Keeping the kids’ school work neat and organized can be a challenge. I have a sure fire way to tame the clutter and keep it organized.
*Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
Every school year I have the best intentions to save some of my son’s school work. I have a box that I keep in the kitchen where I stash his drawings, stories (he loves to write mini-books) and other keepsake items.
But at the end of the school year, I end up with a heaping pile of assorted papers, projects (like a playdoh volcano) and other items. I used to just stash the paperwork in a file box and stack it in my basement.
This year, though, I found a system that allows me to *neatly* organize all of my son’s school work. The Office Storage System from The Bin Warehouse is a compact storage solution that allows me to neatly file and store all of those precious school memories.
The Bin Warehouse storage unit is made of light-weight, PVC tubing and holds up to 18 storage boxes (either cardboard file storage boxes, printer paper boxes or The Bin Warehouse’s Fold-A-Totes). You just need to assemble it with a power screwdriver.
I like that the unit is made of sturdy plastic because it won’t rust or get marked up if kept in the garage or basement. And, it’s perfect if you live in humid climates where metal shelving will rust easily.
I also like the unit is made up of “cubbies”because, unlike other storage shelving, this one won’t become a landing spot for clutter.
Each unit is sturdy enough to hold up to 1,000 pounds, yet light enough for me to move it on my own. It even comes with brackets to affix the unit to your wall for safety.
This unit was just what I needed to organize all of my son’s memory boxes.
Here’s how I organized our paperwork:
I started by labeling each box with these cute printables. There is one for each grade (preschool to 12th grade) and two blank labels for custom labeling. Each label has a space for the child’s name, teacher and school year. You can download the free printable below.
If you use the Fold-A-Tote, there is a clear plastic window where you can insert the printable. If you are using a different type of box, you can affix the label to the front and cover it with clear packing tape.
I placed the school work from each year in the appropriate box and placed the boxes in the storage system. I loved that bins, boxes and totes slide in and out with ease!
As I mentioned above, you can use standard file boxes or copy paper boxes with this system. Or, you can use the Bin Warehouse’s custom Fold-A-Tote.
These sturdy, yet flexible boxes are made of lightweight canvas. And, since I’m storing my boxes in the basement, I love that they are moisture and mildew resistant so my precious memories will stay clean and dry.
Each tote has two heavy duty handles to make lifting easy and the lid and PVC panels attach with velcro and fold quickly when not in use.
Check out this cute video featuring Earl the Squirrel:
The Office Storage System and Fold-A-Totes from Bin Warehouse are definitely a keeper! Our memories and paperwork have never been more organized! You can get more information on The Bin Warehouse here.
Get the free printables here:
- Preschool through 1st grade
- 2nd grade through 5th grade
- 6th grade through 9th grade
- 10th grade through 12th grade