This January, incase you haven’t been following along, my friend Jen and I have been doing a declutter and organization challenge, that has helped us clear out EVERY area of our homes. One of the areas we had to tackle this week was kid’s paperwork and school work. This post is going to walk you through my kids school papers storage bins, and all things organizing to get there.
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I got on my Instagram stories to show how we go about organizing those spaces with our kids, and my followers seemed to really love it, so I wanted to get it on here to show up close.
I talked about it here a bit a few years ago, but I will go more in depth in this post.
Kids School Papers Storage Bins
When my oldest, Jack, started school around 2 years old, I realized we were going to have a TON of school work and papers, and really wanted a good way to store it. If it went in his keepsake bin, full of other special things I knew it would be a disaster all the time.
Basically I came up with the idea (likely from seeing it on Pinterest or something) to do file boxes for my kids for all these papers. It has helped keep things organized and allowed me to store the items I love in a safe place.
Before I get into how I organize the bins, and what goes in them, I want to talk about my process of getting TO the bins.
Daily School Work Storage
When my kids come home from school each day I empty their backpacks into a storage bin on the “command center” wall in our laundry room. This bin holds their library books, and basically all things school.
I know that I will never keep all of it, but during the busy week days I don’t want to have to think about it. So it all goes in the bin.
As that bin gets full I take everything out and typically 99% of it goes straight in the trash. The items that I want to keep at that time go down to their bins.
How the Bins are organized
One thing that I do a bit differently from a lot of these bins, is how I organize the front couple of slots. Each Childs bin has files for Doctor, Immunization records, School Papers, and anything specialty ( Therapy, Allergist, so on).
After that I start into the file folders per grade. So essentially pending the grade yours starting on you will have Pre-k and anything up. I write both the grade and the year just to keep things a little easier down the road incase I am looking for something from say 2018.
What goes in each file
The files have anything and everything flat or paper-ish from that school year. It doesn’t have to be school related. It could be special birthday cards, a ribbon from a dance recital, school pictures, yearbooks, sports pictures, and then of course special items from school.
I don’t keep a ton of “stuff” from my kids, but I do always have a good mix of items from school and outside of school in the bins. Last year Jack made this adorable book at home that I kept.
One thing I do always do when a grade is – when putting the last load into a certain grade. (per say when putting the last load of things into the 1st grade file), I look through the file from the year or two before to see if there are things I kept that might have been unnecessary long term.
Maybe something that I was mind blown they could do at the time, but I no longer felt I would love looking back on it. I know that realistically my kids and myself won’t want to look back on TONS of paperwork type items from school, so I am very picky about it.
This is just my process. You have to find what works best for you. These bins go in our storage room, and it has been something I can keep up with that works well. But the most important thing is to simply find something that you can maintain for your kids.
Kids come with a lot of STUFF, and keeping it organized is no small feet. I am going to talk about how we go about organizing clothes they grow out of, and items they age out of in my next blog post, so be sure to subscribe to my emails if that is of interest to you so you don’t miss it!
In the mean time, I hope you find these kids school papers storage bins helpful and they keep things tidy from the start!
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