Smart Organizing Solutions & Design

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Are you overwhelmed by your children's school work and art?

Patty MunnComment

School Work Solutions


The kids have only been in school a little over a month and you are probably already inundated with piles of papers- homework, announcements, agendas and of course, all of their cherished artwork that you just can't part with.

If you are lucky enough to have a child that actually cleans his/her backpack out and dumps everything on your kitchen counters, congratulations... I never did! Most of us have to sit down with our kids and help them go through their backpacks to decipher the plethora of papers. Add on the sports ribbons, trophies and awards and your home can be overrun with stuff!

So what do I do with all of it???? Here are my Smart Organizing Solutionsto help with this overwhelming task.

  • Here's my most important tip- don't feel guilty about throwing some of it away! Admit it- not every drawing or project is a timeless treasure.

  • Take time each day or week to sit with your child and decide together what should be kept. Don't let things pile up so it becomes an overly time-consuming or paralyzing job.

  • Ask yourself will keeping this for years to come bring me joy or will it be a burden? Will anyone ever take time to look at it again? Later in life, will you be foisting multiple boxes of paperwork on your kids for them to store?

  • Limit yourself and your child to keep things that are truly worth saving- items that have special meaning and reflect your child's unique personality and growth.

Once you have decided on the keepers, these are my favorite SOS to best preserve or showcase their memories.

Use a cute burlap   memory board   to showcase your child's latest picture or good grade on an assignment. Display temporarily and then toss!

Use a cute burlap memory board to showcase your child's latest picture or good grade on an assignment. Display temporarily and then toss!

These cute,   easy to change picture frames   are sized specifically for kids artwork- just open the door and slide new drawings or paintings into the front pocket. They come with sawtooth hangers and can be hung horizontally or vertically.

These cute, easy to change picture frames are sized specifically for kids artwork- just open the door and slide new drawings or paintings into the front pocket. They come with sawtooth hangers and can be hung horizontally or vertically.

A sturdy   portfolio     is ideal for storing artwork. It's thin but made of a heavy-duty material to protect your documents long-term. And the handle makes it easily portable.

A sturdy portfolio is ideal for storing artwork. It's thin but made of a heavy-duty material to protect your documents long-term. And the handle makes it easily portable.

A   weathertight filing box     allows you to organize everything from year to year and protect it from dust and moisture. Just make sure you label the box so you remember what's in there!

A weathertight filing box allows you to organize everything from year to year and protect it from dust and moisture. Just make sure you label the box so you remember what's in there!

If you have several children (or are a little short on time), simply create a   memory box   for each child using a clear tote and label each box. Try to be selective with what you put in them and make sure to store in a location in your home where the contents won't be damaged or exposed to moisture.

If you have several children (or are a little short on time), simply create a memory box for each child using a clear tote and label each box. Try to be selective with what you put in them and make sure to store in a location in your home where the contents won't be damaged or exposed to moisture.

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