Hunter reminded me that he only has 6 weeks left of school. 6 weeks. I’m panicking just a little bit at the thought of 5 kids home all summer long…but that’s another story.
With the end of the school year upon us, my kids are starting to come home with more projects and papers than ever before. It’s always tough deciding what to keep and what to toss. But it makes it a lot easier when your kids don’t care and they’re not fishing papers out of the trash can.
Here’s the system we use to manage all the school paper clutter (or memories…whatever you prefer to call it!)
I have one large filing box and different colored hanging folders for each kid. (I found the boxes at Staples and Amazon has just about every color of folder you could imagine.)
I designed the labels and they can be downloaded at HowDoesShe.com.
I printed the labels out on cardstock paper. The name plate will download blank – you can print it out and write on it or use your fancy photoshop skills and photoshop the name onto the document. Tape the nameplate on the inside of the box for easy recognition.
Next, cut out the tab labels. I used the cardstock label tags that came with my folders and I placed my label on top of it. Arrange the tabs so they’re staggered, making each tab readable.
On the front of each folder, glue or tape the “year in review” label. This is a quick snapshot of your child for that particular school year. You could also attach a school picture next to it if you’re feeling really ambitious.
My keepsake boxes are stacked in a closet. I only access them a couple times a year. I keep a small box without a lid that I throw papers in throughout the school year. Periodically, I’ll sit down and rummage through the box and put the papers in the appropriate boxes and folder. This is a task that your child can easily complete for themselves. I’ve known people to do this once a year at the end of the school year.
Find what works best for you and just stick with it!