How to Organize Papers, Children’s artwork, Documents & More #Shopletreviews

As a mom and blogger, I find I am always collecting random papers, children's artwork, business documents, appointment slips, growth charts, and lots more! The list can go on and on! Surely there has to be a better way to organize papers of this nature than just throwing them into a drawer and forgetting about it until that drawer randomly explodes when you try to stuff just one more piece of paper inside! There are actually a lot of different ways to organize papers some require large filing cabinet and others are smaller; but all require some kind of office supplies to help get it done. But today I want to show you a portable way to organize papers; for those times you need to take them with you. 

A portable way to organize papers

I am always getting developmental papers from Jade's development therapy, her preschool, her therapists, medical offices, and lots more. These are important papers and quite often I need to have them with me when I go to a new evaluation or a new IEP meeting. I need to have them all localized together and within my reach.  So I got the C-line expanding file with handles to help me keep track of all the important papers I need for Jade's developmental progress. 

How to Organize Papers, Children's artwork, Documents & More #Shopletreviews

The expanding file has sturdy handles and a nice velcro closure. The closure is very important to me to help ensure none of my papers fall out and fly away in our crazy Idaho wind. The handles are attached firmly and are actually comfortable to hold. They aren't metal so they won't freeze your hands in the freezing Idaho weather; and they don't have any hinges to pinch your skin. 

How to Organize Papers, Children's artwork, Documents & More #Shopletreviews

The expanding file acts as an accordion and opens up allowing for ample room for lots of papers and easy access to each paper. It also has easy to label tabs so you can be sure to keep things organized according to category. 

How to Organize Papers, Children's artwork, Documents & More #Shopletreviews

How to Organize Papers, Children's artwork, Documents & More #Shopletreviews

This expanding file lets me put all of Jade's medical documents together, her preschool papers together, IEP paperwork together, and enough room for any future paperwork that will arise! I also have extra room that I can put the boy's school registration paperwork and medical histories here too! That way any time I go out to an appointment for any of my kids, I have all the paperwork I could need to reference right at my finger tips! Not to mention if there was a natural disaster and we had to evacuate, it would be really simple to just grab this expanding file and go; knowing I have all the important information I need to salvage. 

The only down fall to this product, is that the sheet dividers don't attach to the base of the file folder. Meaning you can put a paper into a file section and it can slide down and curve with the bottom of the file and if not caught can end up a wadded mess of papers at the bottom of the file. But this seems to be a common problems with products of this nature, as many competitive products have the same design flaw. 

Something smaller to help organize papers

As much as I have loved using the expanding file; sometime I need something a little smaller. When you need something to keep papers organized and protected, the next best thing is the C-line bound sheet protector presentation book

How to Organize Papers, Children's artwork, Documents & More #Shopletreviews

The sheet protector book can hold up to 12 standard size pages in the sheet protectors. Or 24 pages if you place one on front and one of back of each sheet protector. It also features a sturdy front and back cover yet is still flexible. It also allows the pages to lay flat while the book is open. 

How to Organize Papers, Children's artwork, Documents & More #Shopletreviews

It features a front flap that helps to hold any additional paper that you need easy access to. The 12 sheet protectors are securely attached to the center of the book and are the same quality you would find in any other sheet protector. I was originally planning on using this book to keep track of all of Jade's art work that she brings home from school; but upon further organization of the office, I think a better use would be to keep track of all the Crochet patterns and DIY tutorials I find and print off! Or even better yet; this would make a great activity book! Just put coloring pictures in the sheet projectors, and use the Crayola Dry erase crayons! They wipe right off of sheet protectors and this way I could have a great coloring travel book or quite book for Church! Oh, I like this idea! (Welcome to my brain storming moment that slipped into a blog post!) 

How to Organize Papers, Children's artwork, Documents & More #Shopletreviews

Another great feature is that it has a clear view spine insert, and you can print off spin inserts from C-line.com/template. This way you can label and have visible on the outside exactly what is on the inside. 

How to Organize Papers, Children's artwork, Documents & More #Shopletreviews

Multiple ways to organize papers with C-Line

No matter how you use the C-line products; whether for medical files, school presentations, children's art work, or even keeping track of business documents, you can rest assured of one thing. They are sturdy, well made, and will help make organizing papers quite simple! 

Simply insert the pages or documents into the sheet protector or the file slot and you are done! Write on the provided tab paper or the spine insert what is contained inside and you will always know where your important papers are! 

Even better is that they are both affordable with the expanding file only $11.94 and the sheet protector book only $3.20. Or you can get them for even less when you buy more than four at a time!

The C-line products at Shoplet are great for Moms, business owners, students, College students, Men, craft makers, hobbyists, and so many more; as the ideas of how to use them are endless! 

For me they  have both been great to help me keep track of important papers. And when I decide to change the use of one of them (as you can see will probably happen quite a lot with the sheet protector book) it is really easy to remove the papers I currently have in it and replace with the new purpose. Then just change out the spine insert and relabel it! Easy as can be!

How to Organize Papers, Children's artwork, Documents & More #Shopletreviews

Organizing papers doesn't have to be a long grueling process. When you have a great filing option; it makes a large mess become a small contained, organized, and handheld file expanding file. 

How do you organize papers for all your many walks of life? 


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free to facilitate this review in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.. All opinions are strictly my own and were not influenced.

About Amber Edwards

Amber is the owner & editor of JadeLouise Designs located in Wasatch Front of Utah near SLC. She is a stay at home mom to 3 kids; Jonathan (10) Talmage (9) and Jade (4), 1 dog and 1 cat. She loves to read, craft, bake, shop, travel, photography, and being a Mom and homemaker. She loves her family, and is passionate about sharing how to help families design a more family friendly lifestyle.

14 comments

  1. I don’t organize. I don’t know how to! My mom’s a hoarder, and everything I’ve learned about cleaning, organizing, and decluttering, I’ve learned from the internet. I’d love to see more about your system: Where do you store the folders? What do you toss, and how often do you go through papers to decide what to get rid of? And categories! I second the need more more information on categories.

  2. This is a great product, I am needing something like this to use for medical documents. I have 4 boys so you can imagine the mountain loads of medical bills and reports, check ups etc… so this would really simplify my life. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  3. When it comes to my kids’ artwork, I like to take photos of it, then size them down to fit 6 on a page… you can print them front and back and it takes up less room. Or, consider making a “blog book” using a site like Babble. But those files would be great during tax season, we always have so many W-2’s because as a freelancer I have lots of “employees…” it’s hard to keep track of everything!

  4. These are awesome! I have been looking for a better way to sort and organize my daughters medical info. (She was a preemie and she has multiple doctors to monitor her progress). Also like the idea to keep track of school papers. So many uses!!

  5. This would work for so many items . How nice. I am giving it a try. Its hard to part with any artwork! My boy write mommy love notes. It would work nicely for that.

  6. I Have put my kids keepsake papers in binders for a while & can say first hand this is one of the most helpful organizational ideas ever!thanks for sharing!

  7. Looks like a great product. We just have one file cabinet right now and its so disorganized. I could use this.

  8. Both of these are nice. I agree with you about the open bottom though. I have problems with that myself. I like presentation one the best. My granddaughter could use that for reports and such and it would look very well done and professional. Thanks for the review.

  9. I like the idea of keeping your children’s artwork in this!

  10. Great ideas. I could definitely use a little help with organization!

  11. Oh gosh, I could use several of these. Very handy!

  12. oooh I love the expanding file tote! That would come in handy both at home and on the go for my home business files!

  13. Dang, I thought you were going to share tips on what categories to use when filing, how long to keep things (at a min/max), what really is important to keep, etc. :-S Oh well, I guess that is the process we all have to learn on our own! Thanks for the expanding file and sheet protector book ideas! :)

    • Alycia, I keep trying to do something like that in an article…so it’s a work in progress; but every time I get going I stop myself and think….WAIT, maybe someone doesn’t want to get rid of that? or maybe that is too cherished to get rid of.” And i”m back to the drawing board. lol. Also, there is the issue of Dealing with the guilt of throwing away a child’s art work from when they were TWO and all it was was 2 lines on a paper. /sigh. Guilt. It’s a killer.

      And then when you run into people who have lost their child..they would long for all of those pages they lost and threw away….

      So…I’m still trying to find a balance on that article. I wonder if it will ever get done. lol.

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