5 Simple Book Bin Storage Ideas

What can you use book bins for

These are my best book bin storage ideas for the classroom. Book bins make any collection of books or other classroom essentials have neat storage with easy access. Book bins are not only being used for storing classroom library books, but they are being used for storing many other classroom items like Chromebooks, clipboards, earphones, worksheets, manipulatives, and centers.

A simple design of book bins makes them very convenient for young students to use them for storage. The open tops are convenient for students to just reach in, to take out, or return items. There are no clips or latches to open. The sides are deep enough to keep items within the bins and since book bins are usually placed tightly in a row, it reduces the chances of them getting knocked over.

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other uses for book bins – Book Bin Storage Ideas

Teachers are realizing that book bins aren’t just for books. These are the other uses for book bins in the classroom:

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Store classroom laptops in book bins: Classroom tech devices like laptops or tablets, can be individually stored in book bins. Each bin can hold the device, charging cord, and earbuds, for a student. The bins will need to be labeled with a numbering system to match the device number or student number. See examples of tech devices in this blog post.

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Store classroom earphones in book bins: This classroom cubby shelf is for students’ books and earphones. The earphones go in the book bins to keep them safe.

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Use book bins as student mailboxes: Put all work that is to be sent home in book bins that are labelled with students’ names. They can also be used as turn in bins. The storage rack keeps the bins secure.

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Store classroom manipulatives in book bins: Put your math maipulatives in zippy bags, then store each one in a book bin. This keeps the bags separate and makes everything neat. This is one of the most practical book bin storage ideas because I really don’t like to see a heap of zippy bags. They cannot stand up neatly on their own. The use of book bins for storing manipulatives is becoming one of the most popular ideas for book bin storage ideas.

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Use book bins as turn in bins: If you have a lot of subject areas to collect work for and less space to store it all, use book bins to collect worksheets and notebooks. A book bin rack would be sometimes necessary to keep the book bins upright. Book bin racks are made of wire frames and they are made for stacking book bins in a horizontal row.

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I hope you have found new book bin storage ideas from this blog post.

Have you discovered a new way to use your book bins? If you have, please share about it in the comments. Teachers are the ones who innovate and think up the most creative solutions for their classrooms. If you have any questions, you can ask me anything in the comments below.

I’ve created editable book bin labels that come in a lot of popular classroom themes. See them in this blog post.

You can find lots of free book bin labels here for your classroom. There are free black and white templates and colorful ones. Some of the labels are PDFs and others are editable in PowerPoint.

More ideas will be added soon.

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