At the beginning of the school year, every writing assignment, certificate and work of art that your child brings home is a sweet thrill, a memento to hold onto for years to come. But then, soon enough, your house is flooding with papers, and it's only November, dangit.
Back-to-school shopping season is in full swing, but before you hand your kids shopping carts and let them run loose in the Target aisles, you need a plan to keep clutter to a minimum. Happiness expert Gretchin Rubin has a straightforward solution for special school year mementos: Use a file box for each child with a folder for each year. "Only include what is necessary to capture a typical year, such as the child's birthday party invitation, school photo and a few art projects," she tells The Washington Post. Check out some examples of the system in action here, here and here.
It's a simple set-up that allows you to hang onto your favourite pieces (like that poem your kid wrote about how amazing her parents are). For all the other stuff, you can either toss it or digitize it with an app such as ArtKive.
Gretchen Rubin Shares Her Tips for a Happier Parenting Existence [The Washington Post]