Saturday, May 29, 2010


I'm organized. Almost to a fault at times, but that is the biggest reason I am able to be a single mom to three... hopefully soon to be four! :) One area I've worked on recently was the kids' school papers.

I hate throwing these things away! :) What is it about a silly Spelling test with a 100% written at the top that I will want to look at years down the road? BUT it's my daughter's, my mind rages! How can you THROW it away!? :)

What I've been doing is putting ones I think are save-worthy on a shelf in the kitchen above our refrigerator. Then at the close of the school year I go through them, ditch some more, and have still a pretty good stack of "savers."

BUT, I still didn't have a good system for WHERE or HOW to keep them. Not long ago a friend and I had a girls day out. It was a day off school and I had Braeden and Olivia go to our local park district school program... don't be too sad for them, they practically beg me to go there on some days, it's loads of fun! :) My friend and I went to The Container Store as she had some looking to do there. And I found IT - the perfect organizer for school papers!!!

I purchased this clear plastic container and see through plastic envelopes with a string closure that expand up to one inch.  They are SO PERFECT!  The envelopes are larger than a piece of paper, so those odd sized art projects fit beautifully!  And they really do hold a lot!  As you can see I bought a bunch, and I'm going to pick up some more next time I'm by one.  I figure I found it, may as well be prepared to use it through the years and not run out of envelopes without finding them again! :)  (It was also very inexpensive!!!)  And gotta say, the Dymo label maker I bought a few years ago, still use that thing, and love it too!!! :)


:)De said...

I have an all-in-one printer, scanner, copier and I just starting scanning their papers and then save to a hard drive cause I can really get into saving every scrap of paper that they put their cute little penmanship to if I am not careful. LOL!

Lisa said...

I know the feeling! :) Great way to save it!!! Love that idea!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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