Welcome to my House to Home Thursday post! Every Thursday I hope to put out a post that has helped make our house a home.
This week I’m talking about school paper clutter control. If you have kids that are in school you have school paper clutter. It’s a given….we just have to find a way to make it work. And who doesn’t like seeing the progress of our littles…looking back and remembering……I just want to be able to do it in an organized matter!
What do you guys do with all those school papers and art projects? Are you the type of person to save every single thing your child brings home? Or do you just save the art projects? Do you throw them into a large box, file them or digitally save them? I’ve gone through different systems and each one lasts about half a year. The only one that lasted longer was the toss into the box and forget about it….until I needed to find something and had no clue where it was!
Last year I searched Pinterest and found some great ideas–so many ideas out there. The catch is to find one that works for you and one you can stick with. One that isn’t too hard to maintain. The one I kept seeing and going back to was the file box and folders. It all seemed pretty easy to create and keep up.
The first one I found was by Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons. She is the super queen of organizing and making it all look pretty! Seriously, go and check her out!
I loved the box idea for each child and I also like that each file could only hold so much –every year right there-labeled and easy to find.
So I took this idea and changed it up to fit my need. I knew I just wanted it for school years and pictures for each year.
More searching led me to Danyelle at Dandee-Designs. She had exactly what I was looking for and she has downloadable labels for you to use! Bonus!! Go and check her out and download some labels. They are perfect for this project.
Here is what you will need to create you own school paper control boxes 😉 Below are links (affiliate) to start your project or each of these can be purchased at your local Target, Wal-mart, or big box store if you can’t wait for shipping and want to start right away!
- Sterilite File Box or something similar
- Hanging Folders
- Avery White Full Sheet Labels
- Photos Corners
- Manila Folders
It took me awhile to filter through years of paperwork x3 but I did it and was left with a smaller, more condensed pile for each child. I think the hardest part was remembering what year everything was. I also became very picky because I could only fit so much in each folder if I wanted to have all 13+ years in each box. Each box for me contains folders for preschool and school years and a manila folder for school and classroom pics from that year.
Below are pictures of my finished product.
Thank goodness once they get past the 4th grade the larger projects diminish some, otherwise I wouldn’t have any space left for the remaining years!
Here is my final product-please ignore the dust..didn’t see that before I took the picture…keeping it real here 🙂
So….. I ran into a dilemma when I realized I really didn’t want to house all three boxes on my main floor. I just didn’t have the room. And I also was very lazy at putting in papers the day I took them out of their backpacks. I needed a place that would allow me to hold onto those papers until I was ready to make the dash downstairs to put them away in the right folders. I found at Target, this 3 drawer system that works great for my 3 boys.
It is large enough for your basic size sheets of paper and odds and ends. You can find similar ones at Target, Walmart or Amazon (affiliate). Each boy has a drawer and as I cleaned out the backpacks I would toss what I wanted to keep in their drawer and then the rest hit the trash.
I fit the whole year in that one little drawer! Granted it was more of a struggle for my first grader since his projects were bigger and he brought home triple of what my 3rd grader did and 10x more than my 7th grader, but I did it. Those papers that were too big to put into the drawer slid in beside the wall and drawer system and did fine there until school ended.
Now, for those art projects that are 3D that the boys just cannot throw away I do have a large Rubbermaid tub for each boy so they can put the projects into. I have found going through that one each year is a good idea because my 7th graders is slowly getting rid of some of those items, as long as I take pictures. I look at these project boxes as a temporary home and by 12th grade hope to have them empty 😉
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