If you’ve kept papers and reports from when you were in school ah-hem years ago, consider why it is important for you to hold onto them. Although they may have been important to you then, are they truly things that you refer to now?
Do you keep every test and report your kids ever wrote? If you have a wall of boxes, no matter how organized, it’s still a wall of boxes. Ask your child if these things are important to them. Your home doesn’t have to become a shrine to your children’s education.
If you are dealing with a current influx of school papers from your children or grandchildren, ask the kids if these things are important for them to keep. If they say yes, then set up a box where they can store the papers they bring home with plans to sort through the papers at the end of the school year. Maybe set up a bulletin board where they can display the results of a current test as well as a recently completed piece of art. When a new item comes in, pop the older item into temporary storage.
Of course, if you have a student who doesn’t want to hold onto their papers until the end of the school year, don’t feel you have to override their decision and keep things for them. You can always scan artwork.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.