Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HNY Freebielicious Blog Hop

I truly wish it was not 2 am right now...otherwise this would be way more detailed. If you follow me on Pinterest then you know my latest obsession. One word.....FILOFAX.
I purchased this beauty I call "pinky" in August. I started to use it for school & then I changed organizers. The only reason I changed is because I needed something bigger. I will give you a tour of my school binder/organizer another time. I.AM.OBSESSED with both.
Keep reading..I have a surprise for you at the end of this post.

I am totally on my vampire schedule again & am up all night long. Please pray for me next week. I am going to die! New school. New classroom. Up at 6 am again. I am getting anxiety thinking about it. I have been working on things for my new classroom my entire break. I can't wait to show you pictures. I will not unveil, until it's complete. So stay tuned........Hopefully, it won't be a year from  

One of my main goals for my new classroom is to be as organized as possible. That is my work goal. I am trying to not have too many flat surfaces where I can dump papers. I am trying to pack everything tightly so I don't have anywhere to hide the piles of paper. I always buy so much on TPT & copy way too much of it. I am going to try & change that part of my planning. I OVER PLAN way too much! As I was packing up my old classroom I found out what a hoarder I was. I really should of taken pics...I was too embarrassed. Since my classroom will be smaller I had to get rid of about half of my stuff. It's ok. I'm over it. It hurt...real bad. It was pure torture. Ok...vent over. A lot of my items did go to newer teachers who haven't collected as much as I have. So I am glad I can help out other teachers. I also donated a ton of pocket charts, containers (I'm a container hoarder), & shelves to local private schools. My mom actually said "you should be ashamed of yourself having all these containers!"......I have more friends just in different colors. I basically got rid of anything primary. It's all good but I still have an excess of pretty containers now.
I will show you just a few pics I took on Monday. These neon bright colored bins are from Really Good Stuff.  I LOVE THEM!!!! The black bins are 12 quart dishpans. I risked my life to get these. I went to a REALLY bad part of track these down. If you live in the Chicagoland area don't even bother looking for these...I bought them all. Ha! Seriously, they are no longer making them!!!! Why, Sterilite, why??????? You are disappointing teachers around the world. Maybe we should all write them! Anyway, I used my neon Avery labels to make the student numbers pop. Our new desks are flat. As in there is nothing underneath. I am not kidding friends. They have no where to put their things. This was my best solution otherwise all of their items would be loose in those cubbies & that would not be a pretty sight. 
Here is a pic of my kiddos when we did our tour the last day before Winter break. You can get an idea of how the desks are. The one good thing is that they are super heavy so they will not be all over the place. 
This is another tiny view of the one side of the room that is almost finished. My seven bulletin boards will be the last thing that gets finished. I have a feeling those won't be done until after the kids return. 
I was so fortunate with all the generous gifts from my husband and mom. This gift was my favorite! The pens my husband put in my stocking were my second favorite :o) This washi tape turntable can be purchased at Costco for $19.00 or you can find it here.  
I apologize for the poor quality of these Filofax pictures. It's super late (3:20 am) & the lighting in my office is horrible. As you can see I purchased some multicolor paper from Amazon. I am planning on using blue for school, green for personal notes & pink for blog notes.  I ordered the 2014 refill with a week on two pages-no lines.  I prefer the one with no lines so I can make it look pretty with washi tape. You can find the refill here.
Here is a view of the inside of my Filofax personal organizer. I use a combination of what you see above as well as two additional markers that are not shown. The Frixion markers on the right are erasable so I do use those often. On the left are my favorite Paper Mate flair markers, a Pilot G2 & a simple mechanical pencil. There is also a space for business cards & I also put my favorite Post-it tabs. 
I received a very generous Amazon gift card from a parent so I ordered these Paper Mate flairs for my organizer. 
I am going to be stalking the mailman starting tomorrow. These have an ultra fine point so I am super excited to try them out.

Remember that washi tape turntable?????? Naturally, my resolution is to lose weight. It always is. Hopefully, by putting it out there I will be held accountable. Hubs & I are going to do our best to move it & lose it! I just love food so much....wah! 
Those are the markers I use when I write on washi tape. The Sharpie was from the hubs. 
I decided to skip ordering the expensive stickers and decided to make labels for my Filofax & my school organizer. Simply use return address sized labels & print. I personally used Avery 8167 labels & I also used Staples brand labels & they both lined up fine. LMK if you would like to see more labels. Click on the pic above to grab your freebie.  

I am also sharing a sign that I made & keep in my Seusstastic office. I look at it every time I am feeling burned out. I love it! Simply right click & save it. I have mine in an 8x10 frame & I also have a 5x7 at school. 

I hope I have helped or motivated you in some way. I know I get excited for a new year & fresh start. We can do this! Now hop to Donna from Kinderglynn's blog & read all about her resolutions. 


It is now after 4 am & I almost just ordered an Ab Carver Pro. I better get some sleep!



  1. This is such a smart idea Mel. I have sent the hubs off to office max to get me labels. Thanks so much for your amazing creativity.
    A Differentiated Kindergarten

  2. Love the labels! I already bought my FiloFax because of you!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  3. I can't wait to see your new classroom!
    Sharing Kindergarten

  4. I LOVE the labels you shared! I'm trying to be more organized this year and I'm looking into that FiloFax. Where did you get the adorable paper clip tabs? I've been looking everywhere for those!

    Fourth Grade Shenanigans

  5. love your new Washi Tape holder!!! And love the poster....great for the classroom and at home!! :)
    Kindergarten Lifestyle

  6. I love all the storage space that you have in your room! I can't wait to see pictures of your room when you are all finished decorating it!

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  7. You always make me giggle! Thanks for the classroom pics! Love the black & neon! Happy New Year! wendy 1stgradefireworks

  8. That washi tape dispenser???? SWOOOOOON!!!!

    Your adorable labels???? SWOOOOON!!!!

    Your creativity and generosity??? SWOOOOON!!!!

    Thanks a million for this post!

    Growing Firsties

  9. I confess to being a hoarder...I hope to work on that this year. But writing on washi tape?? Who knew?? Brilliant!! And the tape dispenser is in my cart (need another payday first). Thanks for the cute labels and the inspiration!

    Terri Izatt

  10. Love using the washi tape on the calendar! Thanks for the labels!

  11. Loving,loving, loving your labels!!! They are just great!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!

  12. Mel, are you a member of PlannerNerds on FB? It seems like something you'd enjoy after reading this post! :D

  13. Oh my goodness, LOVE IT!! I have been following you on Instagram and Love all of your classroom pics you have been posting. I can't wait to see the finished product!! Love all of your organizing ideas. I just started following you and can't wait to read more. I just started blogging and love discovering blogs like this that are new to me.
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade

  14. You are so organized. Can you come and organize my room? :)


  15. I LOVE all of your ideas! Your labels are my favorite. Thank you so much for sharing! If you have any more labels, I would love to see them!

  16. It has been a while since this was posted; however, I just wanted to thank you. These are perfect and just what I was looking for.
    God Bless

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