Task 50 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – School Paper Work

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

It’s week 50 of my Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge. If you haven’t signed up yet, join me today as I help you remove all those things in your home you no longer need or use.

I know I am not the only mum who is blown away by how much paper work her kids bring home from school! There’s school photos, exercise books, assignments, report cards, drawings… the list goes on, and the pile builds up. So how do we declutter and organise all this school paper work – particularly when you are sentimental mum like I am?! Glad you asked! Let’s get started with this week’s declutter task…declutter 52 things in 52 weeks with The Organised HousewifeView previous declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge tasks here

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Decluttering Task #50

School Paper Work

It didn’t take me long to realise I was going to need to implement a solid organisational system to deal with all the paper work that my 3 kids were bringing home from school. I am pretty sentimental so that didn’t help. I decided to create a file box that allowed me to store a few really nice keepsakes for each child, for every year that they are at school. This means that all this paperwork was condensed down into 3 conveniently sized boxes.

  READ MORE: School Years File Box

How to organise school years into filing box


Note: My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit

  • Look at your children’s school paper work and see what storage solutions aren’t working.
  • Bring all the school paper work together, dividing into years.
  • Keep all school photos and report cards.
  • Go through each story and drawing and keep only those that you love (be that because it’s bright and colourful, has a lovely sentiment, or features a happy memory).
  • Remember you don’t need 10 pictures from Year 2. A couple will often suffice.
  • Consider ripping pages you want to keep out of exercise books as opposed to keeping the entire book.
  • For artworks or stories you’re not sure whether to keep or purge, consider taking a photo so you will always have the memory, and then purge.
  • Add any new and/or your current storage products in your cupboard to help you keep it organised.
  • My School Years File Box can help you to organise your kid’s school paper work based on age and year.

I love looking over old drawings or stories that my kids have done, and sometimes I even find my kids looking through their own filing boxes now. This is why I like to keep their file box in their own rooms – so they can look at them whenever they like.

Organising and decluttering school files and paperwork for kids

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How many items have you been able to purge today?

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Farah Dyer-Steel December 11, 2019 - 7:31 AM

I really REALLY like this idea, esp as our boy has autism and I feel compelled to keep things to document his incredible process over the school years. His art work is so intricate and detailed, even down to little cartoons on a spare page in an exercise book (robots talking to each other using speech bubbles etc, “kill me now and get me out of this…” etc). I also like the poster reminder you have for what to do when they get home but do you have something a little more teenage oriented? Our boy is 13 and will openly baulk at anything he sees as remotely childish as he is (overly) keen to be seen as a teenage youth and rejects anything that might smack of childishness. Looking forward to seeing future blog posts

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 12, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Thank you for your lovely feedback Farah, I am so happy to hear that this blog helped you and your son 🙂 Kat x

Sarah Doodney April 5, 2020 - 12:10 AM

Hi, I was wondering where to get the actual storage box from?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 6, 2020 - 2:31 PM

Hi Sarah, I used a file storage box which I got from Howard Storage World many years ago, but you can also find them at Officeworks 🙂


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