Friday, August 08, 2008

Back to School Tip #5: Organizing School Papers and Artwork

Here is an article I wrote previously and now back just in time as you are thinking about how to deal with all those paper the kids will start bringing home again!

Isn’t it great how kids are so creative and always using their imaginations? From the first moment little ones pick up a pencil and scribble on a piece of paper, most parents start collecting and saving all those wonderful masterpieces. Understandably, many parents want to treasure and capture the journey.

But, good intentions can quickly create a great area of stress for many moms and dads. If we kept every piece of artwork and writings our children produced, our homes would quickly become storage spaces. The key is to be selective in what we save and organize it so it can be enjoyed and treasured.

Having a system with limits in place will help you and your child make decisions as the numerous papers and artwork enter your home. Already have years of school papers and artwork stuffed in large totes? Don’t worry! Start from this point forward and then go back later to thin out and organize past memorabilia. Remember, no one system will fit everyone’s needs or preferences. But there are great ideas to get you on your way to help you gain control.

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