I have struggled for years(!) with how to organize, file, keep, and toss the kids’ school papers. They end up all over the house, on my desk, and then in boxes that I have actually moved I am embarrassed to say how many times.
When school started I did this little panic because I still had last year’s stuff on my desk!!! I had to get it cleared up fast since the next round was coming in.
The idea is that the kids will empty their school notebooks and gather all the beautiful artwork they create in these stackers on my desk:
I go through the papers regularly, usually once a week, but pull out the things that need to go back to school daily. There is a self-inking date stamper sitting next to it so I don’t end up with more artwork that I have no idea which kid created it or when. I have my own criteria for what I keep, it’s something loosely like this – it has to reflect their personality or something notable about them at the time. I rarely keep worksheets or spelling tests. I’m not sure I’ve ever kept a spelling test, actually.
These notebooks hold the keepers:
I put them together quickly, if you can’t tell I’m more of a functionality, get it done and move on to the next project kind of person. But I did put scrapbook papers in the front, back, and the spine with their names on them. Inside are page protectors to hold the artwork:
Their work can be slipped in quickly. There are a lot of extra empty page protectors in the back so they can be inserted as soon as they are determined to be long-term keepers.
The notebooks are kept on a bookshelf where the kids can look through it anytime they want. They really like having it accessible.
How do you manage the never-ending papers?