Can you believe that the end of the school year is coming?? I know the weather in the Midwest doesn’t realize that yet, but it is already mid-April!!

And with end of school year means tons of papers!! So what do you do when those papers come barreling through the door?? I have a few ways you can get them organized before they take over your entire house.

What To Do With All The End Of School Papers

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First thing you have to do once you get the school papers is sort into three piles. Pile one is for keeping. Pile two is taking pictures. And pile three is recycle.

Depending on your kiddo, I would suggest doing this with them. I also have my kids take pictures of each piece of art/school paper they like but don’t need to keep.

organizing and storing kids artwork


Once you have recycled all the unwanted papers, it is time to take pictures of the papers from pile two. I suggest getting a white tag board to use as the background. Find a well-lite spot in the house… I love taking picture by our back door. Lots of natural light so I get the best quality of pictures.

Lay each picture on top of the tag board. Then shoot the picture while standing over the paper.

Create a book that showcases all the artwork. My favorites are Chatbook and Mixbook!


Finally it is time to tackle pile three… the keep pile. For this project, we are going to create a bin to hold papers and projects. I like using portfolio bins because they can hold those things that are 3-dimensional much better than those boxes with file-folders!



Step One

Head into the Design Studio for Cricut. Using the text, type each kiddos’ name. Adjust the font and size to fit the portfolio box you have.

For my kids, I am doing all pre-school in one box. Then I will do lower elementary (K-2) in a box, 3-5 in a box, then middle and high school can probably go in the same box! Because, let’s face it, by the time they are in middle school and high school they aren’t bringing home cute art projects!

Step Two

Cut out the names and grades onto the vinyl.

Step Three

Adhere each label onto each box.

Step Four

Fill with all the keep papers.

Step Five

Store the keepsake box in an accessible place. You never know when you will find a random paper floating around! This will help you always have a home for those loose papers!

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About The Organized Mama

My name is Jessica and I am the founder and editor of The Organized Mama. I was born and raised in Minnesota and currently live in Illinois. I graduated Indiana University with a degree in elementary education. I decided to share my tips and tricks to keeping things organized in hopes of helping people stay organized with little ones. I am in the process of becoming a professional organizer to help assist families in keeping households organized. At The Organized Mama, you will find ways to keep organized, stay crafty and, most of all, enjoy motherhood!

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