Avoid a Paper Explosion
Even though Amanda Blake Soule, author of the crafty and creative blog Soule Mama, homeschools her five children throughout the year, September still signifies a beginning. So at the end of every August, she gathers all the artwork, stories and poems her children have created over the past year. They look it all over and stash a few pieces away for safekeeping. It can be tough to decide what to keep, but Soule usually holds onto things she knows her children were particularly proud of or worked especially hard on, and items she thinks her kids will love seeing in 20 years. She writes the child's name, age and year in pencil on the back, and saves them in this extra-large folder, one for each child.