It’s nearly that time of the year again when the children arrive home with bags full of their school books, models and artwork that they have produced throughout the year.
It can fill many parents with a feeling of dread as everything is dumped on the dining table waiting to be sorted.
Here are my top tips to taming the school book/artwork mountain:
1. MAKE TIME TO SORT through the things that your children bring home from school as soon as possible. You’ll feel so relieved that you sorted this at the start of the holidays rather than having to sort it at the August, at the same time as planning everything for the return to school in September.
2. MEMORY BOXES If you don’t currently have somewhere to store your children’s’ artwork and memory items I would highly recommend that you purchase a large clear plastic box per child which you can use to store selected items from each year. This box should be large enough to store items from 0-16.
3. BE SELECTIVE AS much as its tempting to keep everything I would recommend that you only keep selected books and artwork. I usually recommend that my clients keep the things that reflect their child’s personality and point of view. Your child probably wont want to see their writing practice books again when they are 18.. For bulky items you can keep a photo record. In regard to artwork I recommend reviewing each piece and deciding which are truly keepers and those that were simply fun to do at the time.
If you find it overwhelming to sort the mountain of things that come home at the end of the school year or need support setting up a system to organise children’s memory items I’d love to hear from you.
Lets keep organising!