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File in style with these craftastic folders. Photo: Making Chicken Salad

With school officially in session all over the country, organization and paper filing are in full swing. There are permission slips, school reports, classroom artwork... so much to file! How do you keep track of it all? Here's what I'd do:

Upon the start of school, each child gets an expanding organizer, complete with tabs to organize the paperwork they'll be bringing home. It will give (a) your child a sense of responsibility and ownership, and (b) you some time away from filing endless paperwork! Why not make it into a fun craft night by following Katherine's fun fabric file folder tutorial (whew! Say that three times fast!).

Need more filing tips? Check out 8 Systems to Organize Your Mail and beat the clutter this fall. Paperwork is no longer a headache with the right filing system, and DIY makes filing fun and affordable!


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