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Do you dread the mounds of school papers piling up on your kitchen counters, but struggle to part with them? Keep reading for a great idea on what to do with school papers…
Ask yourself this question first ~
If my child were 30 and married, would they want to have this in their possession? If your answer is no, throw it away! While I know it’s hard to trash any of your child’s masterpieces they will thank you later!
You’ve decided to keep it, now what? ~
So you’ve identified a piece of school work that you should keep. My keepers are usually writing pieces where my child has written about how a family experience has made them feel, or how they enjoy doing an activity with a relative. I agree, these are gems. Create a decorative bin system in your home to store these temporarily so that you can keep each school year together. My unit is a book shelf with baskets that have a small chalkboard label so that I can write their names on their basket. I even added decorative hooks to the sides of my piece of furniture where their book bags hang.
Sometimes they bring home such a special paper that I just want to be extra sure to preserve. I use a small laminator to make sure I can cherish it forever!
At the end of the school year it is time to move your mementos to permanent storage. Each child should have a file storage box with dividers for each grade in school. If you want to dwindle your keepers down even further you could take your top 10 picks and keep only those. This is probably a good idea as over the 12 years you want to fill a single storage box, not several.
Someday, when they are all grown and have a place of their own you can give them the gift of one small filing system container to keep. They and their spouse will thank you!
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