If you have school-age kiddos, you know that there are lots of papers being sent home from school each week. Where can you store them all, and how do you decide what to keep? Here are a few ideas for taming your children’s paper clutter:
- Give each child a basket or paper tray where they can put all the papers that they bring home from school. That way they have a designated place to store these items.
- Use a basket or tray where the children can put all school papers that require your attention: permission slips, graded homework, report cards, tests, notices, etc.
- Set up a system for returning paperwork to your children. One idea would be to set up a folder for each child that they can check each morning for paperwork that needs to be returned to school. Or take a few moments to hand out paperwork to them at the breakfast table.
- Use large magnetic refrigerator clips to organize upcoming event flyers in date order, collect take out menus, or post schedules for team practices and games, etc.
- Cardboard drawers/file boxes are a simple, inexpensive solution for storing school papers, artwork, and mementos. Give each child a drawer/box, and let them decorate it themselves.
- School-age children can benefit from having their own filing system. Maybe give them their own desk drawer, complete with hanging files, then teach them to set up their own filing system for school papers. Teach them how to file and purge papers at the end of the year to make room for next year’s papers.