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During the last few weeks of school, my boys came home with endless school papers. It seemed like every single afternoon there was another stack sprinkling over our kitchen table. I started to stack them up near my command center, knowing I would go through them once school was officially over. Once the school year was over, I went through all of the papers. It feels so refreshing to have them sorted and taken care of!
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Tips for Organizing School Papers
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Decide on what system works best for you.
There are so many ideas for organizing school papers. I have seen moms take pictures of the artwork and then print a book using Chatbooks for every year. There is the file system where you have a large bin holding file folders, one for each year. Another idea is to put all of the work in a binder with page protectors.
For our family, I have decided to use smaller rectangular boxes. Each child has one box. Instead the box, I place any certificates or pieces of work we want to keep. This system works for us.
You do not have to keep everything.
The first time I threw away a school paper, I felt like a horrible mom. I am here today to tell you that you are not a bad mom if you do not keep everything. It is good to let things go. My goal has been to keep a few favorites from every year. The rest gets recycled.
Involve your kids.
At the end of every year my kids and I go trough their work. We talk about our favorites and reflect over the year. It is a fun way to remember the past year. Plus this helps us see if there are any pieces in the box that do not hold as much emotional value.
Have a place for the papers in transition.
This past year was my second year of having two kids in school. I knew I needed to have a better system in place for all of the papers that came my way.
As a way to overcome this, we added two clipboards to the command center. Each son had a clipboard. I put any important papers on this clipboard. It was an amazing way to keep track of all of the things!
That’s all! It is such a simple process! If you are like me, you may need a little checklist to help you along the way. Just sign up below to access your own checklist! Plus, you will receive a new checklist every month for each month’s decluttering challenge!
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