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Kid’s School Papers Piling Up? Create a Holding Tank

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Dedicated Storage for Kids School Papers - North Texas Kids Magazine

Dedicated Storage Space for School Papers


It has been almost two months since school started and by now you probably have piles of school papers on your kitchen counter tops, dining table, or moving from place to place as you try to find them a permanent home.

Help has officially arrived. In my video below, I talk about creating a Holding Tank or dedicated storage space for your child’s papers. The location of the Holding Tank (one per child) should be close to where the papers enter the home and are processed. This could be in the kitchen, mudroom, garage, or living room, making sure that the tank is not so far away that the papers often do not make it to the holding area.

The physical Holding Tank is chosen based on a few rules. It must fit a typical student paper size and your specific location, and should look good depending on whether it is visible or hidden. Try using a cardboard box (least attractive), wicker basket, or the drawer system shown in my video. The papers will remain in the tank throughout the school year, and summer becomes the time to go through the papers and determine what is important to save for the future.

This simple system will corral school papers until it is time to make decisions. There is no real organization within the box except the basic order of oldest on bottom and newest on top. However, creating this dedicated storage space for school papers is one of the first steps in getting organized.

I do have a few suggestions for your Holding Tank. Try Sortera bins from IKEA. They stack well and have a hinged lid that keeps papers dust free in garage settings. Target has fabric Rubbermaid Bento Storage Boxes with pop-out dividers. Although you would not need the dividers for a Holding Tank, you have options for the future use of the boxes. Both products have the same price but offer very different looks and functions.

Creating dedicated storage space is just the beginning of getting your child’s school papers under control. It takes discipline on your part or that of your student to make sure the papers get to the Holding Tank as they come in the house. Getting organized is step one. Staying organized will result in less paper chaos around your home.


Lorraine Brock is a professional organizer, family coach, speaker, and founder and owner of Get Organized! Get Organized! is a professional organizing company in the Dallas, Texas area. Get Organized! specializes in organizing and de-cluttering homes as well as implementing systems in the home for better family management. A popular media guest, Lorraine has appeared on Dallas’ two top morning television shows: Good Morning Texas and Good Day Fox, and has been featured on various radio outlets. She has been hallmarked in many local, regional, and national print and online magazines, such as the Dallas Morning News, The North Texas Kids Magazine,, and Daily Candy Kids. To get more information about Lorraine, visit  You can connect with Get Organized! on Facebook, follow Get Organized! on Twitter and connect with Lorraine Brock on LinkedIn.



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