Sunday, January 10, 2010

school papers organized

My sweet, little, tiny, babies started preschool last week. I can't believe it!

When on earth did they get so big?

We feel extremely lucky and fortunate that our boys were accepted into an excellent, special preschool program that meets five days a week. It is a very structured program and the boys will receive all their therapy at the school. We are very excited about it.

However, along with a new school (and the boys were separated so they are in different classrooms) comes new therapists, new teachers, new art projects, new homework assignments, and tons of new paperwork. So what on earth do I do with all of it?

This was my weekend project.

I found these really cute file folders at Office Max:

And I bought these hanging file holders:

I just hung up these holders on the wall in our small office area in the kitchen. I wanted them to be in a place that was easily accessible, and I am in that office nook all the time.

I taped the school calendar on the front of the file holders:

and everyone gets their own labeled folder:

I clip up homework assignments to the front of the holders, so they don't get forgotten:

So now I am feeling much more organized.

Now to get that homework done.....

How do you organize all your kids school papers?

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  1. I love how pretty this little system looks! Normally things of this nature end up taking on a more "official office-y" type look, without much personality- great job!

    Also, I loved your post about the refurbished canvas bags! I was planning to make some pockets/bags out of fabric to tie to the boys' bed posts, but they weren't quite sturdy enough to hold library books (their intended purpose), so I think I'll give this idea a try! Thanks for sharing- I'll let you know how they turn out!

  2. Wow, you are so organized! I hope I can be that organized when I have kids someday! :)

  3. What a great system! Good luck with the new school. They just grow up too darn fast!

  4. I don't have kids, so I can't attest to the storage question, but those photos of your kids are SO CUTE!!!

  5. Love a stylish organizational system! Awesome!

  6. Those folders are so pretty, they might make staying organized more fun.

  7. Found you from Organzing Junkie.
    I did something like this for my girls school papers etc... I don't have a picture of the whole area as I finished it in two parts but you can see part 1 and part 2 on these posst.
    Love organizing, doing a lot of that in my house this month.
    Part 1

    Part 2

  8. Came by way of Organizing Junkie...

    I kind of do the same thing with some file hangers that are magnetic...they still to the side of the fridge. I'll be honest though...the higher up the grade, the harder I'm find it is to keep up. My 4th grader has SO much stuff! My holders/folders get bulked out and too discouraging to look at. I might need to come up with something different for him.

    Loving your ideas!

  9. First of all, your boys are precious! This is such a fabulous organizing system. Thank you for sharing. Just wanted to let you know I saw some really cute folders, like these, in the $1.00 bins at Michaels.

  10. I have cabinets above my desk in the kitchen. I have stackable filing trays. Each child, (I have 4) get 2 trays. One is for school and the other is for actitivies etc. It works well so if they leave something laying around, I can just put it in their tray. When they can't find it, they know where to look. I like your idea of having it out so that you can see it. That helps so that you don't forget anything.

  11. Great idea!!

    My oldest is in kindergarten this year, and it's MUCH more paper coming home than when he was in preschool.

    I have a large 3-ring binder w/ dividers-one section for the teacher's weekly note, another for office notes, another for school nurse, etc.
    I hole punch & file them in the binder accordingly.

    For his actual school work papers, I have a folder for each grading quarter. Each paper goes into the folder for that quarter. I plan to save these for review as a bridge during the summer months.

    Both the folders and binder go on a shelf in our living room.
    His homework is always due the next day, (usually), so it gets completed, in his school folder, then in his backpack.

    Found your site from Org Junkie! Love it. :)

  12. Here's what I do... pile it all in a big mess on the kitchen counter. Googling clear file folder holders now...

  13. Hi! I found you via OrgJunkie too! Love your blog and I love this idea to organize papers. We have tried several systems over the years and they do need to change sometimes depending on what age your kids are in school. Now that my youngest is in kindegerten the volume of paper has increased A LOT! Thanks for the great tip--I can't wait to explore your blog a bit more.....

  14. I like this tip a lot, I will have to install something similar here for my house.

    I have issues with losing paperwork that is already filed, but I have to keep for a long period of time. I developed a system using those old fashion report covers. Makes handy "File books" here is my ehow article. See if it will help you out also.

  15. Very impressive! Oh how I wish I could have figured out how to be that organized when my son was little. School papers were the worst - what to keep, what to get rid of, little reminders and forms to send back. Ughh. I'm very impressed with how on top of things you are.

    Thanks for linking up to my party!

  16. You did a fantastic job on this project! I'm a professional organizer so I can truly appreciate the issue you were dealing with and the creative way you remedied it! I know you did this back in January, so I hope it's still working for you. Sometimes as situations change our organizing methods need to change as well. Best of luck with your blog and your adorable kiddos!