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Organizing Your Kids' Paperwork

My kids got out of school Friday. They came home with grades, certificates, pictures, and the leftover contents of their desks. It’s hard to deal with the onslaught of paperwork and mementos.

If you’re like me and you have about 3 punched, cropped, and embellished scrapbooks full of your first baby’s first year and half a “brag book” for baby #four (poor, sweet, unassuming baby #four), let me share a very good idea with you for dealing with kids’ paperwork from organizer, Maria Ricks.

At a certain point, much of what you have to save for your kids comes from school—papers, certificates, programs, etc. Maria Ricks’ solution is to get a thick binder (81/2 x 11) for each of your kids. Put 20 tabs in each binder. Write every age from 1-20 on the tabs. Get a stack of card stock and a bunch of plastic sheet protectors and store some in each of the binders. Then get a plastic zip pencil holder for the front of each binder and put some archival glue sticks, photo corners, and a Sharpie in each one. I keep the binders on a shelf right next to a three-hole punch.

As stuff comes in that you want to save—class pictures, homemade cards, certificates, etc.–you have everything at hand to punch or mount and stick in the binders behind the tabs for each age. It’s clean and organized and easy to browse through later. If you fill up a binder, you can continue in another one by moving the next age tabs into it. I wish I had started this a long time ago, but you can start now. Try it. You’ll like it.

Maria Ricks has a lot of good ideas for organizing your home and family. Try her site for more binder ideas, chore charts, and organization lists.

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