I love three ring binders. They are a life saver for me. I use them to keep my life organized. I also use them to keep my kids’ life organized.
I use three ring binders and sheet protectors to keep related items together. For examples:
• My published articles in newspapers or magazines
• All the appliance manuals
• Retirement and financial statements
For each of my two children, I gave them a three ring binder with plastic sleeves when they were born. I have been building a portfolio for each of them.
Each binder contains important documents from the birth to present – birth certificate, graduation certificate, school report cards, test results, yearbooks, awards, letters from teachers, etc.
My son‘s first binder was full when he finished 5th grade at age 11. So when he started 6th grade at Lake Middle School last year, I gave him a new binder. The transition from elementary to middle school was the perfect time to start a new binder.
I have a few binders that contain all their birthday or school pictures.
Another binder for frequent use contains all current information about their after school activities, practice and game schedules for sport. The binder keeps all papers in one place and is handy when I need to know quickly when and what about their activities.
When my kids grow up and leave home, each will have a portfolio to take with them, their life summarized in a few binders, neatly and orderly.