No matter how ruthless I am, there are always some papers that need to be kept. Important notices, or things I want to keep as memorabilia. What to do with it? Last year I started a standing file system. Each child had a section, and each section had several file folders (homework, to keep, classroom info, etc).
It sits on the counter next to the fridge, hidden from view unless you're right in the main kitchen . It worked fairly well for me, although as you can see I started to get sloppy and just shoved things in the file box, but not necessarily in the correct folder. I'll clean it out and start fresh again this year. A really organized person would have done that at the end of the school year, but I'm not that person. In fact, I still have stuff from two years ago that I need to sort through. Most of this is the stuff I don't want to get rid of.
So here's my plan. I saw this in a Family Fun magazine 2 or 3 years ago. I bought the boxes, but never did anything with them until now. One box per child per school year, labeled with the pertinent information, and holding school papers, photos, small artwork, anything worth saving that will fit.
Now that I've started on it, I realize that these particular boxes are a little too small for my liking. They just snugly fit an 8.5x11. These were Duck brand mailing boxes; a package of 3 costs about $5 at Walmart. I'm going to look for a bit larger size, or go with something like this:
I saw these in The Lakeside Collection catalog: five 12x9 document boxes for $4.99. That's a pretty good deal! I also saw similar document boxes at Walmart in the office supplies section, but they were sturdy cardboard (good!), and $6 each (not as good). So, I've got choices.
No matter what I choose, they will store away easily in a larger box. I'm picturing a bankers box or two for each child, filled with these capsules of his or her school years, easy to pull out and look through occasionally, and one day to send with them when they move out for good (sniff!).
Oh to be so organized in all facets of life! If I can pull this off, there's no telling what I can do!
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