Paper Overload!

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Paper Clutter

Since there are countless topics that I could write about, I decided to ask some of my “mom friends” what areas they would be interested in reading about and one recurring topic kept coming up…”what to do with all the school papers that come home?!”

The most common question I get asked is “what should I keep and what should I recycle?”
 I confess that when my oldest started school I saved EVERYTHING and by the end of the year I had more paper than I knew what to do with!  I quickly learned that I quickly needed a more effective method.

So how do you decide what to keep and what gets recycled?  First ask yourself “Will I ever need/want to refer to this again?”  If the answer is NO then chances are you’re safe to recycle it.

Here is an easy checklist that you can use to help make the process easier:

Keep:
  • Progress Reports
  • Report Cards
  • Any special projects your child completed that you want or you think they would want
  • Class phone numbers/teacher information
 
Recycle:
  • Daily homework and class assignments
  • Everyday art projects
  • School notifications and general backpack mail *most documents can be found on your school website(which I encourage you to bookmark on your computer for easy future reference).

Now that you have an idea of what to keep and what to recycle, you’ll need a place to store it. Some people prefer a file folder; others prefer a storage bin, I personally like three-ring binders because they can be easily tucked away yet when I need to locate something I can quickly flip through to find what I am looking for. The most important thing I tell anyone looking to get organized is to find a system that works for you.

Laurie Palau

Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized and host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on the CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

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