When the school year ends; start organizing! Did you ever think what a great time this is for your kids to get organized? Depending upon their age, your kids may need a little help and guidance from you.
Paper, Artwork & Projects
You will want to systematically go through all paperwork, artwork, and projects. Sort through what is needed and what is not. Tidy up the room from all of the “stuff” that’s accumulated throughout the school year.
Sort Paper, Artwork & Projects into the following categories:
Keep / File: Items your child may want access to for the coming years. Make up a labeled folder and filing system for these papers so your child has easy access to these potentially helpful items.
Keepsakes: Items that have no further use for reference, but artwork or reports that your child would like to keep. Keepsakes can go in a container marked “Keepsakes” and the corresponding school year. Some families will keep a container for each child for each year. Others may keep one container for a series of school years.
Trash: Have a trashcan ready and a paper recycling container close by for paper.
Clothing is another important consideration to purge and organize now. Go through their closet either and pull out all items they have outgrown, worn out or know they will not be wearing next year. They can either do this on their own or with you depending upon their age. Now you will have available space when you begin adding to their school clothes at the start of the next school year.
Sort Clothing into the following categories:
Dispose of: Remove and dispose of any permanently stained, un-mendable clothing or any items that have served beyond their useful years.
Donate: Items that will have a 2nd life should go to someone else.
Keep: Hang any items that need to be hung and likewise fold the items that need to be folded and stored in drawers or shelves.
A neat and tidy bedroom is a great way to start the summer and the coming school year. Teaching your children how to sort through their items, make decisions, and take control of their belongings by putting things away properly teaches them organizing skills to last a lifetime! So this year, when the school year ends; start organizing!