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How to Organize Your Speech Room for Under $50



Organizing speech materials is a tricky ordeal. Or should I say, effectively organizing speech materials is a tricky ordeal. We service a variety of age groups (sometimes PreK through high school even!) and that is part of the challenge. Another challenge is the scope of what we do. Not only are we doing articulation therapy, but language therapy as well. Language therapy can be anything from AAC to teaching figurative language. How do we EFFECTIVELY organize so much STUFF?!

I have gone from manila envelopes, to zip-lock bags, to filing systems and back. What I have found that works for me may not work for you. To each his own. However, here is what I do…

Manila envelopes worked for a while, then I found that I didn’t like not seeing inside the envelope and they wear after a year or two. So after a trip to the Container Store, I found some items that have made my room look so much better and DE-cluttered all the madness.

This weather tight file box is only $12.99 and comes with 12 file folders to organize by month. I love the file box because I struggle whether to group products by skill or season. In my file box I have the 12 folders and materials that I target during that month organized. I like this system because you can go to any month and find exactly what you need. No more digging through envelopes looking for all of my September activities. Also, these are perfect to store your no-prep worksheets!


This is a 12-case photo storage container that is perfect for storing task cards. It is $24.99 and worth every penny. This is a must have for any SLP that travels. It has a convenient handle and is easily portable. I take this back and forth to my elementary school and middle school and have the activities I need on hand.


Book companions have so many different activities within them that I was struggling to keep it all together. I found these handy letter sized zip folio containers that do the job. They come in packs of 3 at the Container Store for $5.99. I also store my interactive adapted books in them! My favorite part is they’re translucent on one side so I put the title of the book in front and grab-and-go!


Also, I am ALWAYS on the lookout for bargains. I found these bins that just so happened to match my color scheme for $1.49 at my local Fry’s grocery store! Who gets excited about bins? Me. ☺ I plan to store activities with manipulative pieces and toys/games that I can pair with any activity and of course, they’ll be labeled.


I am also lucky to have a room with ample cabinet space and counter space to store binders, Super Duper games, etc. How do you store your materials? I am always looking for clever ideas to make my SLP life a little less hectic!

Happy organizing!
Lacee Johnson
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