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Organizing Art Projects and School Papers

I love office products. They scream organization, and as a mother of 3, I need one of everything to keep my life in order. So I’m happy to partner with Staples, an M&T sponsor, on a few projects for this year and they are all about organization. First up are these fabulous new Better Binders. They have removable FileRings for even better organization.

Staples Better Binder

These binders are probably made for in an office setting, but as a busy mom, these are perfect for keeping my children’s papers organized! With all the crafting we do and the school paperwork they bring home, it’s starting to pile up. I’ve decided it’s time to take control over the piles and get organized.

I try to evaluate what papers I’d like to keep for memories. Some of it, I hate to say, gets put in the recycle bin. But there is special artwork, gifts, and other school papers I want to save. Especially the ones showing progress of work from each of my kids, writing their name, math work, essays on animals, etc. In comes our Better Binders, properly named “better”! When my kids come home from school with special papers or artwork, I now have the perfect place to store them.

Decorating Better Binders

Of course we had to keep things crafty and I let each of my children decorate their own binder. These binders have a little outside pouch for adding a front sheet and we used a few crafting tools to make each one unique.

Kids Crafting Binder Covers

The center FileRings are also removable. Once they are full up on saved papers, I can easily pop them out and add them to a file cabinet or box, simply adding in a new FileRing to their decorated binder. A very handy feature I’ve never seen before. More awesome for Mom! Three cheers for getting organized!

Children's Art Work Binder

See, just look how adorable my little 4 year old’s most recent work is? Look at those purple lips. This one’s a keeper, going in the binder!

Organizing Children's School work

For a little extra organization at your home, I’m happy to be giving away 3 of these binders to one lucky winner. Yippee! See below for how to enter.


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  1. No school work yet, but we keep other items organized by making sure they have a place

  2. I have very willy nilly organiziation of my child’s school & art projects…am in need of organizational materials!

  3. I try to employ the ‘one-touch’ rule for paper in the house. If I get a note from school that needs to be signed and sent back, I do it right then. If I open an envelope with a bank statement, I immediately recycle the envelope and file the statement. It helps eliminate the PILES of clutter that can add up so quickly in our busy household with three little boys!

  4. I keep the most important in a drawer i have for each child. But in the mean time some get hung up on the frig then recycled.

  5. I helped my little girl to decorate a big cardboard box where she keeps all her craft material, I’ts a good feeling to help them get creative from a young age. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great idea! Every year I buy a legal size accordian folder, then kind with the big elastic around it, and use that for school papers. I use a sharpie to write my child’s name, grade, and year on the outside.

  7. Each child has their own filing basket to organize papers. However, I think we need a better system.

  8. I usually scan or photograph (the pieces that are non 8.5 x 11) and get rid of the non-keepers this is a great way to store them until they make it into the scrapbooks. THanks for the chance to win!

  9. I need help. My kids each have their own tote but nothing is organized and everything is all over the tote. There is not organization for my 3 kids. We need it desperately.

  10. They get an artist’s portfolio to fill for the year and the stuff that isn’t kept gets pictured in my Artkive app then I’ll order a photo book for each of them to look at their stuff from the year.

  11. Papers are sorted everyday. Some go in recycling. Important papers get 3-hole punched and placed in a binder. Art work gets it’s picture snapped either alone or with the kid and then on the fridge until it get rotated out to either save or trash.

  12. I put them in a folder for the year, then pare through and put in manila envelopes once the school year is over. Love this idea thought.

  13. That’s a great idea! I’m always stumped for what to do with those papers, so we have too many stacks of paper laying around. Probably one of my top clutter problems. Thanks!

  14. I am a new Mom and don’t have any projects or school work to store yet but I am on the look out for ideas for the future!

  15. riht now I use a 12×12 scrapbook storage box but I can already tell it is not going to work. Everything gets in the box but it does not stay organized. I love the binder idea.

  16. I have a box for each kid but I love this idea of using a binder to keep things more organized (and make me weed out more items).

  17. I have to throw things out as they come in. Anything worth keeping (ie: unique art, writing projects) I have a filing bin for each boy. There are folders for each school year and everything goes inside!

  18. I was super organized when my daughter was in preschool – everything we wanted to save went into a binder. But now, it ends up in a box. I’d love some help!

  19. I have a file folder for each for current stuff, big envelopes for past stuff. As my kids are getting older, it still seems like too much! I’ve taken to taking pictures of some of the bulkier stuff and just recycling it.

  20. they each get a folder on our main level for weekly papers, then about every quarter i sort and store the good ones in a more permanent box in our basement.

  21. I keep things in file folders, usually provided byt the school as a “journal.” Luckily my guy is just getting started but the idea of a binder to keep track of homework is one I will have to remember in the years to come. Thanks!

  22. I have my children’s school work in hanging file folders by child, by school year in an oak file cabinet I purchased for $20 on Craigslist. I love being able to just pull out the drawer and find what I’m looking for.

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