Although there is definitely more user-friendly shelving around (this is about half of the shelves I have that were built to store square toy boxes) these little cubbies were just right for turning into group work hidey-holes that after a bit of cleaning and laminating this afternoon now look like this:
Yay! Such a simple solution! Now everything that I need for my groups is all in the one spot, and the kidlets will know exactly where to pop their materials when it's time to pack up. (Pencil graphics from Ashley Hughes.) There's even space for the materials that are on high-rotation to be stored when they aren't needed for a group that week:
I think there's a few more things in my classroom that I need to kiss. Keep it simple, silly!