If you are like me, it’s difficult to decide which kids’ papers to keep and which to throw away. Not to mention if Jack sees anything in the trash that he brought home, it is MELTDOWN central. One time he actually said through broken sobs,
“You broke my heart.”
Yeah, I know… a punch in the gut…
To avoid school paper clutter on my kitchen counters, each child has their own plastic box to hold their individual papers. These came from Wal-Mart for $3.99. I’m not sure of the exact size, but an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper fits flat in the bottom.
Max didn’t have very many papers to save from 5th grade so I was able to use the same box for 6th grade!
You know I LOVE to use mailing labels for my projects. I used my clipart and print shop software to transform these 2” x 4” shipping labels into the cute labels for the boxes. Each year I choose a stick kid/picture that reminds me of my kiddo at that season in his/her life. I add their name, school year, school grade, and teacher. I even put their report cards, awards, valentines, etc in there so I know exactly where to find everything for that particular school year. When I get around to scrapbooking an album of their school years, I will have it all right there stacked neatly in their closets. :)
After they show me their school work for the day/week, they know to put it away in their box! It really is a win/win solution to the school paper clutter. :) My daughter enjoys going back through her old boxes and reminiscing. It’s cute when she says, “Look at this. I was so little when I did it.”