You Oughta Know About...making cubbies when you only have shelves. I wish I had known it sooner!
To give the students a sense of "their space" I give each one a plastic shoe box from ole' happy Wal-Mart. They are only a dollar each and I could fit four on a shelf. I love these because they are roomier than pencil boxes. The students can dump their crayons, their pencils, their erasers, everything, into these boxes. Then you don't have a lot of wasted academic time with a student trying to re-stuff their crayons back into that small Crayola box!
So that's my tip, it's more like, be happy with what you have, real life is not always going to be Pinterest-Perfect, but student's feed off of your mood. When you're happy, their happy! :)
Click here to see more of my before and after classroom pictures from that year.
You Oughta Know... and I invite you to hop around for more wonderful ideas for your classroom!