5-minute organizing for the end of the school year

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Have you tried any of the 5-minute organizing techniques I wrote about previously? I have heard from more fans of the idea that you can use small increments of time to work on organizing projects.

If you have children in school, you probably have accumulated stacks of paperwork throughout the year. Instead of waiting for the mythical day when you’ll get it all sorted out, spend five minutes a day preparing for the end of this school year and the start of next year.

Begin by selecting a place to store the papers you want to keep, then decide how much space you want to devote to the year’s memorabilia. You can use a paper portfolio, a fabric box or a plastic bin. They can be stored under a bed or in a closet. If you want to store paper in the basement, garage or attic, stick with a sturdy plastic bin. Whatever method you choose, make sure you label the outside so you know what’s in it.

You and your children can spend five minutes a day going through the paperwork they have brought home since the beginning of the school year. Choose the best representatives instead of keeping everything. Take photos of oversized pieces of artwork or three-dimensional projects that you want to remember.

If you want to go digital, photograph or scan everything you want to keep, and create an electronic file for each school year.

Whether you go digital, keep some paper, or use a combination of both, start clearing out previous schoolwork after you finish this year’s. Once the backlog is gone, you can set up for next year, so you’ll be prepared when the paper starts streaming in again.

Do you keep your kids’ school papers? Where do you keep them? Leave a comment, below.

This is not a sponsored post; I was not compensated by the manufacturer for the products mentioned. This post does contain affiliate links, which may result in my receiving a small fee when you make a purchase through the link. This disclosure is being made in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Marcie Lovett, Organized by Marcie
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