Thursday, July 3, 2014

Organizing with Diet Coke boxes {TBT} & FREEBIE

Hi Everybody! I'm linking up with the awesome bloggers at The Teaching Tribune for their Throwback Thursday challenge of Summer Bloggin'. See the link at the bottom of this post and hop on over!

Diet coke. Is the box the best part?

It's like waking up on Christmas morning!

Why do my students act giddy like they found an awesome present under the tree when I bring a Diet Coke box to school? Because... I offer these boxes to students to use as a drawer in their desks. It keeps them "organized!" They fit perfectly inside their desks after the top is cut off. 

Actually, some of my students truly use them to organize their stuff better. Others use them to contain all of the extra markers, pencils, crayons, etc that tend to fall out of their desks. I saw it on Pinterest a while back, I think. I can't remember exactly, but where else would I have gotten a super great idea like that? I will give credit to that brilliant person when I come across it again.

As a matter of fact, my students were getting creative while waiting for the next box to come along and asked for boxes from tissues and from zip lock bags. While those were helpful, none of those boxes "did the trick" like soda boxes can. One of my students finally came around to seeing it that way. I think she will be able to find her scissors now since she doesn't actually look for them INSIDE her desk...usually. How adorable! 

The positive results? Students who have better ideas about how to organize their things...although I have several boys whose things are "squared away" at any given moment. They are my expert helpers who help some of the other students get their things in order. 

Another positive result, the desk fairy has more desks to admire. I made a new reward coupon for her to give the students for the new year. If you would like a copy, please click here.

Maybe this will spark some New Year's resolutions for my students!

Happy New Year! May all of your students' desks be in tip top shape for the new year! Now if the desk fairy would just come give me a hand with my own desk... :-)

Hop over to The Teaching Tribune to find out what other bloggers have to say for Week #5 of the Summer Bloggin' Link Up - Throwback Thursday.

Have a great day!


  1. What a great idea!! I remember when I taught fourth grade how messy those desks could get!! Luckily my kinders don't have desks!! Thank you so much for sharing such a great idea, and such a sweet freebie! I'm glad I found your blog through the Throwback Thursday linky party!!

    1. Hi Erin,
      Thank you for your kind comment! Wow, you have taught a range of kids! It's nice to have the perspective of other grade levels.

      I will check out your blog in a bit.

    2. I wasn't finished yet. :-)

      Anyway, I love kindergarten too!!
      Have a great day!