The end of the school year is finally here, for me and my three children. I am so glad this is the case because if any more papers are brought home I will have to have a whole new room added to the house to hold them.
In September I had a great system in place. As soon as someone brought something home I would read it. If it contained information about an upcoming event or homework, it was immediately put in my smart phone, planner and/or computer.
If the paper was something I needed to hold onto it was put in a pouch that was reserved specifically for that child. If it didn’t fit into any of those categories, it was thrown away. Art work was a little more difficult but it was put into their pouch and on a weekly basis I would clean everything out.
As the year progressed, the paper pile grew. I would put a paper from school on the kitchen table and plan to look at it later and put it where it needed to go. The problem grew when one paper turned to 10 and on and on. It slowly grew into a pile and quickly turned into two. I took the piles and tossed it on my unused desk and the piles grew even more.
Important papers were lost and dates where missed. This last week has been a challenge because I am trying to keep three kids' end of school activities straight as well as my own. I did make it to my son’s kindergarten picnic Tuesday.
I now have to remember to attend my daughter’s picnic on Thursday and remember that my kindergartener’s last day is Thursday, not Friday, like my other two.
How do you mommies out there keep your child’s lives organized?
Next year will be much better; I am not letting this get out of control again!