The amount of paper that comes into a house on any given day is pretty extraordinary – especially when you’ve got kids! From finished assignments, to notes from the teacher, to incoming mail, to pictures and birthday cards, it seems overwhelming at times.
I created a system to organize my kids’ papers into memory books and it’s been a lifesaver! I only have to deal with all the papers a couple times a year, and the special ones end up getting protected and placed into a book of keepsakes.
The reason I prefer binders over folder files is because binders make is SO easy for my kids to look through their books (and they do often). They can pull out the binders and flip through them without worry of things getting out of order or damaged.
I walk you through exactly how this system works in the video below:
Essentially, here’s the summary:
- Have a place to keep papers that require action in a “to-do” tray and papers that just need to be filed in a “to-file” tray.
- A couple times a year, take all the “to-file” papers and place them into piles based on where they need to be filed.
- Use a 3″ binder with sheet protectors for each child’s Memory Book and add their keepsake papers to that book (cutting or folding them down to 8.5″ x 11″)
- Use extended-width page dividers to separate ages or years in school.
I created a FREE customizable spine label that will fit perfectly into a 3″ binder. To save you on formatting time, you can download the file and enter your child’s name and grades/ages and print!
My Memory Book Supplies
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