An Easy Way to Keep Your Kids' Art Organized
Does this sound familiar? You come home after the day of work/school/life and unload the school work, art work, homework, and other papers from the day. They spread out all over the counter until there’s little space left for your sacred afternoon cold brew.
This scene plays out in my kitchen every weekday afternoon. As the kids are inhaling their snacks, I sort through the daily pile of papers or creations. For them, every work is a masterpiece and deserves to be kept for eternity, or at the very least, in a spot on our bulletin board.
I take a bit more of an editorial approach and sort out the one or two winners for the board—a pile to be tossed after they go to bed, and any special keepers to be saved.
But this is where I would run into trouble. My pile of the long-term keepers started to get out of control. Jack’s kindergarten pile bled into the first grade pile, then second grade. Rosie’s and Clara’s piles were getting merged, and I knew that after a period of time, I would have a hard time recognizing whose was whose. I needed to get organized.
This incredibly simple solution helped keep their homework and school work organized with very little effort: I created a binder for each child, for each grade. So simple, right?
So, for example, Jack has a first grade binder, and now a second grade one. Each binder includes all charming art work, significant school work, report cards and other memorabilia from the year. I hole punch some pieces and slip others into plastic sheet protectors, and voila! Organized.
Now, when the kids bring home pieces that I want to save, I simply slip them into the binder (and I organize the binders when I have the extra time).
This tiny little trick makes me feel so much more on top of our school year.
How do you stay organized throughout the year?