There are five million papers that come through this house about 3:30 everyday. I used to keep EVERYTHING and put them in tubs. Each of my kids had their very own at the end of the year. It was ridiculous. It’s not practical, and it’s too much clutter. What works is to get a 2″ binder (as they get older, the binder can get smaller) and hole punch. As soon as we get home from school, I grab their stuff out of their back packs, ohhh and ahhh over them, and then put the important and great stuff in their binders. When they look away, I trash the other stuff. At the end of the school year, I place each of their binders in the storage room, and start again. I let them decorate the page that will go in front, or put a paper describing their year. I like for them to fill it out, so one day I will be able to remember their sweet little handwriting. Each year, I write a letter to them on a piece of notebook paper and place it at the front of their notebooks. I encourage them, tell them how much I love them, tell them why they are so special to us, and tell them specifically how I’ll be praying for them that year. They love to go back and revisit their previous years with this notebook.
P.S. If you read about Lucy, she has kept her room clean now for 263 days. How do you ask? I take her to lunch for every 10 consecutive clean room days. Works amazingly!!