I don't know if this totally relates to what you're talking about, but I always found that I couldn't bear to throw construction paper scraps away, but putting them all into a big box never seemed to work; ended up as a crumpled mess that got tossed eventually, anyway. What I do now is, I have a number of lunchroom trays that were in my art room when I started my present job. I set them out when I'm doing a construction paper project; scraps go back on the trays; one tray per color. When the project is done, I just stack the trays up and put them on a shelf. I have kept these trays going for 6 years, believe it or not, and feel like I waste very little construction paper this way. If I want to do a collage project, I don't have to start with fresh pieces of paper. I do the same thing with tissue paper pieces.
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