We’ve been working through a series on letting go of paper clutter and this week’s topic is school papers. They’re sentimental, sweet, and if you let them, they’ll take over your house. My kids bring home piles of papers every.single.day. I love going through them with them and talking about their days, what they learned, and what the paper is all about. But….we don’t keep them. I use two ‘systems’ for school papers and the system has been working really well for us, so I thought I’d share.
I keep papers that need to be returned to school, calendars, permission slips, etc. on their own clipboards in our office.
Then, the super cute, super special papers go in a file box for the school years. The kids help me decide what is special enough to keep and what can be recycled. I have these 3 free printables if you’d like to make them for your family’s school memory box post, follow the link below the picture.
Here’s my/our criteria – precious artwork (I am an art teacher, so the drawings and paintings tend to rank a little higher), a stellar test, adorable story, or something really special that can’t be made again.
Here are a couple more great ideas for school paper storage….
This is my all-time favorite idea for art work – scan the images, shrink them down, and put all special artwork from a school year on one picture. Have professional prints made and put in a frame and under glass.
(I cannot find the original source, so if you know of it, let me know!)