(KUTV) Salt Lake City - The school year is over and now it is time for summer FUN! But what to do with the huge pile up of art, reports and papers that came home all year long? Here are a couple simple ideas you can do now to clear out the last year and then a system to set up for next year.
Marla Dee, creator of the Clear & SIMPLE Way, has been helping people for 18 years. And she comes from a family of 10 children, so she get the chaos that kids can create. She created the following 3-step System to organizing old schoolwork.
Step 1 – Get a bulletin board or display area for each child for the treasures of the week to be seen!
I have been blessed to work with hundreds of moms through the years. And I have heard over and over again – “Where do I put all the art work and school papers? When your child has a chosen place to put the treasures, your child feels seen and proud. But you can rotate the pieces weekly or monthly. Once you take them off the board, go to step 2.
Step 2 – Choose a container, about the size of a file tub, which can hold the papers all year long. Once the papers come off your child’s board, ask which ones she still wants to keep and then place them in her drawer or tub or cool container. They will still be there throughout the school year and if you run out of space, it is a signal to go through a release a layer. Now check out Step 3.
Step 3 – Schedule a day with your kids for paper play. The key is to make this last step FUN. Put on music and have snacks. Then let you child take his tub of papers and dump it out on the table or floor and spread them all out. Enjoy the time as your child relives the school year. Honor this time with them by listening to the stories. Next, ask your kids to choose their FAVORITES – the TREASURES!! Then 3 hole punch them and put them in a big binder. Last, you can let them decorate the front, or pick a favorite and slide it in the front sleeve.
The best part is now placing the binders in your child’s room so they can relive those memories for years to come.
Try this out right away with the current school year’s papers. Please share your stories with Marla at email@example.com or facebook.com/clearsimple and Marla will give you a prize. Marla wants you to get organized and have fun doing it! Check out ClearSimple.com for more organization tips.