I’d gone back and forth trying to decide how to handle the kids paper clutter, especially now that they are in “school” 2 days a week. Next year, one of the kids will be starting school and I imagine the papers will just run out of control. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the progress and their works of art, but I’m just not sure that our house is prepared to store every single scrap of paper they bring home.
I decided to experiment with a few solutions. The first, was to display them in our playroom. We have an old curtain rod that we put up to display their works. It was fine, and I tossed stuff in the recycling bin and let them choose.
Next, I tried collecting them into a folder, but that soon went out of control. I thought if I kept them in a folder we could go through it all at the end of the year. But I started getting uncomfortable about making the task take longer and delaying it. (See: the 2 minute rule and simplifying “just enough”)
Recently, I found this gem, and I created private accounts for each of my kids. I snapped the photo of their art/work and kept a few favorites (like their handprints/footprints) in their folder.
For the caption part, I write down the date, and then tell a story about my child from the day. It could be what I packed for lunch, or something that was said, or something we listened to. It satisfies my memory keeping, the lack of “stuff” piling up, and they’ll have books to keep later.
How do you deal with your children’s paper clutter?