Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Alternatives to Filing Cabinets

Filing cabinets are great if you have the space for them. I have only taught in small classrooms, too small to fit anything more than a bookcase, my desk and chair and the students' furniture. However, we made it work. There are smaller and more affordable alternatives to filing cabinets that can be used for organizing your classroom files. I love to find awesome classroom organization ideas. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a commission for purchases using my links. Learn more. The ideas and paid links below are based on Amazon finds that are great Alternatives to Filing Cabinets in the classroom.

  • Use a plastic file box containerFile folders fit nicely into it. This container is lightweight and easy to transport. The lids clip on and they are stackable. 


  • Mobile file storage carts: Mobile carts may soon be more popular than filing cabinets simply because they can be easily moved around the classroom. Some carts are open on the sides so you can actually see the files. Some teachers may prefer the closed ones with metal sides or with plastic sides. Some can even lock.


Inserting portable file containers into mobile carts 
  • Insert portable file containers into larger carts: Portable file containers are used to keep file folder stacked neatly. They can be used on their own as stand alone file storage for table tops. I love seeing them used in conjunction with portable teacher carts.


  • Use a milk crate: a milk crate that is big enough, can be used as an organizer for file folders.

  • Use portable file boxes with side rails: These are file boxes with flip lids. The black closed frame keeps the files private and secure. This is a very affordable option.

I should mention that if you really prefer a file cabinet for your small classroom, you can try a small filing cabinet that fits under your desk. I have this blog post about small cabinets for classrooms that has lots of pictures of the different style options that are available, if you are curious.

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