Organize kids’ school papers in a simple system that helps you eliminate clutter while cherishing the memories.
When it comes time to organize kids’ school papers, things can be a little overwhelming. Even with the digital age, we are in, my kids come home with so much paper. There are art projects, test, worksheets, and so on. As much as I love and cherish the hard work, it is not necessary to keep every single thing.
But we want to keep some of it right? So how do we organize school papers? Well, that is what we are tackling today! I have gathered up some of my favorite ideas.
How to Organize Kids’ School Papers
Empty the bookbag/folder every day.
We have started the routine of going through the book bag right after school. If we do not, I find that things get lost or missed so it is helpful to stay on top of it. Once they empty their folder, I am able to quickly go through and determine what needs to be trashed/recycled and what to keep.
Display special pieces of kids’ school papers.
Whenever the kids have something they are really proud of, test or art project, or we just really like it, we hang it on the fridge. It is so very simple and has worked really well. You can also create a little art wall in your child’s room or another space you may have.
Save the extra special pieces.
After the test or art project has been displayed, if it is extra special and holds meaning, we save it. Right now, what we are doing is using a small box for each child. However, I am thinking about trying to use the binder method for paper and keeping the small box for mementos. Update: We have switched to using Memory Books and LOVE it! Learn how to set this up here!
Here are some other great ways to store the special school papers and mementos.
- Use files to organize the memories by year.
- Use a binder to create a memory book.
- Use one permanent file per child.
- Take a picture and then create a memory book using the pictures or use Chatbooks to create the memory book.