During the school year the kids bring home project after project, papers and more papers. Most of the time, I just throw it away (I feel bad admitting that, but there's no way I can keep everything!) but the ones that make me smile or show their progress in school, I hold on to. Up until now, I've been stuffing all these into the bottom drawer of my filing cabinet, with the intention of doing something with them at some point. Well, I ran out of room and the projects were overflowing in to my work space, so it was time for a new system. I ran over to an office supply store and got two plastic filing boxes and hanging folders. (And the filing boxes were buy one, get one 50% off - love when you get a deal on something you NEED!)
Just as I was in the middle of organizing, I was contacted by a woman that owns a organizing company, Clarity Co., and I wish I would have read this article before hand because she has some great tips. I originally thought it would be easier to not involve the kids, but after reading this, I wish I would have. I like the idea of keeping what was special to them. I don't know why I didn't think of that, but I didn't. I just wanted it organized in a timely manner.
It may have taken all summer to get this accomplished, but at least it's done and there's plenty of room for the upcoming years to store all those art projects that come home.
Melissa Ash - mom of 2 energetic boys, wife, and business woman. Just trying to "do it all".