5 Amazing Organizing Ideas for the Art Room

Today, in honor of AOE’s “Organize Your Art Room” week (time for a fresh start, don’t you agree?), we are kicking off the organizing extravaganza with a recap of our favorite organizing ideas. Here are some of the best (and most popular) organizing tips in the archives of AOE’s articles in one easy place for you to enjoy. Be sure click on each of the links below the photos to explore the original article with more details, photos and lots of pure art room organizational bliss. The organizing, my friends, has just begun.


5 Amazing Ideas to Organize Your Art Room




Shelf Life: Labeling Made Easy for Independent Student Clean Up





Expanding and Efficient: The best expanding file system for the traveling / busy art teacher




Using Drawers and Velcro Labels to House Student Artwork




Picture This: Labeling Student Supplies– A picture is worth a thousand words!




Avoid Chaos between classes – Grade level shelves help keep supplies organized for each grade level/class.


Want to explore more organizing tips? Here is everything we’ve ever published on organizing. I hope you have a lot of time….and a cup of coffee. :)

What is ONE organizing tip you want to share with other art teachers to make their life a little easier? 

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • Amy

    When I started out a *few* years ago, I was a little overwhelmed by how much STUFF there was in the art room so I started color-coding supplies. What started out as a simple strategy has turned into an obsession!! I color-code EVERYTHING! Table totes, supplies, Table Folders, bin labels, magnets that hold examples, handouts and rubrics, etc… I have seven tables so I’ve got red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black for the supplies and then I have seven grade levels so 1st grade is red, 2nd grade is orange, 3rd grade is yellow, etc…
    And now, the kids know where all of their supplies are, where they get returned and if something is missing, they totally notice! They crave to maintain the organization as much as I do! :-)


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