ENTER: 25 cent pencil baggies from WalMart! I bought a few of these years ago during a school supply sale but never really found a niche for them. I decided to fill them with the "essential" supplies so that kids could borrow them when there was an assignment that needed completed at home.
I laminated a chart with the baggie numbers and a place for students to put their name, with a vis-a-vis maker, when they "rent" it out. Notice, I also have empty baggies for rent (with a space for the item) so that students can take home a specific thing instead of an entire bag.
The kids were really geeked about these and I already had two taken home tonight to finish Continent and Oceans maps! Not life-changingly creative, but definitely a better way to organize our classroom stuff for us!