Do you know what I hate more than anything? Paper clutter. Seriously, I hate it! I cannot handle paper clutter. It drives me so insane and yet I am completely overwhelmed with it around my house. In my daughters bedroom, in my kitchen, on my husbands desk, in the dining room of all places… I am drowning in paper clutter. Surprisingly enough it’s not mail though. I implemented a strategy about 5 years ago to check the mail and go straight to the shredder or trashcan and dispose of it. At that point in my life I was drowning in mail clutter because my daughter was little and didn’t bring home a thousand papers from school everyday. Now it’s the opposite and it’s time to declutter!
If there is something I love it’s purging. I purge all the time and I rotate what gets thrown out or donated. Last week it was my daughters schoolwork.
Does anyone else’s child come home with no less than 5 papers everyday? That’s 25 papers minimum per week! It all varies between advertisements, fundraiser crap, and schoolwork. Since she’s in kindergarten most of her schoolwork is tracing and such. I don’t really need to keep that, right? Right.
When the school year started a couple months back I didn’t have a plan in place. For the prior years at preschool I just threw her papers in a box in the top of her closet. You can imagine after 3 years at the same school she had accumulated a lot of nonsense. I’m not saying it’s all nonsense so don’t freak out! So naturally I couldn’t add her kindergarten stuff to her preschool stuff. So it was time. It was time to rip the bandaid off and get rid of the clutter! I grabbed a trash bag and started sorting. I threw away anything that had glitter, ugly dried up glue or anything that was created by her teachers and filled in by her. Basically I only kept a few of her original pieces and threw the rest out. We filled an entire trash bag and it wasn’t the first time this year we have cleaned out her paper clutter.
Then came the next step. I had to find a way to get control of the paper clutter. So naturally I asked online and my friends came through nicely. The best idea I received that made sense for me was a binder. How genius!
So my daughter and I sat down and sorted through the 200 papers. I’m not kidding she probably had around 200. 25 per week times about 8 weeks… you get the picture.
I had a hole punch and a binder on hand so we chose her favorites and put them in the binder. Simple! Now she can flip through it at anytime and when she’s done she can store it away nicely on her bookshelf. I’m also going to get some sheet protector and place her school pictures in it.
Here are a couple other ideas from some other moms on how they have organized their kids schoolwork:
Both of these options are fairly inexpensive but wonderful! I really like the idea of creating an album or binder that your kids can pull out anytime to look back at their work.
How do you store your kids work away? Don’t let it completely take over your home! These methods are very easy and quick to put into place plus they are affordable.