Friday, July 23, 2010


I love me some Target any time of the year.

But, if I'm being honest, I must say that I get an extra rush of adrenaline when their seasonal display is transformed into a mecca of shiny notebooks, perfectly pointy crayons, and markers that are ready to perform in all of their rainbow glory.  

Serious endorphins people!

In addition to the perfection of back-to-schoolness and the bargains galore lies a real treat.


Sure you can stroll into most stores 365 days a year and walk away with free boxes, but only now will you find an abundance of colorful, sturdy treasures that are designed to hold classroom items.  Most have minimal markings on them and are ideal for housing notebooks, folders or even your guided reading sets in your classroom.

Be respectful about it. I do my best to impersonate a Target / Walmart worker as I condense stray composition books into one box so that I may become the proud owner of the boxes they were scattered into.

So aside from the obvious, what do you use these little freebies for?  Leave some comment love to let us know your ideas.

In the mean time...I'm off to the beach to celebrate my favorite soon-to-be-Kindergartner turning FIVE!!!


Jakeandjess said...

love using these guys for days of the week organization. i label each bin for each day of the week and put in my copies/worksheets/handouts/etc. in each slot. so easy to find when i need them...even better is when i am out and the sub can find everything for that because even the kiddos know where i keep it all!

Mr. Catania said...

This was one of the things on my to-do list. I knew that stores like Target and Walmart had the boxes but didn't know how to get my hands on some. I was planning on stopping at IKEA where they have 5 packs for $2.50 each, but now you will save me a good 10-15 bucks! Thanks for the tip! I'll let you know how it works out.

P.S. I got my order in the mail from you and was so pleased with the whole process. I read your book the night I got it! I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to use some of your organization ideas! Thanks again!

Lauren said...

How do you obtain these great boxes? Ask a Target employee to see their bin of recyclable boxes and cardboard? Thanks for this great idea!

Ashley said...

I use old magazines in my class a lot. I use them in all subjects for collages, pictures, grammar/language activities (words, etc.), so I keep all of my different magazines (labeled!) in those boxes. Honestly, the ones I have the magazines in now weren't free - they are IKEA, but I know that there is an abundance of them at Target & Walmart this time of year!

Colleen said...

I want some! Who did you ask? What did you say?