No doubt I am not the only teacher across America to use this idea, BUT I think it's worth sharing. During my second year of teaching, I walked into my colleague's classroom and she was picking up these little red buckets. I asked her what those were for and she explained that they were mini garbage cans. How brilliant! So I went to the Dollar Tree and picked up these little guys - 6 of them, one for each group of tables.
Now I don't want to paint a picture that makes me look like I am the type of teacher who makes her kids sit in their desks all day, every day. That is certainly NOT the case. However, some of my little ones just don't understand the concept of cutting out ALL the pieces and then walking to the garbage can when they are done. Instead, they cut a piece, go throw it away, cut a piece go throw it away...you get the picture. These garbage cans help that problem! The kids can keep their desks free and clear of paper scraps as they cut and Mrs. Unger can keep her sanity. :)