How many times have you cleaned off the table and found piles of your kids papers? From schoolwork to artistic creations, these papers can clutter up your home quickly. Take back your home and find out how to organize kids papers.
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My kids love sharing their creations and worksheets from school with me. My kindergartner especially wants to share every single sheet, drawing, and Scholastic reader with me. I love that she is so excited about it, but she also fights me on getting rid of the papers.
Like most moms, I occasionally wait until she isn’t around and toss them anyway. The problem with that is she isn’t learning to discern what is important to keep and what is not. Right now it all seems important to her and she needs my guidance.
Now, you can guide your child and keep the clutter down with these tips for how to organize kids papers. There may still be the occasional behind-the-pack pitch, but most of the time you will teach your kids to start discerning for themselves.
Organize School Papers
Kids love sharing everything they learn during the day. Of course, do you really need 10 sheets of your child tracing letters or a year’s worth of spelling tests? My favorite way to wrangle these papers is with these DIY School Year Journals.
Place a folder in the back of the journal for kids to store the papers they want to keep. If your child tries to keep everything, eventually the folder gets too full. When that happens, teach her to go through what she has and decide what is truly important to her.
Organize Kids Artwork
Kids collect a plethora of artwork. In one crafty session at home we end up with 20+ new masterpieces. To cut down on the clutter, kiddos can pick their favorite creations to be displayed in one of these art frames.
These frames are the absolute best because they open up and have storage inside for additional artwork. When we replace the displayed artwork with a new one, the old one goes into the storage pocket. When the kids are older, they each get to take their frame with them and will have all of their favorite artwork from their childhood.
If you don’t want to buy frames, you can DIY this kids artwork display. Hang it on the wall in the kids room and let them display their creations. You can also add the rule that when they want to add a new piece of art, they have to choose an old one to get rid of.
Organize Kids Personal Documents
When it comes to organizing kids personal documents, they should be kept with the rest of the family’s important documents. There are quite a few options for organizing these documents such as a file cabinet, family binder, and digitally. Read this post about how to organize personal information now for ideas on how to organize those important papers.
Go Digital to Organize Kids Papers
If you’re ready to deep dive into decluttering your papers, go digital to organize kids papers. This is super easy. Get a large flash drive for each child. As they bring home papers that they want to keep, scan them into your computer and add the digital file to the flash drive.
Keep it even more organized and itemize files into folders labeled by year. Again, when your kids grow up and move out, the flash drive goes with them. It’s a beautiful memento for them to treasure in adulthood.
Keep your kitchen table and counters clear with these tips for how to organize kids papers. Guide your kids to learn how to discern between the important papers and the ones they won’t miss. You still might have to sneak a few out but it will be so much better.
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