Our Favorite Way to Organize School Papers (Free Printable Labels Included!)

You’ll love this school paper organizer to keep all the documents from the year neatly stashed in one spot.

finished school paper organizer storage bin

Looking for a better way to organize your child’s school papers & memories this year? 📚🤓

Storing keepsake papers, awards, report cards, artwork, etc. can become so overwhelming for a parent. While you’d like to keep everything, realistically that isn’t always possible.

Unless you make a school paper organizer! This way you’ll be able to hold everything in one place and stay organized!

Consider setting up a system before the school year starts, so you’ll be able to easily organize those memories all year long!

school paper organizer for kids' papers

I’d like to say that I’m an organized person, but in all honestly, I’ve always struggled with paper clutter and knowing what to do with my children’s “stuff.” For instance, I have papers stashed in my office, the kitchen, their rooms, and even the garage.

With that said, I’m working on this paper storage project to get myself motivated to identify the BEST pieces to hold onto, and so far it’s working!

woman pulling a paper from a binThis easy filing system keeps only the very best memories of each school year and stores them all together in a plastic hanging file bin for each child. This school paper organizer solution has been such a helpful idea for me, and it’s working out great for our family!

I’m sharing these FREE printable labels and cover sheets to print and organize a hanging file bin for your kids, too!

printables for school paper organizer

supplies needed to create school paper organizer

School organization storage file box

DIY School Paper Organizer




Fill out the hanging file cover sheets for each grade including year, teacher, school, etc., and attach a school photo for each year. Glue or tape to the front of a hanging file.


Attach labels for each school year to file folders. If desired, you can create multiple file folders for each year and separate them into different categories such as schoolwork, artwork, awards, etc. File papers according to each grade level.


Label the bin with your child’s name. Feel free to use a marker, or save this blank label with a school supply border and open it in an image editor to add text. I used PicMonkey.com, an online editing tool, to add text to images. The font pictured is called Yesteryear.

filing system for school paper organization

This paper storage system is really easy to keep up with once you have it all set up!

Honestly, I wish I would have done this classroom paper organizer years ago when my first child started school. I love looking back at all my kids’ special writing assignments and memories, and I know that they will too in the future!

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