Have you gone to the office to make copies only to find that the office stapler is out of staplers, or you can't find a paper clip or sticky note? As a special ed teacher, I am forever copying IEPs, reports and putting together paperwork and hate running back to my class for supplies that office was out of. So I got smart one day and came up with my "Office in a Box" kit that I keep in my teacher mailbox in the office. It has everything I need!
Easy to make: Purchase a shallow clipboard box, which is a little larger than an 8 1/2 x 11 paper. It is about 1 inch tall, so it doesn't fill up your whole mailbox. Next put a small desk drawer organizer in it (you might use adhere it to the box with a glue gun so it doesn't move around). Put your name on it. Then add your essentials such as pens, pencils. small stapler, staples, staple remover, eraser, paper clips, scissors, and sticky notes.
Speaking of sticky notes, I have some blank ones in my "office in a box," but also some pre-printed ones I made such as "Sign and return" which I just print out and stack on the inside cover). It has make my life so much easier when I need to send home meeting notices for parents to sign.
An "Office in a Box" can also be very useful to keep in your car (because you can only stuff so much in your vehicle's storage containers and pouches)! It might come in handy when your child needs a paper clip or pencil on the way to school in the morning. Itinerant teachers who travel from school site to school site will love it, too!
If you are an IEP case manager (speech, special ed, related services provider, etc.) and would like more time saving tips like this, check out my "IEP Case Manager Time Saving Tools" in my TeachersPayTeachers store.