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How to Organize School Papers

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of On-Cor. The opinions and text are all mine.

Do your kids come home from school with paper?  Homework, worksheets, notes, art the list goes on.  Organizing and making sense of what is important can be a daunting task. I have found that going through paper daily helps me avoid an unsightly pile on my counter and helps the whole family stay on top of school happenings.  This is how I organize school papers while cooking dinner.  That may sound impossible but hear me out; it’s actually manageable and the result is a clean counter, delicious dinner and organized papers. 

How to Organize School papers. A daily system that you can do while dinner is cooking.

That time after school and before dinner can be hectic.  My kids want to tell me about their day, homework needs to get done, some days we are running to activities and of course we all need dinner.   Taking a few minutes to go through my kid’s homework folder and sort through the papers is essential to controlling the clutter that piles up on my counter in the evening.  

I start by getting dinner in the oven.  Our go to, low prep meal is an On-Cor entrée like Lasagna with Meat Sauce.  They offer quality, multi-serve entrées that everyone loves.  Life’s demanding enough. Dinner shouldn’t be. On-Cor does the prep work, so you can take care of other to-do’s that need to-doing.  I love that the Lasagna with Meat Sauce uses real mozzarella cheese.  Plus, all entrées have no monosodium glutamate (MSG) added.

On-Cor Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Once our entrée is in the oven, I go through my kids papers while they tell me about their day or work on homework.  

Here’s how I organize school papers

  1. Take everything out and lay it on the counter.  I encourage my kids to tell me about their work and talk me through what they did that day.  These visual cues are good reminders.  
  2. Separate homework that needs to be done, notes that need responding, completed projects and work, and other.  
  3. Keep homework and notes that need action in a file.  We use a command center near our back door to file these types of papers.

Back to school command center with peg board and mason jar pen holder

4.  I keep writing pieces and big art projects.  Some of these get hung on the fridge, the rest go into a bin labeled for the school year.

Organize school papers using bins

5.  Recycle the remaining into scrap paper or toss it.  If it’s not something you want to look back on 5 years from now, it’s not worth keeping.

This process takes just a few minutes every night.  I get to hear about my kid’s day, see their work, and as a result my counter is clean!

If there is time while dinner is in the oven I wipe down my counters, often getting the kids involved, sweep the floors and set the table for dinner.

On-Cor Lasagna

Not being stuck in the kitchen cooking a lasagna from scratch allows me to catch up with my kids and housework.  When you have a busy night remember On-Cor is just a freezer away for an always easy, always satisfying and always ready solution for “one of those nights.”  For your next family meal, head to the freezer aisle of Meijer or check out the store locator at to pick up one of On-Cor’s entrées.

Cleaning and organizing is more fun when you have new tools to help you along the way. I am giving away this prize package to one lucky winner. All you have to do is comment on this post telling me what On-Cor entrée is your favorite or give me an organizing tip.


*This giveaway has ended*

On-Cor March Giveaway

Giveaway open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Winner will be selected from the comments at random on 3/16/18 nad notified via email.  Includes (1) Coupon Valid for One Free On-Cor Entrée (1) Organizational Glass Containers, (1) Scrub Brush, (1) Kids Cleaning Set, (1) Set of 4 Kitchen Towels, (1) Sink Caddy (ARV: $200)

I hope this post inspires you to organize school papers and try an easy and delicious On-Cor entree.  

Thanks for visiting!

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Theresa R Danna

Thursday 15th of March 2018

Our favorite On-Cor entree would have to be the lasagna. Fast, easy, and tastes very good. Handy to have in freezer on busy nights.


Wednesday 14th of March 2018

Oh I have to say our favorite is the Sliced Turkey and Gravy! I love making open faced sandwiches....with bread...then the turkey...then a scoop of mashed potatoes..and the gravy on top! So yummy and easy too!


Wednesday 14th of March 2018

My favorite is the barbecued pork riblets. We like to eat them on hoagie rolls, similar to the sandwich made popular by a major fast food chain. Also, the On-Cor barbecue sauce is good enough to drink!!


Wednesday 14th of March 2018

Sounds delicious, thanks for the idea.

Trish Musgrave

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

I have separate file folders for the kids school stuff (like art papers) and keep them in a filing cabinet. This definitely cuts down on papers randomly strewn throughout the house!


Tuesday 13th of March 2018

My favorite On-Cor entree is the Salisbury steaks those are so yummy. My best organization tip is to declutter first and donate what you don't use to a local charity. I like to use containers to keep things separated and easy to label and locate.

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