Every. Single. Day. My kids come home with a mountain of papers. I stand at the kitchen counter and admire each one with them until they are safely upstairs and I can decide whether I want to actually keep anything. The first ones to hit the recycling bin are the half-drawn doodles that clearly happened when they had 5 minutes in-between activities and were handed a piece of paper and a crayon. Then I flip through the worksheets... If it has a sticker or a note saying "WOW! Definitely going to Harvard!" I'll keep it. The other 99% go into the recycling bin to keep the doodles company.

The more difficult decisions happen with actual artwork and projects. My general rule of thumb is that I hold on to anything personalized (portrait, handprints, what they're thankful for over the holidays, etc), and anything I actually like and think I'll want to have in the future. If you're feeling uncertain about something in particular, just hang on to it since you'll go through everything a second time before the next school year starts!

For instance... I'll keep this because it's portrait of our family, with the additional bonus of Stella making me look tall and skinny with a good outfit and a hand on my hip.



STEP 1

Select a sentimental storage box for each child to hold all their items from the school year. This can be papers, tests, artwork - whatever comes home that feels special. Add a label so you know which box belongs to which child!



I like using the white Stockholm Boxes above, but use whatever works best in your home and for the amount of stuff you need to store!

STEP 2

Throughout the school year, put everything you're keeping directly into the designated box, but try your best to edit the items down! Not EVERYTHING is a keeper, and it will make the end-of-year clean-out much easier!

Important to note that these boxes should be accessible since you will want to add to them on a daily or weekly basis. I keep mine in our office, but putting them in the mudroom, front hall closet, or even in the kitchen, also works!

STEP 3

Select stackable storage bins that adequately hold your items (remember that some projects are oversized and bulky!) and won't be a burden to store in your home. I keep my storage bins in the attic, but find a spot that makes sense for your space and will allow you to grow the collection.



These particular bins are from Target, and they are the perfect dimensions for the artwork my kids bring home.

STEP 4

At the end of each school year, or at the start of a new one (or in October because you’ve been too busy and putting it off), go through each box and transfer the items you definitely want to keep into the storage bin. Think of the sentimental box as the year-long holding spot for all the “probably keep” items, and the storage bin as the “definitely keeping” items.



STEP 5

Make sure to add a label so it’s easy to spot if you ever want, or need, access! I hear Kindergarten photos make excellent full page ads in high school yearbooks, so I want mine to be easy to find!

TIP: It's fine to add to a box if it isn't completely full. Stella's Kindergarten box was filled to the brim, so I labeled it accordingly and it will go into storage. Sutton's box is only half full, so I labeled in "Preschool" because I plan on adding this year's items as well!



PRODUCT RECAP

Stockholm Document Boxes
Sterilite Storage Bins
Sharpie Paint Markers
and since everyone seems to be asking... my rug! 

MORE OPTIONS

If you are tight on space, or only want to hold on to the bare minimum, we suggest taking a photo and creating a book instead. The Artkive app is great for this since it caters specifically to this purpose, but you can also use a traditional photo book company like Chatbooks or Shutterfly. These books make great gifts for grandparents, so it takes care of your storage needs and gifting needs at the same time!

Here is my real-time school year purge that I documented on Instagram Stories in case you missed it!



XO, Clea

THE Wooden Hanger Packs

You’ll love our new Wooden Hangers because…

They are the slimmest and sturdiest wooden hangers you’ll ever find (we made sure of it!)They come in two shades (natural or black) in 12 or 30 packs! Matching sets are the simplest way to elevate your closet!They are slip-proof for pants, shirts, dresses, etc!Each hanger can hold up to 90 pounds (aka perfect for storing winter coats, duvets, anything bulky!)They are waterproof and won’t warp (aka you can hang your hand wash items on them to dry!)

Suggested Products
The Home Edit Hanger with Non-Slip Pant Bar, Black, Pack of 12
The Home Edit Hanger with Non-Slip Pant Bar, Black, Pack of 12
The Home Edit Hanger with Non-Slip Pant Bar, Natural, Pack of 12
The Home Edit Hanger with Non-Slip Pant Bar, Natural, Pack of 12

THE Canister Packs

You’ll love our new Canisters because…

They are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe!You’ll be able to clearly see when you are running low on your favorite snacks!We added an airtight snap lid for added freshness. The snap sound is what ASMR dreams are made of!You can buy them in packs!They stack! They save space! They make life so much easier!

Suggested Products
The Home Edit 3 Piece Canister Edit
The Home Edit 3 Piece Canister Edit
The Home Edit Small Canister, Pack of 6
The Home Edit Small Canister, Pack of 6
The Home Edit Medium Canister, Pack of 4
The Home Edit Medium Canister, Pack of 4
The Home Edit Large Canister, Pack of 4
The Home Edit Large Canister, Pack of 4

THE Label Packs

You’ll love our new Label Packs because…

They are adhesive,water-resistant, and fully removable!Each label features our signature script in crisp white ink!You’ll have a clear guideline of the most common categories in the pantry and general home!

Suggested Products
The Home Edit Clear Pantry Labels, Pack of 24
The Home Edit Clear Pantry Labels, Pack of 24
The Home Edit Clear Home Organization Labels, Pack of 24
The Home Edit Clear Home Organization Labels, Pack of 24

THE XL Bin

You’ll love our new XL Bins because…

They are the same size as two of ourlarge bins! Double the storage, double the fun!They are stackable!Chances are, if you name it, the XL bin can contain it! Sweaters in a closet, stuffed animals in a playroom, just to name a few.

Suggested Products
The Home Edit XL Bin
The Home Edit XL Bin
The Home Edit XL Bin, Pack of 2
The Home Edit XL Bin, Pack of 2

THE Large Drawer

You’ll love our Drawers because…

They offer a drawer solution anywhere you wish you had a drawer!They blend the functionality of stackable storage with the full visibility of a clear bin!You can buy them as a pack of 2!If you decide you no longer need the drawer component, remove the frame and now it’s an open bin!Yes, they stack!

Suggested Products
THE Large Drawer
THE Large Drawer
The Home Edit Large Drawer, Pack of 2
The Home Edit Large Drawer, Pack of 2

THE Kitchen Drawer Edit

You’ll love our new Kitchen Drawer Inserts because…

They are the longer, slimmer version of theinserts (or baby bins)you already know and love!Perfect for silverware, cooking tools, and even colored pencils in a craft drawer!

Suggested Products
The Home Edit 6 Piece Kitchen Drawer Edit, Plastic Storage System
The Home Edit 6 Piece Kitchen Drawer Edit, Plastic Storage System

THE Desktop Edit

You’ll love our new Desktop Edit because…

You can mix and match the different pieces to fit your needs! Includes a base tray, pen holder, 1 small bin, and 1 small bin with a dividerIt’s perfect for storing items you access on a daily basis, whether it’s for supplies on your desk or makeup on your vanity!

Suggested Products
The Home Edit 4 Piece Office Desktop Edit
The Home Edit 4 Piece Office Desktop Edit

THE Office Drawer Edit

You’ll love our new Office Drawer Edit because…

It includes large, medium, and small inserts WITH REMOVABLE DIVIDERS!!You’ll be able to subcategorize your subcategories if needed!The inserts fit perfectly inside our Walmart bins and drawers! So many options!

Suggested Products
Clear Plastic Desk Drawer Organizers - 6 Pack
Clear Plastic Desk Drawer Organizers - 6 Pack

THE Beauty Drawer Edit

You’ll love our new Beauty Drawer Edit because…

It includes 8 Insert Bins: Large (x 2), Medium (2x), Medium with Removable Dividers (2x), and Small (2x)You’ll be able to separate your smaller categories with the dividers (aka never mistake eyeliner for an eyebrow pencil again!)

Suggested Products
The Home Edit 8 Piece Beauty Drawer Edit
The Home Edit 8 Piece Beauty Drawer Edit

THE Hair Tool Organizer & Bin Edit

You’ll love our new Hair Tool Organizer & Bin Edit because…

You’ll no longer have to deal with tangled cords, misplaced combs, etc!It includes a heat-resistant tray, making it possible to store your hot tools as soon as you’re finished using them!It‘s stackable and modular! (We recommend stacking anarrowand alarge binon top where you could store other hair products and accessories!)

Suggested Products
The Home Edit Hair Tool Bin with Silicone Insert
The Home Edit Hair Tool Bin with Silicone Insert

THE Hairband Holder

You’ll love our new Hairband Holder because…

You can place it on your vanity to display your favorite headbands!It also fits perfectly insideThe Home Edit Large Bin!It’s so easy to assemble/disassemble!

Suggested Products
The Home Edit Headband Organizer
The Home Edit Headband Organizer

THE Narrow Bin with Slider Tray

You’ll love our Narrow Bin with Slider Tray because…

You can use the top tray to store the smaller items you need at a moment’s notice without losing access to the contents below!

Suggested Products
The Home Edit Narrow Bin with Slider Tray
The Home Edit Narrow Bin with Slider Tray

THE Hair Accessories

You’ll love our new collection of hair accessories because…

Why wouldn’t you?!Each piece is gentle and slip-proof for all-day wear, and inspired by our love of bright colors and fun patterns!

Suggested Products
The Home Edit Knotted Fashion Headband in Purple Pleated Satin
The Home Edit Knotted Fashion Headband in Purple Pleated Satin
The Home Edit Knotted Headband with Stone Detail in Yellow Satin
The Home Edit Knotted Headband with Stone Detail in Yellow Satin
The Home Edit Wide Knotted Fashion Headband in Bright Pink Satin
The Home Edit Wide Knotted Fashion Headband in Bright Pink Satin
The Home Edit Knotted Headband in Cherry Print on Blue Canvas
The Home Edit Knotted Headband in Cherry Print on Blue Canvas
The Home Edit Braided Satin Headband in Colorful Polka Dot Print
The Home Edit Braided Satin Headband in Colorful Polka Dot Print
The Home Edit Knotted Headband in Lemon Print on White Canvas, 1ct
The Home Edit Knotted Headband in Lemon Print on White Canvas, 1ct
The Home Edit Braided Fashion Headband in Vibrant Green Satin, 1ct
The Home Edit Braided Fashion Headband in Vibrant Green Satin, 1ct
THE Scrunchies
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Yellow Faux Leather and Lemon Print, 2ct
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Yellow Faux Leather and Lemon Print, 2ct
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Blue Faux Leather and Cherry Print
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Blue Faux Leather and Cherry Print
The Home Edit Faux Leather Scrunchies in Light and Dark Purple
The Home Edit Faux Leather Scrunchies in Light and Dark Purple
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Pink Faux Leather and Polka Dot Satin
The Home Edit Scrunchies in Pink Faux Leather and Polka Dot Satin
THE Hair Clips
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Light Blue and Cherry Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Light Blue and Cherry Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Pink and Polka Dot Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Pink and Polka Dot Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Yellow and Lemon Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Solid Yellow and Lemon Print
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Shades of Light and Dark Purple
The Home Edit Jaw/Claw Clips in Shades of Light and Dark Purple

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