3 Simple & Affordable Ways To Organise School Papers
Not sure what to do with the masses of school work, art projects, certificates etc that your kids have produced during the year?
Well after deciding what to keep…
Check out these 3 simple ways you could use to store and organise it all!
Posted by Organised Pretty Home on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The end of the school year mayhem has just been and gone here in Australia. I did feel slight panic and anxiety at the thought that my kids were now on their long summer break. 7 weeks at home with me everyday!! The end of school year also meant there was A LOT of completed workbooks, art and craft projects and other school work that came home. I love that I am not the only Mum who gives most of it to the recycle bin. But no matter what pieces of work you chose to keep as school days memorabilia, it still needs to be organised and stored. Here are 3 simple ways to organise school papers.
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***ORGANIZATIONAL TIP*** Prevent overwhelm and clutter, by not keeping everything that comes home from school. Recycle most of it!
1. Magazine Holders
Image Credit Martha Stewart
This is what I currently use to organise school papers for my 3 kids. I did start off creating memory or keepsake boxes for each of my kids using 27L storage containers. They were able to fit quite a bit of work in them. The quite a bit, was the issue though! Moving towards the end of this year I realised how much school and art work had been kept. At that rate, my kids who are in the beginning years of school would eventually be leaving home with a huge collection of memorabilia. It felt like it was becoming clutter!
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So now I have ditched the bigger storage boxes in favour of 3 magazine holders (I got mine at Ikea), one for each child. At the moment everything to be kept goes in there, reports, class photos, certificates, work etc. Later I may chose to sort the contents by year or type, as in the above image. For now though, it is lovely to have less school paper clutter and not have to think about where to store 3 big boxes.
2. A Binder Or Art Portfolio
Image Credit : Your Modern Family
The great thing about a binder or art portfolio to organise school papers is that it is easy to view the contents. Useful when grandparents or other family come to visit and the kids want to show them their work.
- The size of the artwork and other projects you want it to hold. Go for a larger size binder or portfolio if you can.
- Whether you will use one binder for multiple school years.
- The kind of dividers you want to use.
- A printable cover for the binder so it is clear what child and school years the contents cover.
3. Filing System
Image Credit A Bowl Full Of Lemons
This is a really practical and easy option for a school keepsake or memory box. Set up a simple filing system with a plastic box and file dividers. Label each divider with the school year and items are simply stored in that section.