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how-to-organize-end-of-the-year-school-papersNow that school is out, I will miss the quiet in my house. Accompanied by the humming of my refrigerator, I would drink my coffee and plan out my day.

Time is fleeting and I am fully aware of the fact that I will never get these days back. I do enjoy them, it's just that I don't love thinking about them. The humming of the refrigerator will be replaced with slamming doors. Towels will add to my mountain of laundry, and instead of planning my day, my day will be planned for me. My time will belong to my children.

In order to prepare for this mentally and organizationally (is that a word?) I need to start an offensive strategy, which starts the minute they whip their backpack across the room on the last day and suggest using it as a fire starter. To them September is a light year away. 

Yesterday, I went through the kid’s book bags and removed about 5 library books from school that I swore I didn't have. Sitting down with my son, we reviewed his papers, one by one to figure out which ones we should keep and which we should toss. I also found a myriad of the snacks that weren’t consumed. My first clue was the pile of graham cracker crumbs that emptied onto my carpet with a mound of loose change sandwiched in between.  

Steps to Tackling End of the Year Paperwork

  1. Buy a plastic bin with removable drawers, one for each child. My bin has 4 drawers. Label each drawer for your children.
  2.  If you don't already have one, invest in a portfolio book that holds their school pictures and report cards for each grade. Amazon has great memory books, especially ones that allow you to record their voice each year. 
  3. Save assignments in the beginning of the year, mid year and end of year with each labeled on the back with the kids name, grade, and dates. 
  4. Save writing book from school and any special program books and memorabilia. You should have just enough to fit a large Ziploc bag.
  5. Label the bag with a name and grade and then stand upright in a large plastic bin with the completed grade in the front of the bin. 

* Be sure to pull the supply list and summer reading packet so you can watch for sales and start to collect your tools for when the light year passes, the following September. 

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