Labeling the Cubbies

It is day three on setting up my classroom, most of the boxes are cleared, and now it is time to label!  I am starting with my cubbies.  I normally use name tag stickers to label the cubbies, but at the end of the year, I have to scrape the stickers off…and this is normally a tedious task.  I decided to try a different technique.  I still purchased the name tag stickers, but I am going to leave the sticker part on, and just seal them down with clear contact paper.  Here is what I mean…

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To make each name tag stick, I cut out a square size that was bigger than the name tag.  I pealed off the contact paper sticker, and laid it over the name tag (please excuse my Hello Kitty band-aide on my pinkie from me wrestling with the bulletin board paper).

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The name tag is secured onto the cubby, and at the end of the year, I will be able to peel it off, with little effort!

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At the very bottom, I also give myself a cubby.  This is for those sweet notes or pictures that students make me throughout the day.  Instead of saying, “I love it, please put it on my desk so I can save it forever!” I can say, “Thank you! Please place it in my cubby so I can find it later!”

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16 responses to “Labeling the Cubbies”

  1. Cupcake Avatar

    I am definitely making myself a cubby!! I always end up with piles of drawings on my desk! I use adhesive business card holders on my cubbies.. they've been on there a few years so far, and I can easily switch out names from year to year.
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

    1. Michelle Griffo Avatar
      Michelle Griffo

      That is a really good idea! Then you don't have to peel anything off, you just replace the name!

  2. Unknown Avatar

    Why didn't I think of this years ago? =) I hate picking off the sticky stuff from left over name tags at the end of the year. Great idea!

    The Daily Cupcake…A Kindergarten Blog

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    Such a cute design! I want this label (..)
    sticker printing

  4. Laura Avatar

    I put my numbers and names on binder clips this year. I can move them and they won't be stuck at the end of the year. I am thrilled!

  5. Ash Avatar

    Love the name tag idea! So ingenious!

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  6. Erin Avatar

    Oooh… I wonder if you could do this with BLANK labels and use Vis-a-Vis / wet-erase markers to write the names on them for use year after year…? Love this idea (and wish I hadn't already labeled everything this year)! 😀

  7. Unknown Avatar

    That's a cute idea- I'm gonna make myself a cubby tomorrow 🙂


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  8. Kristin Avatar

    Brilliant—-I am making myself a cubby tomorrow!!!!

  9. Kristin Avatar

    By the way, love the new look!!!!

    1. Michelle Griffo Avatar
      Michelle Griffo

      Thanks Kristin! 🙂

  10. Vanessa Avatar

    OOOOhhhh!! I love that you have your own cubby!
    I am new to contact paper and I want to put it on everything! I have an idea for tomorrow! lol. I'd love for you to join my linky party on Friday, it's called Friday Photo Dump, keep that in mind all week and snap some more pictures of your cute (and labeled) classroom!
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

  11. Unknown Avatar

    Love your cubbies! and Wow! Why didn't I think of that! I sooo need a cubby of my own too! Thanks for the idea! 🙂
    Crayons and Curls

  12. Halle Avatar

    I love the idea of giving yourself a cubby! I'm pinning it so I don't forget 🙂


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  13. Annie Moffatt Avatar
    Annie Moffatt

    The cubby for yourself…such a good idea!!

  14. Bridget Avatar

    I am obsessed with contact paper!! I use that for the name tags on desks! I never thought about using those in my cubbies, as well!! What a GREAT idea!!

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