At the start of every new year I get the organizing bug!
I guess it starts with the clean slate that is there after several months of holiday decorating.
I am participating in the GET ORGANIZED 3 day event!
The complete list of links is below so you can visit the others for creative organizing ideas!
Today I'll be sharing with you my project on Organizing Your Child's School and Art Work.
Back when my son was born 17 years ago, scrapbooking like it is today was a relatively new concept. I started doing it with my son's early years, but when my daughter came along it was just so overwhelming for both. I continued to work on it off and on. As they started school, I streamlined the process and just scrapbooked school events for them, with photos, work samples and certificates. Needless to say, to me it's an overwhelming project with all that I have my hands in!
Ashlyn actually started working on her own in the summer months, but there is just so much to do!
In the meantime, memories were stashed here and there with no order……and it was driving me nuts!
I decided to take a different approach! AND it is working perfectly for me!
I went to Staples and bought letter/legal sized plastic file storage boxes and a box of hanging file folders.
They are similar to these from Amazon.
Then I got busy labeling the hanging file folders by age (before school) and grade once they were in school. I did multiple boxes for each of my 2 children. My end result is seen in the next 2 photos. I'm going to show you how I dressed up the boxes to leave out in our home. I really didn't have another place to store them, and I didn't want them in the attic to possibly get damaged from temperature changes.
Here they are turned sideways to fit on the shelf in the upstairs laundry room.
Here they are turned to the front. This is where I have the 2 current boxes. They are really getting full so I need to get a couple more. The kids place items to keep on my desk, and I file them.
For the decorative part you will need chalkboard contact paper. The link to Amazon is below.
I came across this awesome tutorial for making labels using Pic Monkey on Pinterest. Go visit the wonderful site Blissfully Ever After for this fun and EASY tutorial! She will share with you how to make the label pattern.
Here I have made my label pattern with the chalkboard contact paper. I cut out the number that I needed. These were the same labels that I used for my Pantry Makeover.
You will also need sheets of scrapbook paper to cut to the size of which ever face of the crate will show. Then I simply used double stick tape to adhere it to the box. Nothing is permanent. They have been on these boxes for about 9 months and have not fallen off. You could Mod Podge the paper to the crate for a more permanent option.
When I placed the file boxes up here, I didn't like the open look. It just looked cluttered and unfinished. Adding the sheets of scrapbook paper inexpensively and quickly dressed them up!
I used my paper cutter to get a straight edge. Double stick tape secures the paper to the box.
Simply eye your placement of the chalkboard label. Then write on it with chalk.
If you have school age children, they are always having to do timelines or projects about their life. This makes it easy to pull items from the appropriate year.
I really purged papers and art as I organized the storage crates. I had accordion files for each of them purchased from a catalog. They were adorable, but didn't hold enough and were busting at the seams. Of course, I have trouble throwing away anything that their sweet little hands were on! I'm getting better!
The beauty of this storage system is that as I pick back up with the scrapbooking, it will be easy to pull out a folder at a time to work on. My goal is to do a second purge as I do that. My sweet local friend, Leslie, from Goodbye House, Hello Home gave me some wonderful advice when I was sharing my dilemma with her! She said that my kids aren't going to care about all of that paper when they are grown….only I care about it. She suggested letting them purge their files and keeping what they love! That is a great idea…..I hope to let go one day and let them do that! Thanks, Leslie!
I created a template file to keep any kind of pattern that I make. That way, it is easily accessible for future projects! Happy organizing! Believe me…..it is liberating!
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