Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Shortcut Organization for the Slacker Mom

Getting into the Fall and back to school mindset, I had a little trick to share with all the moms who want to be more organized, but don't have the time or desire to spend hours scrapbooking each school year.


Griffin's 5th grade book. On the cover is  the class art collage and a pic on the way to school with his cello & pal.


When your kids are in preschool and kinder they are constantly bringing home another masterpiece that you want to treasure. Those years need a box of some kind to contain all the precious things. However, as your kids get up in school grades the papers that come home are more copious and frankly less precious. I mean who cares about saving math tests and the like? What I do keep is the special essays, reports and art that has some time put into it. I also save special awards, notes from teachers, and mementos of places visited during the year that meant something to the child. A field trip to a mission and the accompanying post cards, are one example.

To keep up on this and not create a pile of junk to go through at the end of the term, I started culling them in a spot right off as September starts. A few years ago, my eldest needed some report folders with pages already in and a clear cover. These were handy to keep on hand and for $4 or so, I bought a few extras. With 24 pages, there is usually more than enough sleeves for all the special papers and things. If there is extra at the end I add them to the back and tie or clip the whole thing together.




I like that it has a clear front you can decorate with that year's photos.

Here's a few snaps of Grif's from last year which I just finished a week or so ago. Okay I was late doing this, but it did get done. . .



I like to keep little notes and things they have made during the year too. They won't always care about how to make a balancing bunny! 


Love the art !




Grades and select valentines?




Some fun things they made.



Activities they participated in.


 Some things were pried out of the gallows of the backpack along with granola bars as you can see.


You get the gist.





If there is enough room I add some summer vacation items. This was Griffin's note to himself during our trip last year to the Grand Tetons. He likes to make lists, which I steal and save, they are so cute.


Anyhow, if you get one of these folders or something similar, you can begin to collect the worthy items  in the sleeves. At the end of the year, I usually go through the room and backpacks and get a few that I didn't snag before or that we put on his bulletin board. When I think I have most everything, and the (lovely ;) school photos, I close up the year and slide it all in place with a few notations and dates. Not a piece of art, but it's memory of the year and all that child has done, which is good to have and to be honest better than I had done in previous years!

As you can see from above I am no Martha. However, I feel happy that they at least will have a book of each school year.

Do you have system for school papers and keepsakes? Love to hear what the rest of you moms do !

Happy September!

Kim

17 comments :

  1. Oh my gosh Kim you are no slacker Mom, this is a brilliant idea! I have some fabric-covered boxes where I have kept the cutest stuff but it's not very organized. One thing I did do was to create a custom shelf unit in my study (California Closets did it actually), in this space I have a toy chest with the best stuff, their favourite books and the boxes full of the cute things from school and camps.
    Some of those notes and lists are super hilarious aren't they!
    Thanks for sharing this. :)

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  2. Dani, Love the idea of fabric covered boxes! Also nice to have a designated spot in your study! Great idea because mine can be scattered all over the home! xx

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  3. Love this! I have been taking pictures of everything and only keeping the good stuff! This is a fab idea.
    Your family is just beautiful! Meadow would love the boys :)
    Xx

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    1. Karen thanks! I bet you have tons of adorable things from that little doll! The boys would just love her!

      xx

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  4. I agree:) You are NO slacker Kim! I used to keep special items in a folder however as time went on and I started back to work.. I kept less and less. We accumulate SO much when raising kids! Looks like you have some special things saved here:)

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    1. Leslie, You are right we probably keep too much. I keep thinking, what would they want later and that helps!

      xo

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  5. Kim, I think you're the best!

    My kids have a few highlights saved, not organized by year. Our daughter has always been a note writer and picture maker and like you have, I stashed them away for my memories. After many years of adding to this collection she unfortunately found them, and privately edited them into the shredder!

    I have located a few things in unlikely places (in a christmas ornament box) and have had them professionally framed. NOW she sees how important they are to me! :-)

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    1. Linda, SO funny she got rid of them! I think Grif would do the same. I like the idea of framing too!

      xx

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  6. Not a slacker Mum at all! I am so impressed with your organisation and what a fantastic idea. So much better than just keeping special things in boxes. It's so hard though deciding what to keep. I'm sure you will all enjoy looking back at these childhood memories in years to come.

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  7. haha slacker Mom. Sure, Kim. LOL

    You've done such a great job here. I chuckled at the instructions for a balancing bunny. :)

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    1. Funny ha? I don't know when he did that, but it was kinda funny so I kept it.
      xo

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  8. You are the last person I would consider as a "slacker mom"! Great idea. I have stacks of plastic tubs of stuff we riffle through every couple of years and condense very slowly!

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  9. Kim-What a fantastic idea! I love the ease and simplicity. You are really allowing the special mementos to be the art. You can also easily store and find them by year. I'm going to share this with my busy mom friends for sure.
    You are so creative. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week girlfriend.
    xx, Heather
    PS-I hope he won the election! Cute pics!

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  10. thanks for sharing this! i'm working on a scrapbook for my college years!

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  11. I vote for Griffin - what a fabulous collection of art and essays so cute. Love how you store them, I should switch to that system. I know what you mean, you have to stay on that culling all the time! Its just a deluge of bits and bobs they bring home. having said that I have boxes full of broken ceramics and essays that i can't throw out.

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  12. Great inspiration....hope your September is off to a good start Kim! I am the same as Jody above,cannot part with small ceramics and essays:)
    ~Anne xx

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