. Some hints and tips on how I organized my teacher’s desk and ultimately felt more at ease in the classroom. Obviously, we are all different in what works for us! But, using these ideas definitely made me feel more in control during my first year of teaching.

Share your hints and tips for organization in the comments below.

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