Sort through school-related papers – yours and your kids.
Before you even sort through these types of papers, consider what you find worthwhile to hold onto. A few years out of college, you may have still found value in holding onto some of your college papers … twenty years later, though, they aren’t as meaningful.
When your first child went to school, you may have thought you should keep every paper as a record of your child’s accomplishments. But, another child and more years in school makes you realize this is overwhelming!
And if you did keep everything, your child would be overwhelmed when you present them with dozens and dozens of boxes of their school years. Even if there was something important that they’d like to keep, it would be too much to sort through.
Create a system that works for you. Maybe you collect everything and then sort through it all at the end of the school year and pick out the best pieces for each subject.
The fewer the better, because then it shows that these were important. And, if you don’t keep anything, or take photos or scan the papers, that’s okay too. Think back to how often you wanted to look at a report you wrote in third grade about squirrels.