Summer Storage and Organization Blues

Most teachers look forward to their summer vacations with great anticipation. However, the packing up and storing of all of our teaching supplies and materials at the end of the school year can often be overwhelming.

Does your home become a dumping ground for all of your teacher “stuff” during the summer? Here are a few tips for ditching those summer storage and organization blues!

Teacher Summer Storage and Organization Blues (+ fix)
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Summer Storage and Organization Blues

The more teacher stuff you have piled around your house during the summer the less productive you are. You sit down to get some much needed planning done and catch a glimpse of something that needs to be put away. The next thing you know you’re trying to move or re-organize the piles of junk that you know you can’t get rid of until the fall.

Don’t let your teacher stuff take over your home this summer!

PVC Storage and Organization Rack

Teacher Storage and Organization

I store and organize all my teaching stuff with this PVC shelf unit. Now nothing comes in the house- ever! I’m so much more productive when I’m not stressing out over a mess in the house.

Budget Friendly Blue and Green Home Office Makeover

Home Office Makeover

You know what else was slowing me down and making me less productive? My home office! It was drab and full of cast off furniture from my college days. Seriously, I had two ugly black file cabinets, a big brown desk and two ugly printers- blah!

When everything is tidy and organized I can get so much more work done. I started a big home office makeover project that I’m excited to share with you today.

Globe: Tuesday Morning
Dream Bigger Wood Block: Michael’s

Budget Friendly Home Office Makeover
I desperately needed a home office makeover but didn’t have big bucks to pull it off. So I did what everybody does these days and created a home office makeover board on Pinterest!

I spray painted the two black file cabinets white and had a piece of shelf material cut at my local home improvement store to serve as the top of the desk. I had another, longer piece of the same board cut to serve as the shelf on top. I just laid the shelves on top of the cabinets, no tools necessary.

File cabinet desk Pinspired by Homeology Modern Vintage.
Expedit shelf idea Pinspired by I Heart Organizing.

White Boxes: IKEA
Picture Frames on Wall: IKEA
Bookcases: Expedit by IKEA (now Kallax)

Inexpensive Home Office Makeover
Slowly, over an entire year, I transformed my home office into a tranquil oasis where I can now (hopefully) be more productive- and I did it all on a shoestring budget.

Blue and Green Binders: Office Depot online with coupons
Natural Binders: Target clearance
Flowers, Vase, and Floral Gems: Dollar store

Inexpensive Home Office Printer Stand

Inexpensive Printer Stand

I desperately wanted to hide my two gigantic, ugly printers. I found the perfect stand at IKEA for $19.99. The printer stand sits in the corner of my home office between a bookcase and a window.

Home Office Makeover Styled Bookcase

Home Office Bookcase

I already had the bookcase, chair and lamp in my office. I just styled them and added a few small pieces to match the colors in the office.

White Magazine Boxes: IKEA
Blue and Green Magazine Boxes: Office Depot online with coupon
Patterned Binders: Target clearance

How to hide your modem

How to Hide Your Modem

You know what else I don’t like? The ugly modem that sits on top of my desk! I fixed my modem problem by cutting out the back of a file box and sliding the modem inside. Bye bye ugly modem!

How to Hide Your Router

How to Hide Your Router

Speaking of ugly modems, how about that router? This one was totally pinspired and it’s awesome!

I didn’t have a hardcover book lying around so I bought a hollow, cardboard book at my local craft store. I covered the fake book with designer duct tape and cut out the back.

All other pieces pictured here are from various stores, I have listed some of my favorites for you below:

  • Home Goods
  • Hobby Lobby
  • World Market
  • Pier One

So what do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts on this home office makeover in the comments below or on Facebook!

Don’t miss my Storage board on Pinterest.

More Organization and Storage Tips:
How to Organize and Store Children’s Books
How to Organize and Store Puzzles
How to Organize and Store Your Paper Files

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. Jeanne Larson says:

    You are my hero!!! Your office makes me want to get to work on mine- it is everything I wanted and didn’t know where to start. Thank you for sharing- this is the first time I have seen such a perfect match for my needs and taste.

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Yea Jeanne! I’m so glad you like it! I just love the blue and green color combo, it makes me feel so relaxed.

  2. This is beautiful and functional, I love all the ideas, thanks for the easy explanations and resources. Are those tap light under the shelf above?

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Hi Doreen! Yes indeed those are tap lights! I found them at the home improvement store and they stick to the bottom of the shelf. They even came with a remote so I don’t have to tap each one to turn them on.

  3. Jodie @ Growing Book by Book says:

    I love to organize! Thanks for the tips. I especially like the ideas for hiding all the computer equipment.

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Hi Jodie! I know, all those blinking lights and ugly black boxes just about drove me nuts! Now I need to work on hiding the cords…

  4. Cassie @ says:

    I wish my office area was that clean! You did a great job with it.

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Well, I wish I could say it’s that clean all the time Cassie, but there are usually million Post-It notes scattered all over the place by the end of the day.

  5. I love organizing and wow your office turned out beautifully! I would have never thought to hide my router. I am going to have to pin this post because there are so many wonderful ideas to organize and transform :-)

  6. Barb @ A Life in Balance says:

    I love the home office makeover ideas! I hate the cords and stuff all over my desk. I never thought of hiding stuff in fake books. The colors you picked are good, too. Very refreshing!

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Thanks Barb! I’m so glad you liked the fake book idea, I love hiding all that ugly equipment!

  7. Your office is gorgeous! I love your idea for hiding your modem. I’m fortunate, our modem lives in my husband’s man-cave, but I have few unsightly peripherals that could use a little disguising. Great job!

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Hi Alli, thanks for stopping by! Shhhh! Don’t tell my husband about man-caves- he might want one too!

  8. I love the home office and the colors. I really like the book shelf and how you hide the modem.

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Thanks Candi, so glad you like it! I hope the colors don’t go out of style too soon- it was a lot of work!

  9. Theresa @DearCreatives says:

    I forgot to mention I pinned this and love your office! I need to do lots of organization and re-organization in my house! I hope my can look this good when it’s done! Love it.

  10. Very cool! I agree with most others who commented in saying that the idea to hide the printer and the modems was brilliant and so easy to do. The shelving units are also super simple and go well with the bright colors you picked for your office. Good work!

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