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Paper Materials Boot Camp: Get Them Organized!

Welcome to Week 3 of the Speech Room Organization Challenge! I’m sharing ideas and strategies to help you tackle a few organizational projects over the summer. This week is all about getting those PAPER MATERIALS organized!

Note: This post is about paper materials for therapy (e.g., worksheets, activities, visuals, etc.). We’ll talk about paperwork and all that other fun stuff another day!

Every SLP has WAY too many paper materials! Between therapy materials, IEP documentation, and everything else, our rooms get cluttered and disorganized fast. Check out the list of tools in this post, all of which will help you organize the paper materials in your speech room!

If you read my decluttering post, then you might guess that I don’t love having a ton of paper materials. 🙂 That is my biggest tip to make paper more manageable. Purge away! I dumped nearly all of my paper materials, and you can, too!

Please don’t try to organize your paper materials before you declutter! Promise? 

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Okay, whew! Now that you’ve gotten rid of those extra papers, you can try some of these ideas. 🙂

Warning: There are a lot of CUTE ideas! Try to pick two or three tools and stick with them. Don’t buy all the tools, because it’ll make it really challenging to stay organized. It can also get kind of pricey!

1. Drawer Cart

I love drawer carts! Check out this post for more ideas on how to use them.

2. Plastic Pocket

These pockets can be used to store a variety of materials.

3. Plastic Portfolio

These Five Star portfolios are very durable and can be used to store packets of materials.

Bonus? You can use sheet protectors for “interactive” activities. (Students love using dry erase markers! It can also save you some trips to the copy machine because they can be used over and over again!)

Check out this video for a closer look.

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4. Binder

Binders are another great way to store materials!

5. File Cart

This cart makes it easy to store files and small materials all in one place!

6. Storage Cart

Check out this blog post for a peek at my therapy cart.

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7. Toolbox

A creative way to organize smaller therapy materials!

8. Plastic Drawers

Another great way to organize smaller therapy materials!

9. Photo Box

This photo boxes can be found at most craft stores (e.g., Michaels, Joann).

Every SLP has WAY too many paper materials! Between therapy materials, IEP documentation, and everything else, our rooms get cluttered and disorganized fast. Check out the list of tools in this post, all of which will help you organize the paper materials in your speech room!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

10. Pocket Chart

Pocket charts are another great way to store frequently used visuals/materials. I used a pocket chart this year to organize my students’ goal cards. We also used them to make a grammar wall (more on that later)! Felice from the Dabbling Speechie also used hers to store sentence strips.

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11. Craft/Bead Organizer

I found some bead organizers at a local craft store for a few dollars. Perfect for storing small visuals.

Every SLP has WAY too many paper materials! Between therapy materials, IEP documentation, and everything else, our rooms get cluttered and disorganized fast. Check out the list of tools in this post, all of which will help you organize the paper materials in your speech room!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

12. Thumbtacks

I store my most frequently used visuals on the wall by my therapy tool. Thumbtacks are an inexpensive and quick option!

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And for my personal favorites…

13. Therapy Tote

Check out this video for a “tour” of my therapy tote.

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14. File Box/Cabinet

We talked about this in the book organization post, but you can also use these to organize your paper materials.

Every SLP has WAY too many paper materials! Between therapy materials, IEP documentation, and everything else, our rooms get cluttered and disorganized fast. Check out the list of tools in this post, all of which will help you organize the paper materials in your speech room!

Which one is your favorite?! Let me know in the comments below!

If you’re looking for more ideas, then check out the other posts in this series:

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