Trina Deboree
Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

How To Organize and Label Your Makerspace

Getting started with developing your own Makerspace can be hard even after you have followed the 5 Fundamental Ways to Launching A Sensational Makerspace. People often feel like they just need a starting point. This week I’m going to help tell you how to organize and label your makerspace. Let’s get started.

How To Organize and Label Your Makerspace

One thing to keep in mind when putting your space together is to do what is needed for you and your kids. Everybody’s situation is different. So you will certainly want to keep your kids in mind and even involved in the decision process. Choosing materials are very personal. Only you can know if your space will be just right for power tools, tech tools, or even arts and craft tools. 

Also, the objective of your space is an important factor. Actually, it is the key factor. Do you want your students to be more creative, have more hands-on experiences? Do you want to incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math {STEM} skills? Do you want to extend literature responses with Makerspace Moments in Literature? Or do want to allow free exploration and building? Is this a good place for collaboration? Will it be a center? Is it a closet in your house? If your answer is yes to all of these, then keep these factors in mind as you begin. 

Sometimes we all need a little help getting started. After you have determined your objectives, then it is important to decide where you will put things. 

One of the most important aspects of creating a space is knowing how it will all be put away! (Well, this is the most important thing for me! As I don’t want this space to be a giant mess that I have to deal with each day. LOL) So being creative with storage containers is key. Here are a few suggestions:


  • Baskets, crates, and any other type of container from The Dollar Store
  • Old Paint cans make great containers for tools
  • Recycled dressers (think of dumpster diving as a means of getting your materials organized!) 
  • There are some really cool furniture pieces for tools, as well - if you are in a media center and have furniture funds. 

Labels and Signage

I have created a blank editable template for creating labels for all of your goodies. I hope it helps! If you are needing some additional support or would like the signage done for you, I’ve created a MakerSpace Start-Up Kit. It includes links to resources (which you can find on my blog), essential questions for K-2 and 3-5, a MakerSpace Banner, signage for your MakerSpace tools and gadgets, general exit tickets, and a letter to parents asking for supplies. 

The good news is I am giving it away to my first five readers! Be sure to sign up below.

I hope your brain is churning with ideas for storage and labels. Remember The Dollar Store can be your best friend at times like these!  I would love to hear how it is going. Share in the comments below about your struggles and successes in getting your MakerSpace off the ground. 

Next time we will be discussing getting others involved in all things MakerSpace and which procedures you may want in place to help things run smoothly! Until next time...

Happy Teaching and Learning!


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