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Posted 12/3/2012 by minna40 in General Scrappin'
 

minna40
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Posted: 12/3/2012 3:14:26 PM
Holy pile of papers! DS started kindergarten this year and I have kept everything he has brought home since the beginning of the year! It is all in an old accordion file box. I was hoping to decorate it and use the folders for each year he is in school. At this point, the box won't make it much past kindergarten! DS notices EVERYTHING. Example, "Mom, where is that coloring sheet I did with the octopus for the letter O?" (Like, two months ago!) "I don't see it in the box." He freaks out!

Questions are...What to keep? What to toss? How to toss it safely?



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Posted: 12/3/2012 4:12:25 PM
When my triplets were in K, I kept everything the first few months. Then I got realistic, dug myself out from the piles of paper, and decided to only keep a couple papers per month, per child. I put everything in a 2 gallon ziploc bag per child per year. I have a trunk that I keep all of the bags in. Triplets are in 5th and my youngest is in 1st.

I just tell the kids that we can't keep everything, so they can help decide which couple of papers per month they wanted to keep. The rest go in the recycle bin. We mailed a couple to the grandparents too.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 4:14:56 PM
Take a photo of him with each thing he brings home. You could even do it with him holding his paper.
Or you could scan everything into your computer.
Then just keep the really special stuff like a self portrait or a special painting or story.
That way you still have everything for him to look at but your paper pile is hugely reduced


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Posted: 12/3/2012 4:15:10 PM
Great idea, Liana. With triplets, you really have to cut down on clutter! Thanks for the suggestion!



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Posted: 12/3/2012 4:45:28 PM
Each kid (I have 3) has a big plastic bin. That is supposed to hold ALL their school work until they graduate.

I keep everything in a pile(or one copy of everything since all 3 kids bring home the same school newsletters, forms, fundraisers, lunch menus...) and once the pile gets to a certain point I go through and weed...

I try to keep only a few worksheets, most of the art work (not the coloring sheets unless they are really pretty), and anything with personality. Anything that is just fill in the blank or not could have been brought home by any kid in the class (so if it didn't have my kids name on it I would have no idea whose it was) I toss.

My schoolwork drawer is still overflowing but at least it isn't taking over the entire house.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 5:22:45 PM
I bought a 3 inch binder and put page protectors in it. I just slap any writing awards special papers school pictures anything I want to keep right into the page protecters. It was simple and easy and they can flip through it anytime. I used the binders with the clear covers and decorated with scrapbook papers. With my older 2 I started this late and have 2 seperate binders one for art and craft and one for writings and awards and school photos and report cards. With my youngest I am mixing them for now. I also go through at the end of the year and weed out what I don't want to keep. My oldest is 17 and the 2 binders hold everything. They have lots less to keep as they get older.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 5:54:01 PM
I kept lots of things the year my oldest daughter started Primary (she's in grade 2 now), then at the end of the year, the teacher sent home a huge pocket made from bristol board with a sampling of all subjects from all through the year, including her whole reading journal, her writing journal, her math notebook, her science recording book, and lots of samples of her artwork. In grade 1 the teacher did the same. So I'm keeping very little now (my youngest started grade primary this year, and almost everything gets tossed when she isn't looking). I do keep the odd thing from them for my Project Life.

Although everything they do is special and worth saving, we just can't save everything and the stress involved with having paper strewn all over everywhere (the car, the kitchen, the office, their rooms, my heart rate is rising as I type this!) has a big impact on the family as a whole. Knowing I'll get a sampling of their work at the end of the year makes it easier to toss the everyday things that come home. If you're not sure if you'll get an end-of-year folder, I'd ask the teacher.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:48:01 PM
My buddy is in kindergarten and we save the stuff he brings home. Every few weeks I have him go through it with me and see if he wants to save it or send it to Grandma. Then Grandma can keep it or throw it away and no one is the wiser. I am keeping some things for his school book and some projects go in our PL album- usually the things I can cut down to fit in a page protector or if I need something to go on the back of one of the pockets.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:01:41 PM
Had the same problem when my boys were little (they are now 9 & 11). I purchased a large piece of dark mat board and took a digital picture of most of their stuff. I then started to create a CD with all the things I didn't keep. They still have a box, but some of the writing samples and art that was too hard to keep have been photgraphed and burned to CD for future printing.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:03:29 PM
Had the same problem when my boys were little (they are now 9 & 11). I purchased a large piece of dark mat board and took a digital picture of most of their stuff. I then started to create a CD with all the things I didn't keep. They still have a box, but some of the writing samples and art that was too hard to keep have been photgraphed and burned to CD for future printing.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:10:24 PM
My goal is to cut down on clutter since I tend to be sentimental and keep everything. Since taking pictures of things they are proud of it helps tossing things out sooooo much easier after a little stint on the fridge

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Posted: 12/4/2012 7:04:29 PM
I have 6 huge bins (my kids are 21). I am fixing to go through and purge. I had a hard time trying to figure out what to save and what to throw away. You can always take pictures of papers/projects that you are going to throw away. Becky Higgins has a video that tackles this whole subject.

http://www.beckyhiggins.com/videos/

Watch the getting organized with kids stuff.


Cathy


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Posted: 12/4/2012 7:44:51 PM
My oldest granddaughter, Lily, is at a school that uses a website called Artsonia. The teacher scans everyone art in the website and you can purchase mugs, t-shirts, etc of the art made. I just save the images to my computer and I am going to make layouts of these masterpieces. I am thinking of using the paper from Dear Lizzy of the poloraid frames and making each one contain an art picture.


I'm an old pea with a forgetful memory (can't remember old login info)....please cut me some slack LOL!!!

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:16:15 AM
I am thinking about the bin system. I just HATE paper clutter, but on the other hand I don't want to get rid of something that my children would have wanted to keep. I think the digital idea is nice, but, for me, there is just something about holding the artifact in my hand. Touching the paper they touched. Seeing the raw detail. Perhaps after pre-sorting "good" pieces into the bind perhaps in a few years I can sort again and put items into a binder. The kids could help. Good trip down memory lane.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:34:20 AM
I agree with Bethie, I haven't done it yet, but intend to. Taking photos of everything you don't want to keep, then you can print and scrap those, even instagram them, would be great (and maybe put them in a smash book or something).

I tried the different bins so far but we've moved so much, some things were lost and others were 'accidently' thrown away by DH. Luckily, some of the things the girls made in elementary school were Christmas ornaments, so we hang those on a tree.

Another thing you can do, and this is really different, there is a site that recreates pictures into stuffed toys. I have it pinned, so can get the link for you if you want it.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 8:05:44 AM
I keep the art work that they put alot of work into, most school work I trash. I keep awards and if they are proud of something I will keep it, other wise it gets trashed.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 8:10:17 AM
I didn't read all the replies so don't know what was suggested. This is what works for me now, and it was trial and error!

I keep everything they bring home each week and then on Friday afternoon or Sat morning I let my daughters choose 2 or 3 special pieces/sheets/etc that they can keep. It then goes into a magazine paper holder. (they each have one). Once the holder is full months later we pull it all out and go through it again! They sometimes change their minds and are like, hmmm, that can get trashed!

Then the final cut gets put into one of Becky Higgins large envelope page protectors for their album. I love this! This process usually happen 2 or 3 times a year, once bin is full.


I love gow I do it now and it works for me because I have my girls help decide so I don't have mom guilt. Lol. They are 7 and 11.
Back when my oldest was in PreK through 2nd grade I kept EVERYTHING! Even old workbooks! It all got stored in a huge tub, and it was a nightmare when we moved! I am still finishing up sorting through it all, yuck! I am totally current (with this project!) and have been for a few years!

Good luck!

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