One of the most frequent questions I get as a professional organizer is “what do I do with all the papers my kid brings home?”
I totally get it…kids and school and crafts generate so much paper! And if you don’t set up a solid system to deal with it, you will be drowning in paper before the end of pre-K. That is why I have the first steps that I recommend you take when setting up a system to deal with kid’s papers in your home.
CONTAIN & MAINTAIN
There are two critical and essential steps to organizing your kid’s papers: containing them and maintaining the container. No container? You’ll end up with piles and piles all over the place and not rhyme or reason to your collection. No maintenance? You’ll end up with years of papers that you and your kids will wonder why you kept.
- When choosing a container, think about how much space you have to store it. Want to do a box for each year of your child’s schooling? Do you have enough space to keep 13 boxes per child?
- Work to stay within the limits of your chosen container. It’s good for you and your kids to practice staying within limits. That’s where the maintenance step becomes critical.
- Have a container for you child and one for yourself. It is important for kids to learn what is important to them. And if you think something is special that they do not want, put it in your own box.
- If you notice your container is looking full, revisit what you are keeping. Just because it seemed important or special 2 years ago doesn’t mean you feel the same today.
- Schedule regular intervals to go through and re-evalutate the items you are keeping. I suggest quarterly and the end of school year.
I also discuss a portfolio for larger kid’s artwork during the podcast and I wanted to provide a link to one I recommended in our Facebook Group. (Full disclosure, this is an Amazon Affiliate link.) It is made by a company called ALEX and runs about $17. You can find it on Amazon HERE.
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And speaking of the Cocktails and Containers Facebook Group, if you haven’t joined yet you can do so HERE. It is a great place to find other parents who may be struggling with the same family organizing issues you are having. Plus, I have regular LIVE chats so you can directly ask me your organizing questions.
And lest you think I have forgotten the cocktail recipe…
Strawberry Basil Margaritas
Recipe courtesy of The Kitchn
- 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
- 10 strawberries (or 12 if you’re using smaller ones from the farmer’s market or your backyard)
- 8 basil leaves
- 2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver)
Empty the limeade concentrate into a pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cans of water and 1 1/2 (18 ounces, or 2 1/4 cups) cans of tequila (or a bit less, if you don’t want your drinks to be quite as strong).
Hull the strawberries, slice lengthwise, and add to the pitcher. Crumple the basil a little in your hands (this will help the basil flavor release into the drink). Add it to the pitcher. Place the pitcher, covered, in the fridge overnight, or for at least four hours.
When you remove the pitcher from the fridge, your margaritas will be a lovely pale pink color. Now all you have to do is serve them and wait for the compliments to pour in.
If you have questions about your kid’s papers, please be sure to comment below. Take care and happy organizing!
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