Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Organize School Papers and Artwork in 4 Easy Steps

School papers and artwork - is an area many moms struggle with -there's so much of it. So I'm sharing some simple tips that work for me. For more Works-For-Me Wednesday Ideas, visit Rocks in My Dryer.

Collect it. Have a basket or spot for each child to put the finish school papers, permission slips, communications from school that you need to look at. Be sure to put it in a spot that they can reach. Make this part of their coming home routine.

Limit it. If you kept everything, you home would quickly become a storage site. Perhaps you could save your favorites from each year.
Share it. Be sure to spend time letting your child tell you about their work. That's why they bring it home to you!
Store it. However you decide to store the memorabilia, take time to label the containers with the child's name, the contents, and the age or school year of the child. That way when you do want to pull something out, you can locate the items without having to search and dig through one big container.
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4 comments:

Kate said...

Yes, school papers are now an issue at our house, now that the little guy is in preschool. I am not a pack rat by any means, but with his stuff I have a hard time throwing anything away, so right now I just have a big box in the basement with pretty much everything he has brought home from school or that we've done together. Obviously that's not going to work through high school, so I'm going to have to figure out which papers are going to go and which are staying.

Paula Constable said...

Kate,
I hear ya! It’s a tough area for anyone to stay on top of. I find that, for me, it works to do in it little chunks. I go back and see what I want to save for the year or the semester.

Paula Constable said...

Arlice,
Good question! If you are limited on space, you have to be very picky about what you keep. You might have to rotate the clothes by season, keeping only what is being used in your primary space. You also might look at other options of storage such as using baskets and shelves.

Retro Heather said...

Oh, I can't wait until my kiddos are old enough to start bringing home art! Thanks so much for the tips. You're right - we'll remember it by age & will need to store it that way.

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