In the scheme of work, schedules, sports, and everything in between, saving kid's special papers and artwork isn't top priority. Create a simple memory box to save those papers in one place.
Taking a little time to prepare for the influx of papers can be helpful and definitely ease you and your kids into the start of the new school year. I put together a little memory box for special school papers, report cards, notes, and small artwork.
Here's what you need to get started:
- File storage box(es) - you can start all your kids in one box or just get them each their own storage box from the start
- Hanging file folders
- Labels for the file folders
- Optional: you can use a label for the front of each folder to document special memories from each school year. I have 3 free cute printable versions here.
If you have piles and piles of paper, start by sorting and just saving the best or most memorable papers for each child. I keep about 15-20 papers from each school year, focusing on their favorites and special projects. Then make a folder for each grade or year. I started with a preschool folder and then created a folder for each grade after that. Work on the project with your child or children and they'll take more interest in the sorting and storing of important papers once the project is completed.
The best time to start a memory box is when your oldest child is going into preschool or kindergarten, but you can start a memory box any time. Another great feature is that a memory or keepsake box like this will force you to keep the paperwork that you save at a minimum. Think about how much more space and room this can create in lieu of the piles of papers you have waiting for a home!
How about you? How do you store your children's paperwork?
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