If you're a parent, you know how much paperwork your kids bring home everyday from school! From worksheets to artwork to projects…it's amazing to see all they are learning and creating but it also gets harder and harder to figure out where and how to store it. So, today, we have a few tips for how we keep it at bay…
1. Cut strips of contact paper. We cut it in varying widths with wavy and uneven edges to make it more playful.
2. Peel off the back of contact paper and stick to the front of the file organizer in stripes with varied spacing until you've cover the entire side.
Now, here's where the sorting part comes into play….
You can sort artwork into these bins in a few ways:
- Assign a box per child. As soon as artwork comes home and you've admired it, you can then place it into the box assigned per child. If you have the time to really take a look and decide if you want to keep it, then do that in this stage. But if you're dealing with piles of papers that you need tucked away as soon as possible, you can store them here and then come back to these boxes at a later time. We made these boxes decorative so that you could keep them out in your office or kid's room and it all feels contained.
- Re-Sort and clean out. Every month, a couple times a year, or once a year (depending on when your box fills up), go through the entire pile and only keep what you really need to. If there's a piece of art you want to save because it's so special and landmarks that year of your child's life, then save it. But if it's a line of crayon on a page that you're not attached to, time to recycle it. Once you've sorted through, take photos of pieces in which the photos will suffice, and only physically keep the ones that you need to.
- Assign a box per grade/age. Once you've done your detailed sort, you can then use one of these boxes to keep them in permanent storage per grade or by their age. These boxes would then get placed in the office, garage, or some safe place out of the way.
Sources shown: Target wall paper, Alja Horvat blue girl painting, Leo Kids weaving, Tuesday Mourningface print, Framebridge frame, Marley & Alfie horse shoe, Helo Birdie ocean painting,Idlewild Co. Cali print, Isabelle Feliu jungle print, Kendall Kirk green girl painting, Team Woodnote blue circle print, Alja Horvat pink girl print, Urban Outfitters rug, Targetconsole, Anthropologie mini globe, Bloom 2 Bloom pink succulent, Ikea wooden stool,Target velvet ottoman, Target faux fur, Target purse, West Elm desk, Sunbeam Vintage chair, Ban.do pink wooden container, Anthropologie girl figurine.