MamaLA: Controlling The Chaos Of School Year Paperwork

Who needs a Trapper Keeper when you have School Day Binders?

If you are anything like us, you crave the organization you easily pulled off before having kids but feel like you are drowning in paperwork—your children’s paperwork, that is. No one was more organized than Yasmine (seriously, she had the families’ DVD collection broken down by genre and alphabetized while Soraya was still trying to get the basics filed somewhere—anywhere—safe post-babies) but she quickly saw how pervasive Mommy-brain can be when stacks of papers started cluttering her countertops. With a new school year upon us, the onslaught of paper is more evident than ever.

In searching for ways to corral the chaos before it literally piles up, we think we found the perfect solution: Buddha in The Closet’s “School Days Binders.” Sometimes we feel like we are supposed to keep every single piece of paper that has an attachment to our child. Multiply that by two, three, four kids or more and you are at serious risk of being deemed a candidate for Hoarding: Buried Alive… But The Buddha Girls (as we adoringly call them) have developed a guilt-free system to store important paperwork and keepsakes for school-aged children while weeding out the mounds of paper that upset the Zen in your household. 

Here’s how it works: Each child has their own set of just two binders, which take them from preschool through 12th grade. The binders are customized and tabbed for every grade level, then further broken down to hold materials regarding your child’s school, extracurricular, and other activities. These binders have forced us to toss papers we don’t need and easily file what we do need, things like school photos, report cards, performance programs, special notes, sports photos, and certificates.

At the end of the school year, you can weed out further and toss schedules and calendars that are no longer vital. What we love most about this system is that it is pretty affordable at $50 (for the set of two binders) and it is fully customizable to match your style and coordinate with other pieces from Buddha in The Closet’s Keepsake System collection. The best part: the effects go beyond having more open counter space; the method has inadvertently taught us to be more efficient with our time. We say Namaste to that.    

With seven children ranging in age from nine months to seventeen years between them, sisters and bloggers Yasmine Delawari Johnson and Soraya Delawari Dancsecs are experts at parenting in L.A. They take a break from PTA board meetings, cooking, and producing films to blog at CityThink each Thursday.