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Organizing Kids Homework and Cleaning the Junk

Now that school is underway and some time has past, I am getting more emails from moms wondering what to do with all of the junk the kids have in their backpacks. Do we keep it or throw it out?

This may help you sort through the mess and show the kids the value of organizing their papers.
Use a cardboard box, Bankers Box or a two drawer filing cabinet to store the valuable papers (yes, some papers are worth saving). Have a garbage bag handy for junk and abinder ready for the precious stuff!
Everyday or at least once a week, have a 'backpack tidy' part of your day!
Sort through the papers and make a pile to file, one for keepsakes, one for things to handle now and one for junk.
The 'pile to file' are the test papers, essay papers and any charts, reports or notes (more on this part next week).
In the category of 'keepsakes', it would have pictures the kids made, possible camera pictures of special projects that they exceled with etc. These can be kept in a binder for a nice rememberance for each grade. These are great for kinds to take along to class reunions, later in life!
'Handle Now' would entail all of the papers that the kids couldn't find when you were supposed to sign something and send it back to school, the PTA meeting that is today etc.
All of the rest is junk and 'get rid of it now'!
Get the kids used to organizing thier backpack once a week and you will always have it clean, their papers will be organized for studying for tests etc, cherished memories will be kept in a safe place, garbage will be gone for good instead of lurking in the bottom of the bag and it will be a lot lot lighter for them to carry!
Happy organizing and cleaning!
Jan offers tips and hints on organizing and cleaning your home, office and the junk in your life at http://www.organizingandcleaning.com

posted on: 10/2/2009 10:00:00 AM by Jan Hayner
category: Homes

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Take The Stress Out Of Housecleaning

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Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer and the creator of www.organizingandcleaning.com filled with tips and hints on home organizing and house cleaning shortcuts. After years and years of making mistakes and wasting money she has used her own experiences to help take the stress out of life. There are so many shortcuts to cleaning and organizing, that when you apply them, you will have time for the fun things in life!

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