3 Mistakes Dealing With Kids Papers
I will admit it. I was not the best remote learning teacher. At first, I was all excited with my charts and schedules, but they lasted for about 2.5 days. I got to the point where I simply asked my kids to do some reading, writing and a little math and I called it good! 🙂
As hard as remote learning seemed some days, one thing that I did enjoy was that there were no school papers coming into our home! Yay for silver linings!
Now that the school year has ended, it is a great opportunity to go through the papers from the year and get things organized for whatever the next school year brings.
Before we know it, we will be back rushing around and as a mom of 2 school aged girls, I know firsthand how crazy papers can make you feel.
The endless pieces- some important, some you are not even sure what to do with so you just put them in piles. You then can’t find them when you need them or you find them months later never to have been touched.
I totally get it!
The key to managing kids’ papers is consistency and having a place to put the papers that is easy to place and easy to find- just as I outline in my FREE guide.
I see a lot of people take these papers and unnecessarily move them from pile to pile.
the 3 most common mistakes I see when it comes to managing kids’ papers are:
Delay in dealing with the paper
After school is a busy time, but when we put off dealing with papers we tend to just throw them into piles saying “I will deal with them later”, but later never really comes. Finding a consistent time, and making it a habit, to deal with them each day will help to avoid missing important deadlines and messy piles. I have found that an organized entryway has helped me to make this the first thing we do when we walk in the door.
Holding on to every paper
Maybe people feel that they need to keep every paper “just in case”, when in actuality, you don’t need to keep it. We often move these papers to piles only to find them there months later never being touched. There are many ways to keep the information– dates, times and other details without holding onto every last piece of paper. Try an app, calendar entry or take a pic and toss the paper!
If you determine there is a piece of paper, such as a permission slip or a pledge form, that is necessary to hold on to, it is difficult to keep track of because it doesn’t have a designated place to live while in your home. This makes it hard, and time-consuming when it is time to find it. Create a space that is your go-to spot to place all school papers so you can easily manage them when they are coming in and going out of your home.
I especially love to use a vertical file organizer and create a file for each kiddo- avoids the piles and keeps me organized!
I am realistic and know how hard it can be to take something and implement it in your home. This is why I organized (wink, wink) all of this information into a quick guide to help you manage kids papers.
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