Tip #1: Make Your Books Easy to Reach
Tip #2: Keep Your Materials Within Easy Reach, Too
Another great organizational tip - keep what you use the most within 1 reach - just grab it. Lesser used items are 2-reach - inside a cabinet - the 2 reaches are opening the door and reaching inside. Rarely used items should be 3+ reaches - open the cabinet, look way in the back, and move stuff to get to it.
My card decks are 1-reach. When I saw that Super Duper Inc. kept their cards on display with binder rings, I knew that would work well for keeping the cards in order. A bonus? Now I just reach in the slot and pull out what I need - a 1-step approach vs. 2-step in opening the container, shaking out the cards, sorting them back... I used 2-inch binder rings but I think 1-inch would work better. I also used the automated hole puncher to save time. It went through about 4-5 cards at a time. The first three rows are artic cards and the last two rows have language cards. I did have more, but I really cleaned them out. A simple display and clear protectors with labels make for fast retrieval when every minute of therapy counts!
Tip #3: Keep Your Test Ducks In a Row
I have a confession. I was embarrassed by a CF who mentioned that her college supervisor would have been all over her for not knowing where the yellow duck from the PLS-5 was during test administration. I agreed with her while silently wondering where my own duck was! I got a few clear containers - easy to see what's inside - and gathered all the items I would need for the PLS-5. Everything went into a snazzy 31 Bag. The manipulatives are never separated. I loan out the whole bag, not parts. The PLS-5 manuals even fit inside, and the zipper zips!
All three projects took time to set up, but they have definitely saved more time in the long run!