Your life is busy enough without having to think about creating a scrapbook for all the great works your kids bring home from school. If you're super-crafty and blessed with extra time, then you may want to skip this article, for I am about to tell you how to make the lowest-common-denominator, no-fuss Great Works Keeper. The goal is to get the things you want to save stored away as quickly as possible.
1. Choose a container with easy access -- the kind of container you can pop open with one hand and shove the paper in with the other. (If you can whistle "Dixie" at the same time and cook dinner, all the better...) Some of our favorites include: • an expanding file with a cover • a plastic see-through "sweater" box with an easy-lifting lid
2. Mark them clearly with your child's name, grade and year. If you feel up to letting your kids decorate them, your container becomes a nice time capsule.
3. Place them somewhere handy, but out of the way. The bottom of a coat closet, or a nearby cupboard are all good -- just don't squirrel them so far away that it becomes a production to fetch the boxes when you need to store things.
4. Now that you've got extra free time, you can finally get your photographs in order!