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Once kids begin school, they begin bringing home a lot of crafts, papers, and drawings that they make. Most of the papers end up in the garbage, but there are the few pieces that you want to keep. Many people need a solution to this problem that quickly grows out of control.
Making a file box for kids is the perfect way to keep children’s pictures, report cards, awards, drawings, crafts, or anything else sentimental that parents may want to keep. Or you can check out the app that allows for the same organization!
While growing up, I always thought it was fun going through my old school work and awards from younger grades. My mom kept everything in a box, not organized in any specific way. It was easier for me to guess which grade I was in when I did certain projects because I was younger and those memories were fresher in my mind. Now, if I went through my old work, I would have no idea how old I was when I did certain projects.
After my son began preschool, he was bringing home drawings, papers, and crafts daily and I had nowhere to put these things! I’d keep them for awhile, but it doesn’t take long until a home gets overrun with the crafts! Most of these projects went in the garbage. Then, we got basketball team photos for the team he was on. I wanted to keep the pictures, but I didn’t need to keep it displayed all the time.
I decided that I needed a good way to organize these things I wanted to keep, but didn’t need to keep on display. Already, I kept our personal documents, taxes, manuals, job information, health documents, any possible documents I would need on hand, I kept in a file box. I decided to use that same idea, but with my children’s things.
The only problem with using the same filing box for our personal documents and my children’s needs was the size!
Which file box is the best to make a file box for kids?
Why is a regular file box not the right size for kids’ projects? Because not all the crafts you want to keep are made of paper! I wanted a larger hanging file box holder that could accommodate the projects that have buttons, made of paper plates, or have pom pom balls on them. The things that don’t sit flat, can be kept in the larger file box, stay safe, and still be filed away.
With the type of projects I was thinking of, I went on a search for the right file box. I found this file box. It’s been perfect, so far, for holding my son’s projects from school. The large file box is absolutely needed for this project!
You can make it fancy with printing out the tabs or using a label maker. I have seen people put their child’s class information with teacher and class picture on each hanging file folder, but I did not do that with mine.
Want to capture more than just the artwork? Here is a great app for your phone to organize your kids’ projects!
Keepy is an app that allows users to upload pictures of their children’s artwork where you can keep all in one place.
Benefits of the app:
- Save pictures and videos
- You can add voice and/or text comments saved with each picture. If your child has a story with the picture, you can save the story right along with each piece of artwork.
- Add “Fans” for each child. Grandparents and both parents can view the saved pictures and can add voice or text comments on each picture or piece of artwork.
- You can order a variety of keepsakes from their store. (50% off of these items if you upgrade)
- Everything is organized by each child and by age.
- It’s an easy place to keep all the “firsts” of your child.
- The app makes it simple to pull up and browse your memories throughout the child’s life.
If you stick with the basic version of the app (which is free), you only get 5 uploads a month.
The app has the option of upgrading to unlimited to allow for unlimited storage and backup of all the artwork/pictures/voice comments/text comments for either a fee of $5.49/month or $9.99/year.
Don’t stop at organizing only the kids’ paperwork! Use this same idea to organize your personal documents!
Having a file box of our personal documents is very helpful when moving so often as a military family! The documents that we need are always found in the file box. The file box stays in our vehicle, and not the moving truck when we move. I keep the binder with our budgeting and essential worksheets in the file box also!
Use the file box or the app! Both work great for organizing the overload of papers in my house! It’s important for me to have everything organized. I hate having papers sitting on the tables. This file box method has saved me from throwing the papers that I keep in our armoire and forgetting about them! Having the file boxes allows for safe organization of all paperwork and keepsakes!