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How to Get Organised for the End of the School Year

It’s that time of the year again, the end of the school year! There is no doubt that your child’s school stuff contains a wealth of goodies. But only some things are valuable. So getting rid of the obvious unwanted items is the simplest way to start organising for the end of the school year.

Examples of items you can discard without a second thought include duplicate items, notes, worksheets, quizzes, outdated calendars, PTA meeting reminders, and other time-relevant materials that have become obsolete. 

Clearly, there is a lot to dispose of and a lot to keep. So how do you determine the magic number?

Organise Backpack

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Your kids’ backpacks fill up with various school projects, exercise books, textbooks, art supplies, and everything else as the school year comes to an end. This is the perfect time to introduce your kids to the practice of organising.  Make sure you have a method for managing all the extra items your kids bring home.

Have your kids take everything out of their backpacks in a particular room or area within the house, and then go through it together to ensure everything is organised correctly.

When the school year finishes, check the condition of the backpack and ask your kids if they want to use it the following year. After that, you can clean it for the next school year if they agree or donate it.

Organise School Papers

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You’ll want to arrange it, regardless of how much of your kids’ school stuff and assignments you decide to save. There are several approaches to this. You can use memory boxes, storage bins, or binders to organise school papers. With this, you can quickly reduce the end-of-school mess. Instead of tossing the papers they don’t need into the rubbish, you can put them away to be recycled for school work such as paper mache.
Additionally, you can donate school clothes and shoes that are still in good condition or that your child has outgrown to Goodwill op shops.

Storing School Supplies

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At the end of the school year, ordering school supplies like notebooks and textbooks is much simpler. Rather than doing it at the start of the new academic year. You can store new supplies away, so kids don’t find them and damage them before school starts. Go over the book lists and cross anything your children already own and can re-use. Then place an online order for the items they need but don’t have or visit a nearby Officeworks.

Listen to Bonnie to learn more about organising the school stuff that comes home at the end of the year.

Susie

Luke and Susie with you for Faith Family Culture. And Luke, end of year. We have three children and they all bring.

Luke

It funny, we had three children at the start of the year as well, Susie.

Susie

They all bring bag loads of stuff home at the end of the year. And I’ve just been cleaning out the walk-in road, which is where I’ve got some storage space and I’ve got stack of other school stuff in there. So we’re coming to Little Miss Organised for some advice today.

Luke

Stuff, stuff. School stuff everywhere.

Susie

Is that stuff school stuff?

Luke

All right. It may not be spring, but let’s do some spring cleaning.

Susie

Bonnie Black is a Little Miss Organised and helping us sort through all the school stuff today. How are you going, Bonnie?

Bonnie

I’m well. How are you, too?

Susie

Yeah, good.

Luke

Awesome.

Susie

There’s school stuff galore, there’s art projects, there’s school stationery coming back home. What do we do?

Luke

Rubbish bin.

Bonnie

Ouch. All that hard work and effort to throw straight into the bin. How could you?

Luke

I’m sorry. I’m not a horrible person, buddy.

Bonnie

Yes, your children might think so. And I think the first thing that we actually need to do when all that stuff comes home from school is sit down and celebrate with our child. Spend that 10 20 -30 minutes. Get them to open up all their books and to show you what are the things that you’re proud of this year? What are the stories that you’ve written, the drawings that you’ve done. Show me what you really want to celebrate and just spend that time honouring their achievements, because it’s been a pretty hard year.

Susie

Yes. And they do they work really hard on these things. And I think that’s a beautiful place to start, just to, actually take some time and look at it and care about the work that they’ve done.

Bonnie

Absolutely. Because they have spent all year long struggling through learning new things, overcoming challenges. And if we just dismiss it and put it all in a box and say, yes, we’ll do it, that one day, that actually doesn’t stop and appreciate the effort that’s gone in. And even if you’ve had, like, a rough year and your child hasn’t put as much effort in as you would like, they still need to be validated and know that you love them, that you appreciate them, and that it’s unconditional. It doesn’t matter whether they got an A or a D. 

Luke

Then you’ve done that what do you do with it?

Bonnie

So then you get them to pick and you work out what your number is. So, for me, I usually say half a dozen at max. And that could be a range of drawings or stories or things like that. More of the creative side of things is usually the way to go, rather than the hundred times tables or the spelling list from each week or something like that.

Something that shows a little bit more creativity and get them to pick that half a dozen to twelve pages and either take a photo, scan it in, tear those pages out and pop them into something like an expander file where you’ve got one little slot for each year. So at the end of their schooling you can say, here’s all those half a dozen things from each year that were really special and important to you. So you’ve got like a snapshot of each school year.

Luke

So normally Little Miss Organised stops us from hoarding stuff and keeping stuff stored that we don’t need. And but on this you’re saying keep some stuff. So how much is too much? When does it stop being this nice memorabilia and become just stuff?

Bonnie

When everything is special, then nothing is special.

Luke

That’s right in the rubbish spin is where we got to put all this.

Bonnie

The whole point of it is to go narrow and deep rather than wide and shallow. So when you’re picking just a handful of half a dozen pages that shows, okay, this is the snapshot of my best efforts for 2020. And then you can look over each year, progressively prep all the way through to grade twelve and go, okay, this is the snapshot for each year. This is how I grew with my writing, with my creative drawing, things like that. So even though organising is about getting rid of the things that we don’t need, there is definitely a place for sentimentality in our life.

Luke

See, Susie always just says, I hoard electrical cords and I can now just go, no, I’ve just saved my special half a dozen from every year of my life. There they are.

Bonnie

That’s totally fine. But that means there’s going to be other collections that you have that Susie can say, well, which is more important to you, Luke, your power cord collection or your tie collection?

Luke

We need to go before you elaborate too far.

Susie

I love that. I think that’s a great way to handle the end of year and it means we’re not too cluttered, but we do have the memories there. Beautifully done, Little Miss Organised-Bonnie Black, thank you for your time.

Bonnie

Thanks for having me.

Conclusion

When deciding what to keep at the end of the school year, it is useful to have a list of valuable items, but only some things need to be saved. Work through the list with your child and decide on the items with the most need and sentimental value.

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