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I know we are still in summer but from what I understand in many parts of the US, school begins again in August. Here we don’t go back until the first of September. Either way it’s coming soon and if we haven’t got a handle on all the papers that came home at the end of the last school season now is the time to do it so you can start the new season with a fresh organized start.
So tell me, where did all those papers go? You know the ones I’m talking about. The journals, report cards, art work, crafts, spelling papers, printing pages, reports, assignments, tests, etc. I know my kids all came home with quite a stack. Did they get buried and forgotten in the corner, are they still stuffed in backpacks, or maybe you just didn’t want to deal with it at all and it went straight to the trash. That’s one way to do it :)
So if you aren’t ready to go to that extreme and really would like to keep some of it, let’s get it sorted out shall we? Notice I said some of it and not all. It really is impossible to keep it all and here is where we’ll need to get a little selective.
Last week Michelle over at Navigating Domesticity did a post about sorting papers that will definitely help here using a 3 step approach.
Collect it all into one spot so you know exactly what you are dealing with. Michelle used her dining room table.
Sort it all into piles…keep, toss, recycle. I also recommend getting the kids involved in this step because you may be surprised at what is important to them and after all who are we keeping these papers for anyway? I wrote about this in more detail here.
This is where you find a home for the stuff you decide to keep. Here are some posts to help you with this step.
Please be sure to go on over to Navigating Domesticity as she walks you step by step through her own paper decluttering. I think you’ll find it helpful, she did a great job.
So are you ready to get started? Grab a laundry basket or box and get to work!! I would love to hear how you make out and I’m thinking it’s not going to take as long as you are anticipating it will. You can do this!!
Questions to ponder:
1. How is your school paper situation? Have you put off dealing with it?
2. Would you like to start the new school year with a clean slate?
3. Do you have any other back to school organizing dilemmas that I might be able to help you with?
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