First, we need a way to decide what to keep and what to toss (I’ve got 6 questions you can ask yourself).
But before I share the 6 questions, I need to you do one big, important thing. Ready?
You need to release the guilt behind throwing away your child’s artwork.
Repeat after me: You are not a bad mom if you throw away something your child made.
Instead, consider this: Are you really giving honor to your child’s creation by keeping everything he/she makes and letting it pile up everywhere?
What if instead you chose to keep only the best things (you make the call on what those “best things” are) and released the rest of that work to the garbage can?
I’d argue that, in the end, this is much more honoring to your child’s efforts.
Therefore, the purpose of the 6 questions is to help you determine which items you’d like to choose to represent your child’s best efforts.
6 Questions to Ask About Your Child’s School Papers
- Is this a good example of my child’s work?
- Do I like it (or is it special to the child)?
- Is it something that I’ll regret not keeping?
- Have I already saved other examples of this type of school work/artwork?
- Do I have to keep it for state record keeping (if homeschooling)?
- Is there a special memory attached to the paper/artwork?
You don’t need “yes” answers to all of these questions in order to keep the item!
You make the call on a case-by-case basis. You have the power to choose!
Sometimes, one question will override the others and it will be enough for you to keep it. That’s OK! In the end, which to keep and which to toss is an emotional decision that only you know the answer to.
Ultimately, these questions are collectively asking one bigger question that’s based around a simple concept:
“Does it bring you (or the child) joy, and will it do so in years to come?”
Let joy be your guide as to whether or not you keep it (I talk more about this here).
This can be a really hard process at first, but once you get into the habit, it really is freeing!
But now you’re asking: “But what will my child think about me throwing away their paper?”
I totally get what you’re saying. Your kid made it, and they’re really, really attached to it.
If that’s the case, I’d err on the side of keeping it, or at least temporarily displaying it in a place of honor in your home (yep, the side of the fridge will do).
But if after a few days it’s clear that your child is no longer attached (and neither are you), then by all means, feel free to release it.
How to Keep Your Kids School Papers Organized (For Good!)
Now that you’ve selected the “best of the best” of your child’s artwork, what will you do with it?
How will you store your child’s work of art so that it doesn’t:
- get lost in a pile
- be accidentally thrown away
- have something spill on it
- or just get lost in that void where missing socks go in your home?!
The My Memory Box: Kids School Paper Organizing System is a central place to store each child’s artwork—all the way from the toddler years to twelve grade!
My Memory Box is a simple and effective way to organize your child’s artwork into a beautiful, centralized keepsake that they will cherish for years to come!
You just simply set up the system for each child and then add papers into the files as you go. Easy peasy!
And not just school work… what about:
- school/sports awards
- academic achievements or special goals they’ve met
- yearbooks and other small memory books,
I really like the My Memory Box system (instead of a binder) because you can store small memorabilia (such as school ribbons, buttons, etc) and oversized items in one space.
I also like that once the box is made, it’s made. I don’t have to keep adding to it or doing anything to it. SO much easier than a scrapbook!
All I have to do is put the papers in the file and that’s it!
Plus, I’ve found that My Memory Box is especially helpful for kids who are more emotionally attached to their artwork/creations than others. When they see that you really are treasuring and honoring their work by displaying it in the My Memory Box system, they understand that you place a high value on their work like they do. That speaks volumes to kids!
This 26-page printable PDF includes (in four colors):
(1) 8.5 x 11” “My Memory Box” Box Label
(15) 3.5 x 5” (approx.) Folder Labels, one for each age/grade from toddler to twelfth grade
(15) 2.25 x .5” File Folder Tabs, one for each age/grade from toddler to twelfth grade
Since there are four colors of each box label, folder labels and file folder tabs, you only need to buy one copy for your entire family!
You’ve done the hard part of deciding which papers to keep and which to toss.
Make sure you have a place to keep your kids’ homemade treasures!
Go here to purchase and download the files. Then you can have your system in place and you’ll be ready to go!
Can you imagine how awesome it will feel to have a system that keeps your kids school papers organized—for good?!
My Memory Box gives you an easy system that keeps those papers a blessing (not a burden). And as busy moms, we all know that having a method for handling everyday things (like school papers) keeps family life as simple as possible!
It’s one less thing to have to manage, right?!
Because you know that those adorable school papers are just going to keep coming!