Creative File Organizer

dish drainer file organizer

Dish Drainer File Organizer

Every teacher I know, myself included, struggles with managing the mountains of paperwork that comes with the territory. I have tried just about everything to keep my desk tidy {I just love that word, it’s so under-used!} but it’s a constant battle.

Stacking file holders are great, but not only did I re-purpose mine, I found myself stuffing papers on the shelves just to get them out of the way. I used to have one of those fabulous wall organizers in my old classroom but I no longer have the space for it.

When I first saw this idea from The Cottage Chick back in the spring I knew I had to give it a try. I love things that are cheap, yet functional and this dish drainer turned file organizer certainly fits the bill. I like how I can quickly and easily put papers in the correct folders instead of just throwing them in a big pile.

This dish drainer only set me back about five dollars at my local big box store. How stinking cute would it look with some of those designer file folders that are in stores right now? Get thee to an office supply store now!

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About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.


  1. Cute! I already have a desk file folder holder, but if I didn’t I would totally borrow this idea!

    I wish I had a desk – I’m in our community hall, so my “desk” is our kitchen counter. Thankfully they let me have some cupboards that I can use to keep my desk-type things in, including my files, when I have to remove all traces of preschool. One day I hope we can have our own place!

  2. Cute idea! I actually believe I have one of those put away somewhere.

  3. Wonderful idea! I keep the work I have the kids doing in Mon-Fri file folders but have always struggled finding somewhere to keep them. This is definitely going on my desk. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  4. LOVE it! And I just happen to have an old dish drainer that I was wondering what to do with. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Gloria Granados says:

    I find myself doing the same thing…throwing papers on the shelf to review later [and then later never comes, haha]. I unfornately do not have a desk so this organizer might just be the ticket as I can store it on a shelf or atop a cabinet. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. Thank you for visiting my blog! I’m so glad you like it! I have loved so many of the things you have done and referenced your webiste ALOT during my first year of teaching and I still do! You’re awesome!

  6. Fantastic! I’m anxious to go out and get a dish drainer! We usually put the children’s folders in a dish pan or repurposed storage box, but the drainer will be so much better! Easier to keep upright and put papers into nat the end of the day.

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