Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Preserving and Organizing School Memories


I saw this great idea on Pinterest a while back and thought it was a fantastic idea!
I love Pinterest, it gives me so many great ideas to make my life a bit easier,
and it's fun eye candy too!

The source I pinned from was Dandee Designs. 
Danyelle organizes her children's school papers into file boxes with hanging file folders - genius!

I was Pinspired!
Such a simple system and one that I can actually do.

I purchased my Sterlite file boxes (with cute lime green lids)
and Rainbow hanging file folders (of course) from Target. 
She made fancy labels for each folder (very cute.) 

I just hand wrote the year and grade on each tab. 

Because my folders are transparent, I didn't glue the school photos to the folders,
I wanted to still be able to use them for other projects like family photo galleries
or scrapbooks. I just tucked each girl's school photo from that year
into the front of the file folder so it could peek through the transparent material.


Then, as the school year has gone by, I just tuck in: 

school photos, 
report cards,
certificates, 
samples of writing,
 and (of course) art work 
for each girl. 

I plan to expand each child into two file boxes if necessary. 
No more school paper clutter sitting on the kitchen counter - 
if it's special or memorable I throw it in the file box,  otherwise it goes into recycling. 

I made sure to purchase enough file folders and 
pre- labeled them for each child all the way through high school. 
Super simple. 

Happy Organizing!

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try this. I have PILES of papers for both of my girls. I plan on getting supplies today. Thanks for sharing!
-Kim

Marti said...

Great idea! I also scan some of the items as well as take photos of some of the bulkier things and print them out in our annual family album. That way, I can size them down and print 4-10 treasured art pieces per page. I try and keep at least one hand print or other size specific items in the actual original state each year. But worksheets, coloring pages, etc. are beautiful no matter what size. :)

applesandabcs said...

This makes so much sense!

Michelle

Apples and ABC's

Jeanette @ methedrowsybee.blogspot.com said...

What a great idea! I'm also a "retired" elementary art teacher(11years) and I'm now an " empty nester" and a beginner blogger. I just found you on pinterest and am enjoying your blog. Enjoy your kiddos- they grow up so fast :-)

Simply. Splendid. Living. said...

Awesome tip! I have 3 kids so I could see myself doing this, thanks for sharing!

Jen said...

Great job! :) Pinterest is awesome, isn't it? Just the other day, I showed my husband an activity that I made for my little man. He said did you think of that- and I said- No, I don't need to think up everything anymore, I have Pinterest! Lol I still like to challenge myself to be creative especially so I can create "new" ideas, but how great to have so many wonderful resources right at our fingertips.

Alphabet Summer Kits said...

Great idea! I needed some motivation to get me organized.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Great idea! I need to clear some space in our filing cabinet for that!

Anonymous said...

Is this a regular size file box or is it larger? It looks a bit larger int he photo but I can't tell.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

I believe the file box is one that can be used with regular files or legal files if you turn it sideways -- it's whatever size was at Target. Hope this helps! : )

-MaryLea

Tracy said...

Great idea! I have a similar system but with an even lazier (i mean convenient) twist. During the school year, I have 2 clear wall folders mounted in my basement (on my storage side) The papers go into the folders & then are sorted at the end of year!

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