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If you’re like me, you’re a basket hoarder.  I can’t help it.  Everytime I’m at the Dollar Tree or Deals or Wal-Mart I buy some more baskets.  Hey…as I tell the mister…you know I need every.single.one.of.these.baskets.  Well, today I am showing you a great way to use those baskets!
One of my favorite activities is Walking, Reading and Writing The Room and Walking, Reading and Counting/Adding/Subtracting The Room!  The problem is that it’s hard to keep it organized and easily accessed by my differentiated groups.  I tried sitting on the floor.  No go.  Basket death by little feet.  I tried keeping folders behind my desk.  Too much time for Mr. Greg.  And then it hit me.  BAM!  It was like a glitter explosion!  USE THE WALL!  
I placed 1 command hook on the wall and placed the basket on hook.  That allowed me to place the second hook in the correct place. 

Then I attached basket to the hooks.  BAM!

Each basket coordinates with the colors of my literacy groups and math groups.  I put the sheets for writing the room in the basket.  They can just grab one and go.  No more stress!  


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  • Reply Kristen's Kindergarten April 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Love this idea!! The nice people at 3M really should give these hooks away to teachers…I don't know how I would get through the year without using them lots of places in my classroom! Thanks for sharing…now off to the Dollar Tree!

  • Reply Amy Alvis April 12, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Love this idea, Greg! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Leslie Hamlin April 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Ok! I just fell in love with idea! So clever! I am always thinking “If only I could hang a basket!” and now I can. I, too, have a basket fetish. It's bad!! The mister gets mad and threatens to throw them away or tries with very little success to dissuade me from buying them! Ha! Thank you for this BRIGHT idea!

    First Grade and Flip Flops

  • Reply Susan Mischler April 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    This just gave me another idea. I find myself fishing for the original because someone has used the last one but if I out a white copy of the original in a plastic sheet the kids would know to tell me I needed more.

  • Reply Ashley Gravelle April 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Brilliant!! Just brilliant!

  • Reply Corinna April 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Oh how I wish I had more wall space! I do need to get some of those command hooks though! Mahalo for sharing!

  • Reply Tammy Fraser April 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I've been trying to figure out a way to maximize space in my classroom. This looks like a winner! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Ms.M April 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I LOVE this and am so doing this MONDAY, outside my door, for a way to collect my homework while I am out of the room. Love, love, love.
    Ms. K/1 ELL

  • Reply Kristen April 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I owe you two thanks…one for the awesome idea!!! And the other? For enabling me to buy MORE baskets this summer 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Tiffany Brosig April 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    This is such a great idea! This will save me next year when I have bookshelves snatched away from me for the new teacher being hired ;).

  • Reply Stacey April 12, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    What a great idea! I am going to be doing this for sure!
    Teaching Ever After

  • Reply vicky1970 April 13, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Seriously so simple…yet so brilliant! Love it!
    Teaching and Much Moore

  • Reply Mrs. Allen April 13, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Great idea, Greg! This will definitely help save counter space.

    Flip Floppin' Through…3rd Grade

  • Reply Nicole Rios April 13, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Awesome idea! Thanks so much for sharing.


  • Reply Erin April 13, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  • Reply Katie Knight April 14, 2014 at 3:18 am

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Sarah Paul April 14, 2014 at 4:22 am

    I love this idea!!! Thank you for sharing! I need this because I don't have a lot of shelf space. Brilliant!

  • Reply Julie April 15, 2014 at 1:44 am

    What a great idea!!! I always have too many papers and not enough space. Thanks!

  • Reply The Colorful Apple April 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Ohhh I am a basket hoarder! Love this idea of putting them on the wall! So simple and easy. Thanks for sharing!

    Sara 🙂
    The Colorful Apple

  • Reply Ms. McGaha July 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Wha an awesome idea! I had this pinned and had no idea it came from your blog. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Karen @ PreKinders July 19, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Cool idea! (And I love your simile “glitter explosion”.)

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