Welcome Guest Blogger, Ellen Delap of Professional-Organizer.com…
Moms wonder about all the papers and more that come home from school. Setting up good systems and routines make it easier to keep control. Get organized with a command center for papers that come and go to school. But for keepsake artwork, projects and tests, think about what to keep and where to keep it.
What defines “precious” for every mom is different. Is it the first spelling test with 100? Or is it darling art work? Something that is totally unique to that child, such as a handprint, a written story or a painting, is precious in my definition. It is easier to assess what to keep by collecting the items for a month in an easy to access basket that you can drop papers into in the kitchen. At the end of the month, have your child go over the items in there, having them share all about the work.
Here are lots of great ideas once you have decided what to keep.
- Take a photo of the keepsake.
- Take a photo of your child with the keepsake.
- Scan the keepsake.
- Send keepsakes off to grandparents or other special family friends.
- Use the keepsakes for gift wrap.
- Make a book of the keepsakes.
- Keep the keepsakes in a large fed ex box by year in the top of a closet.
- Keep the art in a portfolio under a bed, in the back of a closet.
- Set up a “clothesline” with 6 clothespins on an wall in their bedroom. This is now the art display area. Rotate art monthly.
- Put together a 3 ring binder with 50 slip in sheets. Review the papers with your child and have them select one per week for the binder. This is now their precious keepsake and they will have something of pride for themselves too.
Certified Professional Organizer and Family Manager Coach Ellen Delap is the owner of Professional-Organizer.com. Since 2000, she has worked one on one with her clients in their home and offices streamlining their environment, creating effective strategies for an organized lifestyle and help prioritize organization in their daily routine. She holds ADD and Chronic Disorganization certificates and specializes in working with ADD and ADHD adults and students. Ellen has been featured at The Woodlands (Texas) Home and Garden Show, on ABC13 Houston, in the Houston Chronicle and is an Expert on The Clutter Diet, an online organizing resource. To learn more about her and her work, visit http://www.professional-organizer.com/, tweet her @TexasOrganizer or become a fan on her Facebook Fan Page Professional-Organizer.com.