For the most part, I no longer consider myself a packrat. I’ve actually gotten pretty good at getting rid of things we just. don’t. need.
When it comes to our school stuff, though, I just have to keep it. I tried throwing it away. Oh the guilt. It was unbelievable. So I keep the kids’ work.
You know, sometimes I get lazy and their papers pile up before I put them in their appropriate binders…
It happens. Sometimes life gets in the way OR I just don’t feel like putting papers where they go.
Anyway, each binder tends to look like this:
Each binder has a divider for each subject. Everything goes in order in its own divided area. I love it. 🙂
And you know? When we moved into this house and before I got the old binders put away, the kids actually enjoyed looking through their old work! They thought it was fun!
I guess the way I look at it – is that I’m their teacher. That’s unusual for your mom to teach you from kindergarten through 12th grade. It just is. I want to always have this ‘proof’, so to speak, that I taught my kids everything they know (by the grace of God). Does that make any sense to you? It’s not really a hassle for me to use my three ring hole puncher and put the work away.
So anyway – above my washer and dryer are these cubby-type shelves. They are PERFECT for storing old binders, for the time being. Eventually, I’ll get bins to store them. 🙂