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Check your buckets!

"Check your buckets!!"
I don't know HOW MANY time's I've called that out at the end of class!
On the first day of art class, I went over how to organize the table buckets with every single one of my classes, and for a while they stayed pretty organized. Then... CHAOS.
Well... as chaotic as messy buckets full of art supplies can get.

I have no idea why I didn't think of this sooner. Everything else in my classroom is super organized - so the fact that it never dawned on me to put labels on my table buckets is madness.
So on our teacher workday right after winter break I spent some time printing, mounting, and taping these labels onto my buckets. And I have to say - ever since they have stayed extremely organized!
I'm pretty sad it took me this long to figure out. :/

Each bucket now has a space for colored pencils, pencils, erasers, color sticks, and crayons. On each label I also included a visual to help my younger students and ESL students figure out what goes where.


  1. I get so worked up about my buckets! I have a strict pencil and sharpie only rule in mine. But I love it when I'll ask someone to put away an oil pastel or crayon and as I am standing there watching they always try to sneak it into the bucket, nothing gets past me!

  2. Brilliant! I will be doing this on my next teacher workday or whenever I find time (so in two years after the thesis is done lol)

    --art with ms k

  3. Where are your buckets from? Walmart? an Art catalog? I know I am commenting on an old post, but hopefully I'll hear back from you! my email is: currently my little table caddys I feel are to small!

    1. Hey Cassie!
      I got them from Walmart! They were near the laundry/bathroom caddies.
      I just tried looking for it online but I can't seem to find it. Maybe it's in-store only?


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