Organizing Papers: What to Keep and What to Toss

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The Never-Ending Cycle of Loose Papers

Anyone with a home and kids knows just what it’s like to have a mountainous pile of papers. Kids art projects, completed homework assignments, notes, bills, and more pile up. Looking at it can be daunting because it’s hard to know what needs to be kept and what needs to be junked. Although something may not seem important now, who knows if you’ll ever need it again? That’s why it’s important to organize all those extra papers to save yourself from a headache in the future.

What to Keep, What to Toss

The first step in conquering your pile of papers is deciding what to keep, what to toss, and what can be put away in storage. To do this, you’ll first need to go through and take out any bills you have. Save what’s needed and dispose of anything that’s paid, old, and no longer needed. If you’re unsure, you can put the papers in a folder to be kept in storage. Since this accounts for a vast majority of paper, consider opting out of mailed copies and stick with having your bills and important notices sent to you electronically.

Separate by Importance, Sentimental Value

Not all the papers you have piling up in your home are bills, notes, or other important things. In fact, if you have children, there’s a good chance that most of these are various art projects from over the years. It can be hard to part with anything your child has made, especially as they get older. That’s because it’s always heartwarming to look back on things your child created when they were younger. Those are precious memories that you can’t ever get back and that’s why it’s so hard to throw them away. Luckily, if you stay organized, you don’t have to junk them. You simply have to create a place in your home for them.

Organizing Kid’s Projects, Artwork

As children go through their schooling, they will come home with various projects, artwork, stories, homework assignments, and more. You can do one of two things with these, assuming you’re wanting to save them. You can either proudly display them like artwork, stick them on your fridge, or have your children hang them up in their room. If you’re looking for a sleeker organizational option, consider properly storing them in half binders. These binders are perfect for storing artwork because you can label each one with what age your child is. You can laminate the art and insert it right into the binder. This is a nice way to store art because it reads like a book.

Giving Art as a Gift

Kids’ artwork is a wonderful gift for parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. That’s because family members will always appreciate a sentimental gift. It also makes children happy to know that what they’re creating is being given to someone they love. This is a perfect way to declutter some of the artwork you have in your home. Another great idea is to save the art that your child has made. When they turn 18, give it to them as a graduation keepsake.

Making Artwork Look Cohesive

When organizing your children’s artwork, you’ll want to do so by size. Children often make art out of different materials and different sized sheets of paper. It can be hard to make it fit altogether. Here are some tips to make it easier:

  • Hang up artwork that is larged, awkwardly shaped
  • Keep colored pictures, art on smaller pieces of paper binded together
  • Choose one piece to showcase on fridge that you can rotate weekly

Staying on Top of Things

Paper is always piling up. That’s why it’s important that you stay on top of things. Make it your mission to periodically go through what you have on hand, organize it, and junk what you don’t need. It will also make your children happy to see that you’re actually doing something with their art instead of letting it sit on a shelf or in a closet. Removing the clutter and doing something with all the paper you have piling up will help your home look better.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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