Clever Teacher To-Do List & Bulletin Board Letter Storage

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far. I know I am. πŸ™‚

Today I want to show you two cheap and easy projects I finished this week to make my life easier next year. Both will help me stay organized which is always exciting! (At least to me anyway. ;))

Okay, so here’s what I started with. I spent $3 at Dollar Tree and got a picture frame and 2 photo albums (I plan to get more albums since it worked so well).

Materials $3

Let’s start with my picture frame project.Β Sorry creepy smiling family, you’ve got to go!

Picture Frame

I took out the picture, made a cute little printable sheet, and voila, a fabulous to-do list to put on your desk/teacher area to keep track of what you need to do! You just write on it with dry erase marker and it comes right off.

Want to make your own? Click the picture below to download the printable to-do list.

Check List

The next project uses a plastic photo album like this.

Photo album

I don’t know about you, but I like everything to be organized in a way that it’s always easy to access and I know right where something is. Well, that was not the case with my bulletin board letters. I always always hunting through my big box of letters when I needed to make a new bulletin board. I saw this photo album and had a light bulb moment: I could use 1 photo album to store each set! I made a cute cover, placed each letter in it’s own sleeve, and now it’s super easy to find the ones I want. I’ve only organized this set so far, but as soon as I have all of my set organized, I’ll show you what it looks like. I think this one turned out great!

Collage of Photo Album

There you have it! I hope those tips were helpful. πŸ™‚

Have a great Sunday!

Martha from Primary Paradise

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  • missyg
    June 23, 2013 9:02 am

    Love the idea for the photo albums. So clever! πŸ™‚

  • Margo n Adams
    June 23, 2013 10:27 am

    Great ideas!!! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • Dana
    June 23, 2013 10:38 am

    The photo album idea is brilliant!
    Common to the Core

  • Julie Graham
    June 23, 2013 10:43 am

    I love these ideas! Thanks

  • Sheryl B
    June 23, 2013 10:46 am

    Great idea! Thanks so much.

  • Anu atluri
    June 23, 2013 10:48 am

    I love the idea for the letter storage!! It sure beats putting them in ziplock bags all mixed up. What size did you make the cover label?

  • Shawn Turpin
    June 23, 2013 10:52 am

    I can’t wait to create my new to do list! Thanks for both the ideas.

  • Pam
    June 23, 2013 11:24 am

    I love this idea with the frame!! I’m always losing the pad of paper I wrote my to-do list on. I think this will really help organize me and I really need the help!! Thanks for all your tips.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      June 23, 2013 12:44 pm

      I’ve seen the pretty to do list all over Pinterest, and just had to make my own. πŸ™‚ You could even hang it on the wall on a hook so you can’t misplace it!

  • First Grade Hugs and High Fives
    June 23, 2013 12:40 pm

    I’m definitely making a pretty to-do list. Been seeing them all over pinterest… as for the letter storage, I’m forever making new letters because I can’t find the old ones. Maybe I should try the album idea…
    First Grade Hugs and High Fives

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      June 23, 2013 12:45 pm

      Meghan, the albums are seriously working great! I’ve completed 2 so far (it’s taking a while since I bought new letters and have to punch them out). Make sure you buy one with at least 26 picture pockets- I bought ones with 48 so I have some extras.

  • Laureen
    June 23, 2013 5:44 pm

    great ideas! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Melissa
    June 27, 2013 1:37 pm

    What GREAT ideas! I was thinking of using the photo albums for student info cards, too (phone #s, emails, allergies, etc). I usually just punch a hole in the corner & keep the student info cards on a ring, but the cards get worn & torn. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      June 27, 2013 9:13 pm

      You’re very welcome! I love that idea for student contact info as well. πŸ™‚

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