Every day I empty their backpacks and I’m blown away by how much paper comes out! It’s like a paper tornado. Organizing kids papers and fallout is overwhelming. With the new year my goal has been to cut the clutter and get things in order. Thus, I’ve instituted a little “regime” around my house to deal with all of the paper particulates floating around.
- I immediately sort to the recycle bin
- Flag stuff I want to save into a folder system that sits on my counter
- Once or twice a year empty the sorting folders into the master storage folders (may I suggest winter break and when school gets out)
It can be tough to streamline because at the same time I’m such an emotional hoarder. I love their little doodles. I look back on their progress and their styles and I can pick out my 8yo’s “army period” and his “Harry Potter period” much like Van Gogh’s “blue period”. I can’t throw that stuff away. But I don’t want it cluttering up my house either.
Here are some ideas to organize your precious paper:
P.S. These aren’t your average ordinary folders. They are the kinds with accordion like sides – kind of like big expandable envelopes. Don’t be fooled by my one dimensional image.
Binders are great and can also (with a little effort) look wonderful on the shelf.
I DIG these (but don’t own them)
The All in One
I like the large size, I like the customizable photo. Dig the labels on the sides. It’s pricier, but in the long haul I’m a fan.
Very cute. I was looking for legal size folders that had funkier designs but couldn’t find much. These are exactly what I was looking for in Office Max.
For the time being the paper beast has been tamed at my house. My folders are tucked away neatly in the closet and sometimes I just stare at them with satisfaction. However, give me a couple more months of paper build up and we’ll see if I’ve maintained my regime of total paper organization.
How do you manage the paper chaos at your house?
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