I have had a lot of moms ask me about what to do with school papers lately. It seems like each child comes home with a mound each day, and you are left with a puzzled look on your face wondering what to do with them all! Keep them? Toss them? Store them? Display them?
This is a system I developed in my own home, and it has seemed to help me a bunch when it comes to school paper clutter. Check it out!
It all starts the moment that backpack enters the home. Both of my children hang up their backpacks in their locker and bring them to me at the kitchen counter. I know to wait by the counter because if I don’t, this process will never follow through.
They hand me their papers and we go through them together! This helps me ask questions about homework and notes from the teacher, or if they are younger say, “Oooh! Look at that! Tell me about your picture!” (for those pictures you have no idea what they are)
TIP: I enjoy writing on the backs of their artwork if I do not know what they are, so that when I look back years from now, we know what it was a picture of!
As we go through them I make two piles: keep and throw away.
Once we have sorted them together, I toss the trash pile and go over to my Office to file them away in a temporary file. (or “command center” for those who do not have an office space)
(This works well for bills and mail as well! Sort as soon as they come in the house. Throw away the trash items and take the others to your station to file away or put in a bill organizer!)