August is here, so that means school is only a few weeks away. And that also means, those school papers are going to start rolling in… The construction paper with glued on noodles in shapes that sometimes you can’t figure out. The endless colored pages. The enormous stacks of projects they start bringing home. I know, you LOVE them all. I used to be so afraid that one of the kiddos would see me throw one of their papers away, and think I did not like it. But 3 children and 2 grandchildren later, I have realized you cannot keep them all. I know deep down in your heart you want to, but you just can’t. I have found a great way to organize these papers so that you can keep more, and actually be able to visit them when you want. And, the Keepsake boxes will make GREAT graduation gifts.
Let’s start this project with a short supply list. They won’t take much to get started, and you will be amazed at how easy these will be to keep up with. They are the perfect size, they’re large enough to hold a lot of kid stuff and they stack well. Organizing a keepsake box is a simple way to keep what you want and have it neatly organized.
Supplies you will need:
Plastic File Box . Simple enough.
Hanging file folders. Easily found at your local Wal-Mart or your local office supply store.
Now that you have the supplies you need, you just have to assemble them. I have seen many different versions of this idea, some have used stickers to decorate, or permanent markers, colored paper on the inside. I like to use my file folders for the color, and just use stickers to put their name on the front.
Then you need to label the hanging file folders that you will be putting in the box to hold all the keepsakes. I would start out with some specific folders, like say piano, or karate, or baseball… Then you can label them from Pre-K to 12th grade. As the years go by you will add to your files, some years you may need more than one or two, and other years you may barely fill up one.
With the file boxes easily stackable , they can be slipped in a closet where they are not under foot all the time. Leave them on the fridge for a week or two, and then decide if you will be adding it to the box or not…
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Do you have another way to store the kiddos papers you would like to share??