Your child accomplishes so much in a school year. From projects to artwork, your child brings home lots of keepsakes that you may struggle to keep organized. We’re only a few weeks into the school year, and chances are you already have your child’s work piling up. Creating an archive for your student’s previous and current work is a great way to keep your clutter in check while treasuring your child’s accomplishments. Here’s how to do it.
Create a Centralized System
Nothing invites chaos and clutter more than lack of a paper organization system. Especially if you have multiple students in the home, planning is essential. Visit your local office supply store and purchase an organizing box for each child that will accommodate hanging folders. Buy color-coordinated folders for each child in the household, with a separate folder for each grade level. From here, it should be simple to divide work by child and the age they were when they completed the project – it’s that simple! This also makes it easier to look through keepsakes and enjoy all your child has accomplished in the past – as well as how much he or she has grown.
Get as Detailed as You Want
From here, the options for customization are endless. Some people like dividing each school year’s folder into subfolders. For example, you could create separate sections for report cards, artwork, projects, and awards. This makes it easier to find things in the future quickly, should you have a need. Some parents also like having access to a separate folder for important school documents like IEPs, 504s, evaluation records, and sport physical or concussion forms. Once you have a central system in place, it’s easy to customize each folder to fit your student’s unique needs.
Keep on Top of the Process
Creating your child’s archive is a continuous process. Observe some simple steps for continued organizational success:
- Purchase some magnetic clips for your refrigerator to store works that your child is particularly proud of. This helps bolster their self-confidence and stresses the importance of a job well done.
- Go through backpacks at the end of each school day. This helps prevent paper pileup, which could quickly leave you back at your starting point.
- Recognize that you can’t save every piece of your child’s school work. When it comes time to recycle less-necessary work, try to do it when your child’s not around so that they don’t get upset that you are throwing away some of their projects. This will help reduce the amount of paper that eventually ends up in your archive.
An organizational system for your students’ work can help control your clutter while creating a place to store treasured memories. Apply these tips to create a special archive for your child’s greatest accomplishments throughout the school year.