The Sun Is Shining and So Are the Gods of Organization….

I know I need to comment on Obama’s big plan to Run Like Crazy To More Standardized Testing or whatever he’s calling his plan (j.k.- totally know, RTTT for Run Teachers To Tears, right?), but my picket sign is getting heavy and I need a break. Call me lazy.

I thought to myself, “Self, what could I write about to bring joy to all my readers? Yesterday you shared a story from one of your former friends…but what about today?” And then, like lightening, it hit me.


I know, my heart just skipped a beat too.

Y’all, check out what I just found over at The Container Store (a.k.a. Mecca)!  It’s a Cascading Letter File Tote!  Seriously, the name just gave me chills…sounds so fancy.  You know, ‘cuz it’s “cascading” and all.  Let’s face it, having our files and papers cascade just seems so much better than having them pile up in alarmingly high towers of crap or jammed in your bag, doesn’t it?

And is that a calendar I spy at the top?  Be still my nerdily beating heart!

Plus, this one is GREEN (or really, kiwi, but hey, kiwi is totally in the green FAMILY) for St. Patrick’s Day.  Bonus points all around!  Or green beers…totally up to you.  (There’s an equally hot translucent one too…so many choices.  Life is good, friends, life is good again.) 
You spend a moment organizing your genius to work on at home, conveniently (and stylishly) stow  your organizational tool of choice into your bag and BAM!  You get home, hang that baby up and INSTANT OFFICE!
I know that it was just a short time ago that I posted about the genius that is the 8-pocket Organizational Folder.  That organizational wonder will always have a special place in my heart.  ALWAYS.  
Carolina Pad Eye Candy 8-Pocket Organizational Folders, Assorted Designs, 9.75 inch x 11.25 inch, 6 Count (25520)Oxford 8-Pocket Organizer Folder - Multicolor
(Sigh.  They ARE beautiful, aren’t the?)
However, I think this Cascading folder tote may be a lovely alternative for those of us who have A BILLION THINGS to carry home with us each and every night.  I mean, a pocket for homework to be corrected, a pocket for assessments (‘Cuz what we do without an assessment to look at, right? Thanks federal government!),  a pocket for upcoming lessons that need to be worked on…the possibilities are just endless.  ENDLESS!  
So, even if it’s just for today, let’s just take a moment and smile about office supplies, okay?  
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  • Ooohhhh…so many things that you could do with that gem! What a great find, I'm bookmarking it right now. This could work for student-teacher communication also. Absent kids could find their makeup work in a designated pocket, Late or makeup work could be placed in another to be assessed, etc….…no, two! (meanwhile my husband is saying: step AWAY from the computer and no one will get hurt!) lol.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm
  • Did you know that the Container Store has a teacher discount?

    March 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm
  • Jenny, you have just changed my life and in his meeting somewhere, Mr. Mimi just cringed…


    March 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm
  • I think I may have just had an office-supply-gasm. I must have the GREEN cascading tote….

    March 18, 2010 at 3:11 am
  • Thanks so much for sharing!! The container store is about to be saved as a fav…….

    March 18, 2010 at 3:11 am
  • I really like your writing style….very cute and personable! I love the passion that you show…for office supplies. I am the same way when I make a really good find for something in my classroom. I need to get this because the piles on my desk right now looks like a mini leaning Tower of Pisa. LOL

    March 19, 2010 at 2:42 am
  • Love this. I don't think there's anything nerdy about being organized or loving office supplies.

    I think it's perfectly, completely, 100% normal. Good, even!

    So great to have found a kindred spirit!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm
  • Now mrs. mimi,
    Thank you for your organizing help and tips. The desk is piled with paper and notes but the books are off the floor (mostly) and the supplies are in plastic boxes. The labels are still postage notes not label maker labels but progress not perfection. come back and visit. Lisa the librarian

    March 21, 2010 at 11:43 am
  • I've used these in the past, not to take work home, but to hang work up in my classroom under the "Hey! What did I miss?" banner, so students can refer to the folders on the wall when returning from an absence instead of bugging me for paperwork.

    Anyway, I got myself an 8 pocket folder and it's helped me out tremendously. Thanks for the idea!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:17 pm

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