There are a few questions you’ll have to answer to determine which solution will work best:
1. Where do you do your homework? In the kitchen? In the home office? In your bedroom?
2. Are you constantly needing items signed and reviewed by a parental guardian?
3. What are your retention guidelines? Do you keep graded papers to refer back to them? And conversely, do some papers need to be kept but not referred back to?
- For most spaces, I would suggest clear wall pockets. You can hang 1 or more and use each pocket for a different category. I like wall pockets because they can go just about anywhere and keep the space neat and clean.
- One wall pocket could be an inbox: papers to get signed, things to review. One could be an outbox: to house papers after they are reviewed and have yet to be taken back to school.
- You could also use the outbox for books that need to be returned, etc. Another wall pocket could be things to be filed or scanned.
- You could also do a tiered file sorter, stackable paper tray or magazine files if wall space isn’t available.
- For papers that need to be kept and referred back to, you could use a binder to store and easily access these papers (dividing them by categories using tabbed sections).
- I would suggest using an accordion file box or a portable file caddy for papers that need to be kept on record–or better yet, scan in papers and recycle the hard copy.
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