When the school year ends, both my kids always come home with LOADS of paperwork and artwork from the past year. I’m talking STACKS of paper, folders, and artwork! Luckily I’m able to go through everything and put away keepsake items in less than 15 minutes with my fail-proof system! If you have ever wondered How to Organize Kid’s School Artwork and Projects, then keep reading!
In case you’re curious (or in a hurry):
It’s a great size folder to hold all of those poster-sized art projects kids come home with and the file box is perfect to store small papers, photos, memorabilia, awards, etc.
When my daughter started preschool, I purchased this over-sized accordion style art folder for any of her artwork that was worthy of keeping. At that age, they mostly have scribble-scrabble artwork. You can decide what you think is worth keeping but I recommend keeping only a few “BEST OF” items.
You don’t want this folder to become overflowing with paper in the future and if it does, I recommend going through items to see if there is anything to discard or scan to an electronic copy.
Be sure to print my free labels below and add the school year to each tab!
The art folder is AWESOME because it’s slim enough to fit anywhere (we keep one in each of our kid’s bedroom closets) and large enough to fit those over-sized art pieces kids bring home.
✅ If you have young(er) children at home and don’t have a way to organize artwork, you need one of these asap!
I also use this File Box with hanging files inside, labeled with each school year. I place any small papers, photos, memorabilia, awards, etc. in the file for each year.
Here is everything you need to create this system:
- Over-sized Accordion Style Art Folder (and a cute pic of your child for the front)
- File Box
- Hanging files
- Manila Folders (optional)
- Labels (use the free printable PDF below)
- Lamanating kit or Plastic Sheet Protectors
- Packing Tape
- My Free Printable (Below)
- Download the free printable and write your child’s name, school year on the front of the box.
- Place the name page inside a sheet protector or laminate it.
- Use packing tape to attach to the front of the box.
- The kids can decorate their boxes with their name and stickers to make it fun.
- Label each hanging file with school grades (you can print/write on the labels that come with the hanging files or download our free labels, print on Avery 5160 sticker labels and attach to manila folders)
- Again – try to only keep a few of the “BEST OF” items. You can always scan/take pictures of items, save in a cloud account (like Google Photos) or make a keepsake book – I personally like to keep a few favorite hard copies and recycle the rest (don’t worry, it does not make you a bad parent for tossing a few of their school papers. Could you imagine if your parents kept your paperwork from age 5-18?).
It literally takes me 15 minutes to go through everything (with each kid) and they help me decide what to keep or discard. I make sure they know we can’t keep everything and I let them decide what to keep.
–>>This process encourages them to let go of things and teaches the importance of simplifying at a young age!
My secret for consistently keeping the artwork and school papers organized is to do this process every 3 months. We have a basket in our mudroom where I place all the papers and projects that come home until the basket starts to get full (usually around 2-3 months). Then my kids and I sit down and sort through everything and I let them decide what to keep. If their art folder starts to get full, I ask her to sort through everything in her folder and eliminate some items if possible.
The free printable includes school year labels with pink, purple and blue “school days” name page for the file box.
The Art Folder also makes a great gift for a child’s birthday – we gave one to our neighbor a few years ago for their daughter’s birthday and it was just what they needed to get that school paperwork under control! This system will organize and store your child’s precious school memories for years to come!
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How to Organize Your Home Fast
Get ready to have your mind blown. This method to organize house clutter quickly is not a new method or secret hack. Do you think the organizing pros have been keeping this secret method with how to declutter your home fast all to themselves? I think my mother used this “secret” strategy to quickly organize the house with 6 kids in the 1980’s… it’s definitely not a new way to clean a house fast… but it’s so easy that anyone with a laundry basket can do it.
My friends and family always asked me how to declutter fast because our house looks like a model home (not to brag). So I shared my secret with how to declutter a house fast with my friends and family and then they started doing this trick to quickly organize house declutter.
I bet you are dying to know how I organize my house fast with a family of 4 and a dog…
How to Organize Your Personal Life (Free Printable Bullet Journal Pages)
I had no clue what a bullet journal was until I did some research and found a bullet journal description to be a combined day planner/journal/diary/sketchbook/to-do list. But what I found most interesting when I started designing my bullet journal pages was that I could make each page anything I wanted it to be.
You see, there are A LOT of different planners and journals out there. Like a blogging planner, business planner, mom planner, meal planner or a gratitude journal, meditation journal, travel journal… and the list goes on and on!
I’m making it super easy for you to try bullet journalling for FREE and if you love it, then maybe you keep printing the free printable bullet journal pages or maybe you invest in a really cool journal and start posting pics of your beautiful pages on Instagram 🙂 If you could just mention that my free printables were your inspiration, that would be great 😉
6 Questions to Help You Organize Your Life and Get Rid of Clutter
Getting rid of the things you’ve collected during your life can be an emotional and physically draining process. Make the process easier by asking yourself 6 Questions to Help You Organize Your Life and Get Rid of Clutter.
Learn how to Organize Your Life and Get Rid of Clutter with these 6 simple questions and #getorganized for good!
If you don’t know how to declutter and simplify your home, this post with a simple 6 question checklist for decluttering your home can help. These questions can help you with organizing your life and getting rid of clutter. Getting rid of sentimental clutter is the hardest part for most individuals and these questions can help declutter your home fast. In fact, many of my readers have used this tool to learn how to clean and declutter their home in 30 days.
How to Get Rid of Unnecessary Possessions and Live the Life You Want
Stuff overload. Negative energy in your home and surroundings. Sound familiar? Are your materialistic items taking over your life? Do you want to know how to get rid of unnecessary possessions and live the life you want? I want that too… I mean, I really want to share how you can get the life you want by only keeping yourself surrounded with what matters most.
I know there are people (like you) that need REAL help getting their lives back and are stuck spinning their wheels because of the (bad) advice they find online. I’m sure you’ve seen the organizing “hacks” I’m talking about that don’t really help you eliminate things, but suggest that you need to add more things in your life in order to organize your current things.
If you organize things a certain way, that will reduce the clutter in your life, right? Wrong.
The only way to organize clutter is to get rid of it. Period.
10 Items You Need to Organize Your Home Like a Pro
The best way to organize clutter is to get rid of the clutter right? I agree that it doesn’t make sense to spend money buying more stuff in order to get organized, but there are certain organizing items that can help create a functional, simplified home.
I’m a firm believer that it’s best to re-purpose many items around your home FIRST before investing in more stuff. Take a look around your home to see if you have similar items that you can use in place of these items (shoe boxes, plastic food containers, etc).
If you don’t find anything in your home that will help you create the organizing systems that you need, spending a few dollars on these useful organizing supplies will be worth the investment in the long run!
Printable Labels to Organize Every Room in Your Home
You can organize the heck out of your home but truth is, Your Home is not completely organized until you add labels!
I’ve done the hard work for you and made every label for every space in your home.
If there is a label that you don’t see available below (for common household items), please let me know in the comments and I will add it!
Printable Home Organizing Cheat Sheets
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32 Home Management Printables that REALLY Work!
No one should have to feel overwhelmed by homemaking because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.
When it comes to homemaking, do you ever struggle with everything on your to-do list? The cleaning, the cooking, the laundry, the organizing, the home projects… shall I keep going?
You are not alone.
Maybe you can relate to these statements:
- “I can never find the time to clean and organize”
- “I’m tired of feeding my family take-out for dinner”
- “I have no idea why we are always broke!”
- “I’m not sure how to start so I just keeping reading stuff & doing nothing”
- “I struggle with doing “all the stuff” to create a perfect home”
I’ve said all of these before by the way.
Almost all homemakers struggle with these points – whether you work outside the home or not, whether you have 0 kids or 12. Since I was struggling in these areas (and thought you might be as well), I created some encouraging and useful resources to overcome the most common homemaking struggles.
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