Organize and Save School Papers

Here we are again at the beginning of another school year and swept into the whirlwind of stress that brings. One of the things I can’t get over is how much “stuff” the kids bring home from school each week. Ok, it’s great to see their work, art, graded homework, etc. But add that to printed school announcements, reminders, event flyers, after school program info, and on and on and on let’s face it, I’ll be buried in papers in no time flat…. So how on earth do we stay on top of this!? Keep reading 🙂

My kids (1st & 3rd graders) bring home a “Friday Folder” full of stuff and the teachers want the folder back empty on Monday. I try my darndest to get that out of their backpacks on Friday afternoon, but I’ll admit it’s usually Monday morning when we’re emptying that thing out in a hurry. And that’s because one of my kids is freaking out because they won’t get their Spirit Star or Golden ticket or whatever their collecting to earn their way to the class Treasure Box!!  So where do those papers go when you can’t sort through them right that second? Into a sorting basket of course! I have a rectangular basket it goes into where it waits patiently to be sorted.


I can’t stand stuff piled up on my counters or tables so this basket works for me. Then one evening, I’ll sit down and go through it. You don’t want to wait too long or the next thing you know you’ll find the reminder for picture day that was the day before, Yikes! I separate the papers out by child and only keep what I feel is worthy of memory keeping. This stuff goes into a 12”x12” plastic container with my child’s name on it.


Ok so what’s next is up to you. How should you plan to do your memory keeping?

Here are several suggestions:

  • Photo album with actual school work pieces put in it.  This is the quickest solution, especially if you are using sleeved photo album pages.
  • Take photos of work and put those photos in the album and discard that actual school work pieces.

This takes more time and effort, but if you have the Becky Higgins Project Life app that I blogged about previously  (, you can easily make photo collage pages featuring the school work:


  • Put all the work for the year together and bind it.


For all of you crafters out there, pull out your Bind It All or Cinch machines and get busy. For those of you who don’t have the binding tools, don’t want to get them, or aren’t interested in doing this yourself, No worries! That’s what places like Staples, Office Max, or Kinko’s is for. Take your collection of ORGANIZED papers and they’ll bind it for you.

If you are going to make a point to save this stuff, then it’s important to make it so that these memories can easily be enjoyed at a later date. If it’s all stuffed in a box somewhere, it will be there when your kids move out and you’ll be trying to hand it off to them. Not good. They won’t want a box of piled up papers from grade school and you’ll be wondering why you bothered saving it in the first place.

Find what works for you and you’ll be in good shape all year!




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