THE MOUNDS OF PAPER THAT GET SENT HOME WITH MY CHILDREN
And if left unattended (meaning stacked in a pile and not sorted RIGHT AWAY), it somehow morphs into this giant, intimidating Mt. Vesuvi-Paper.
Am I right, Moms?
The good thing, though, is that I'm more of a Thrower-Awayer than a Keeper. I'm sooo not crazily sentimental about a goopy painted handprint that's going to get thrown in a drawer and then eventually tossed when I clean that drawer and think to myself, "What the hell did I save this for?"
Uh....wait. Is that cold-hearted of me? Or simply realistic?
I will have 3 boyz in school this year (2nd grade; full-day kindergarten; and morning preschool 4 days a week).
[Insert celebratory fist pump here.]
3 boyz in school means 3 backpacks.
3 backpacks mean triple the amount of STUFF: forms to fill out and return; permission slips; book orders; school lunch menus; and the ARTWORK. The MASTERPIECES. The CREATIONS.
I think what's making me anxious about this is that I don't have a System. A good way of organizing all the Stuff That Comes Home. Since Eldest started school, this has been my "system":
Yup, a drawer. Jam-packed. With just the papers I deemed "cute" or "original" or "awwwwwww". (Everything else got stealthily tossed in the darkness of night, with my children being none-the-wiser.)
But I also have this:
A cubby system (bought from here a few years ago- a cheap LLBean knockoff.) It is soooo not in back-to-school shape (as evidenced by the diaper wipes and the 237 ball caps being stored in it).
My dear readers, I need your help. How do you sort through the school
crap stuff that comes home every day? What do you save? (What are you saving it for?) And what do I need to do/have/buy to GET ORGANIZED for this upcoming school year?