Digitize your kid's artwork and school papers to reduce clutter
School's almost back in session (for us at least -- I bet for some of you school has already begun), which means the avalanche of paper is about to begin. Here's how Louise, a former kindergarten teacher, deals with it:
I struggled under the weight (mentally and physically) of all the artwork and schoolwork that my four and six year-old sons bring home every day. For a while I kept it all, fearing that the one thing I threw out was the thing they would miss. When reality set in and I was buried under paper I moved on to throwing things out on the sly, but didn't feel good about that either. Finally I hit upon a solution. I hold onto all the childrens' artwork for a month and then I take digital pictures of it all and keep perhaps one or two pieces (either my or their pick) to save in an art folio. My older son's paperwork from school I scan using the Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner (which we LOVE), and then archive it all on discs. I have a record of their progress, and don't have to make room in our full house for a paper explosion anymore.