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:
This is what I did. Cheap, easy to store, easily expandable, easy to label. Just plain EASY. (and in case you were wondering, EASY is the goal of all of the systems in my life)
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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