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Handling Kindergarten Paperwork

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Updated on Sep 18, 2008

3. Keep your information in a practical home “headquarters.” As a professional organizer, Robertson says with a laugh, “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen clients put this stuff in a third floor office where it just ends up coated with dust.” Instead, she advises, store this key information in a binder or a hanging file—one per child—in a place where you spend a lot of time. “Don’t fool yourself,” she says, “It’s going to be the kitchen.” Tuck it away near the phone and it will be ready for action any time you need it.

4.Give yourself permission to throw things out. Sure, you may have plans for ornate scrapbooks, but even then, you can’t put everything inside. “Only keep papers,” says Krolik, “that will TRULY hold value…those that will provide insight into who kids were at this age.” For artwork, she suggests taking a photo of your son or daughter holding each masterpiece, rather than keeping every piece they bring home. And “if your child is a prolific Picasso, each time they bring home a portfolio of their latest endeavors, have them choose one or two pieces for keepsake or display. Designate a large frame or wall space to display their favorite piece each week. Really play up the importance of what you display and hopefully they will feel okay about letting the rest go.”

Above all, says Robertson, remember that for everyone in the home, and especially your child, these organizing efforts will pay off many times over. As for the idea that kindergarten kids are too little to participate? Not on your life, says Robertson. “The organizing principle that you’re teaching is, ‘everything has a home.’ There’s going to be a lot less anxiety once everyone knows where things are…Kindergarten is the best time to learn. Start them off right!”

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