Friday, January 22, 2010

Getting Organized

In my continuing quest to become more organized, I decided to ask Santa (my Mother in Law) for a laminating machine this year. I'm not really the type to go for lots of gadgets and gizmos, but when I decide I need something, I use it a LOT!

Recently my friend Amy Jo posted on her blog something about how many papers and craft projects her son comes home from school with. Then there's the dilemma of what to keep, what to toss. I was in the same boat here with Tia now in preschool. She brings papers home almost every day, and would be crushed if she ever saw me throw one in the garbage. I have been keeping a huge pile of all her school work on top of my refrigerator (so baby sister won't ruin them), and I thought "there has to be a better way".
Well, Santa came through with the laminator, and I was able to get started on the latest organizing project.

Here's the lovely specimen!

And here's what I'm doing with it these days.

I'm saving the important papers, then when I have a big pile, I laminate each of them. I use a 3-hole punch and put them all in a big binder. Tia was very excited to see her work preserved, and didn't notice at all that I have tossed a few pieces here and there (Shhh). We even included a couple paintings that Giuliana did in her little 2-year old class.
Now, don't ask me what I'm going to do with that big binder once it's full. I haven't gotten that far!


Amy Jo said...

Wow.. You're going to go through a lot of laminating pages with that project! Isn't that machine great? :) I'm glad you've got one.

I recycle most of J's papers. We only save the really really good ones in his special drawer. He doesn't seem to mind that 90% of his school work dissapears.

Ronda said...

I also toss a lot of stuff but have to do it when they're not looking!