Easy School Work Organization

School work organization

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… 

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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!

 School Work Organization Jack

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. :)

School work organization example

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 reminiscingIt’s cute when she says, “Look at this.  I was so little when I did it.” 


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I love this idea! I only keep artwork and report cards and the occasional program from school performances. I just can't part with it. My mom actually has EVERY single piece of art I made and brought home throughout the years, as well as a few other things. The box is HUGE. Putting things in a flat, clear plastic bin makes more sense. I'll have to try it.

I need to do this! My son comes home from MDO with all kinds of papers and I'll start homeschooling next year so I can only imagine the amounts of paper that will soon grace my presence! Thanks for linking up at Craft and Tell!

This is a super idea! I can't wait to try this. you can't beat the price on those bins either. I am a new follower and would like to invite you to share this at The Real Life Tips Blog Link up that I am co-hosting. http://www.messforless.net/2011/09/real-life-tips-blog-link-up.html

This is a great idea!! I bought some bins for my kiddo's but realize now that they are too small and will not hold much. Now with 3, I'll need to go bigger and do like you have and get more organized!! Agh, the list of things to do gets bigger!!

Just found your blog and I love it!
This is such a great idea! I was just talking to my friend the other day. Kindergarten papers are already kicking my butt and they are coming from every direction!

Thanks for this great suggestion. I will be investing in 2 of these as soon as I leave the house!

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