Here are the best ways to organize school keepsakes for less. How to organize keepsakes so they don’t get ruined when stored for years and how to sift thru all the paperwork that comes home and how to save large school projects so their memories can be preserved and organized for the future.
Have a TON of school papers & don’t know what to do with them……I’m all about finding the best ways to organize kids school work! It’s about that time of year to get things in order & decide what you really want to keep. If you are starting this at the beginning of the school year hooray for you, if you’re years behind don’t fret. You can totally catch up and make things easier for you in the years to come. Follow my tips below on the best ways to organize school keepsakes for less so when they come in you are ready with all the items you will need and they’ll be preserved for the future! (affiliate links are present throughout post) (originally published 12/15)
Let’s start by saying it isn’t easy to sift thru all the papers coming home year after year and know what to keep if you don’t have some way of organizing it all. The BEST purchase I ever made was this little School Years book you see here above for each one of my girls. It has ONE pocket at the top of each page for the VERY important papers to keep each year. Report cards, school pictures, a great grade from a test they took, maybe an award they received fit in there. Then there’s a spot where they can write things like who their best friend is, what they want to be when they grow up, how tall they are, the name of their teacher…..the nitty gritty things they will look back on and smile.
Honestly, this is all I do and I didn’t start until I found this when my oldest was in 2nd grade already. I backtracked and filled out her Kindergarten and First grade year when I got it and it was so easy for me to organize her schoolwork with this that I bought 2 more for her 2 sisters.
Here are a few other ways friends have done things to keep keepsakes organized and preserved that I liked….and how my daughter’s teacher sent home her memory book that I would do if I wasn’t working full time and had more time to devote to memory keeping.
These are the best ways to organize kids school work
- Grab a binder and sheet protectors inexpensively & slide work from each mo. or holiday into the sheet protector making 1 binder per grade, per child. If you want to keep each page pristine and lasting as long as possible, you can get a laminator and laminate each page or use self adhesive laminating pages without the machine, then punch 3 holes in it to put inside the binders. For the papers and projects that won’t quite fit just use a hole punch & add those in as pages. Great / inexpensive way to look back & organize memories if you’re not into scrapbooking! Use a sharpie & write what you wish in the corner of each sheet protector too so you don’t forget the date / etc….
- If you’re in the younger grades you’ll surely have a few wonderfully Large art projects that you just can’t bear to part with, yet don’t know how to keep them from being ruined! Here’s your thrifty answer….pizza boxes! Next time you order a pizza or two, just ask nicely for a few empty boxes, if you explain it is to keep your Kindergarteners artwork neat they will surely part with a few. 🙂 Get one for each child, mark their name on the top & it is a great way to keep them from being smashed…..Genius!
- If you like the idea of the memory book but know you will want to save more papers than what will fit in each grade (maybe 8 pieces) then I would recommend a box that has a file folder inside like this one. Get one per child with hanging folders with one for each grade and so their schoolwork is organized inside. Use a paint pen to put their name on the outside and add to each file throughout the year. I do this for pictures and have one of these boxes for all the girls with a file folder inside for each one. I put their extra school pictures and pictures of them and Santa/their friends at soccer etc…. in the folder so they can make their own album when they get older if they want.
- This school memory book I was talking about. It is not expensive and the best investment I have made in preserving memories to date and I always HIGHLY recommend it to others. I have even bought it as a baby shower gift for friends (when they were still having kids) because it isn’t something someone would know existed but has made such a difference in making me feel like I can preserve memories from year to year and not totally overwhelm myself.
Once you organize your paperwork you may want to keep going and I’ve found that checklists help me quite a bit. I created a home organization checklist last year in January and it was so successful I went on and created one for each money, then organizing it all into a monthly cleaning schedule ebook! I have ways to organize your house too.
Another fun addition to end the year is one year I would recommend ordering the All About Me book from Dr. Seuss! It is a book full of cute questions like their favorite animal, what was the best part of their summer, and other unique questions. My middle daughter got this as a gift, filled it out when she was in 1st grade and it is so great to read over it now..puts a smile on our faces.
Last but not least…..there is a new APP out now called Keepy. It allows you to take pictures of your child’s work and create a virtual book of sorts so you can keep all their things but not have a mountain of things to store away. You can make one for each child to keep their work separate too.
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