Every scribble from your pint-sized Picasso may seem worthy of your permanent collection -- until you find yourself drowning in stacks upon stacks of glittery, gluey masterpieces. Unless you have unlimited storage or you’re looking to end up on the next episode of Hoarders, you’ll need to cull through the dioramas and stick-figure family portraits to reach a manageable collection. Try some of these smart strategies road-tested by professional organizers and moms.
Save What Fits It’s easy for paper to overtake your kitchen or home office if you don’t set limits. Instead, set aside a binder or a box (whatever you have room for) and restrict the amount you save for a year to that amount of space. If it starts to overflow, thin out until you’ve got it under control. Deciding beforehand how much storage you’ll devote keeps you honest.