Create a memory book to organize kids’ school papers and artwork.
A memory book for school papers can help eliminate the overwhelm of paper clutter. School papers can be a mom’s worst nightmare. Just when you think you went through them all, another load of them comes home. My kids regularly bring home drawings, worksheets, tests, and artwork. While I love all of it, it is unrealistic to keep all of the school papers.
In the past, I was storing their school papers in a plastic bin. However, over time I realized it was not the best system. After doing a lot of research on school papers, I decided to use a binder to create a memory book. Using the binder, I was able to create a meaningful memory book that holds the favorite school papers.
Today, I will show you how to organize those piles of school papers into a simple memory book!
How to Organize Kids’ School Papers with a Memory Book
Step 1: Clear out backpacks and folders every single day.
Clutter builds up when we are not intentional in taking every day’s little steps. Start the routine now of having your kids empty their book bags and folders every single day. When they remove the paper sort it immediately. Display any special papers and after you are finished displaying them add them to the binder or put in your physical inbox.
If a paper is not a favorite or meaningful, I recycle it. Now, we all know that most kids are going to say every single paper is their absolute favorite. So this is where you, as the mom, will have to oversee things and recycle what is not essential.
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Step 2: Create a memory book.
Step 3: Add the papers to the memory book.
I usually add new papers every Saturday, if there are any. However, you could do this at the end of every school year. Decide what system works best for you. Since I put the favorite papers into my physical inbox, that gets emptied on Saturdays so it just makes sense to then move the papers to the memory book.
Step 4: Have your child fill out the first day of school and the last day of school interviews at the appropriate times.
In the school memory pages, you will see the first day of school and the last day of school interviews. These are fun for the kids to fill out and help you remember the little things. My kids love reading these from past years.
Step 5: Store the memory book where the kids can look through them.
We keep ours on the living room shelf which is also where I keep our family photo books. My kids love looking through these. It is such a simple way to store special papers for kids.
Help! My child is almost finished with elementary school, can I still start this project?
Yes! I just started this recently and my oldest is in 5th grade. I pulled all of the papers that we have saved so far and divided things into grades. Then, I put the papers into the binder. If you want, you can still fill out the year in review pages for each grade.
When I first set this up, it took less than an hour.
Are you ready to create your own memory book! Grab your supplies and the free printable pages and get started!