Tips For Organizing School Memorabilia
Kids are back to school and the school papers and keepsakes are flying in the door! Are you looking for ideas to corral the class pictures, precious papers/art and report cards? In my residential and even my business organizing work, I find school documents everywhere including offices. It’s difficult for busy parents to manage if you don’t have a “home” for this stuff. Are your kids grown and out of the house? It’s not too late! They’ll appreciate the memories and a good laugh.
I’ve used all kinds of methods of organizing these memorabilia, including file boxes, bins, drawers, or accordion files. The one thing I’ve learned is that you need enough space but not too much. You want to keep the important and precious items but not every piece of paper that comes home. I recently started creating the pictured file boxes for clients. Each child gets their own box which includes a hanging file for every grade (preschool – 12th grade). I’ve found that a banker’s box size is the best, and it can be plastic or any other sturdy material.
As you would imagine, the elementary years generate a lot more paper than junior high/high school (you’re lucky to get anything in those years!). Items that would be stored include:
School year individual pictures
Elementary class pictures
Mandated test results
Meaningful papers/art (selective pieces!)
College admission letters/awards