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Home Organization: Schoolwork, Artwork, and Keepsakes

Your child's schoolwork, artwork, keepsakes, and other creations can pile up quickly. Learn what to keep and what to toss, and how to organize what you have.

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From finger-painted masterpieces to science projects, paper can pile up quickly in your family's home, so make sure your stack of papers is not as tall as your children, try these organizing tricks to curate your collection. You should keep anything that speaks to who your child is at a particular age, so you should keep creative writing, journals, diaries. Or if your child goes through a stage of drawing princesses every day, save one picture of a princess, but that's it. So, here's what you should toss, homework, spelling tests, worksheets. Even if that spelling test has an A plus, plus and three smiley faces on it, you don't need to save it. You don't need to save a medal that everybody on the team got. You don't need to save unflattering pictures or pictures that don't mean anything to you. What do you do when your child comes home with a large three-dimensional project that you just don't have the room to store? Take a picture and create a digital gallery. That way, the memory is preserved, but you don't need to waste space in your house with the clutter. A simple system to store sentimental items is by obtaining document boxes. One for each two to three years of school. That way, not only do you have a guide as to how much is appropriate to save, but when your child moves out of your home you can hand them all their boxes and they can take it with them. So, even though sometimes it's difficult to decide what to keep and what to toss. Trust me, you only need a few special pieces to remember these very precious feelings. [MUSIC]