What do you do with all that paper? All those cards? All those awards? It’s overwhelming enough with just one child. But add in two, three or in my case four and the memorabilia becomes just about suffocating.
After I was married my mom gave me a box full of little odds and ends that she collected from my childhood. It was fun to go through to see my interests as I grew, memorable moments and significant achievements. At the end of each school year she would sift through that mounds of papers that would come home from my and my sisters desks, lockers and backpacks and she would tuck away items of significance. As we got older she would let us chose things we valued and she would slip in a few other items she thought we would appreciate when we were older.
I have edited that box once and I think it is a sweet little time capsule of my childhood and adolescent years. My kids have enjoyed searching through it and seeing old pictures of me, looking through my old Pogs collections (yep I’m a nineties child) and discovering my old Gameboy. I loved the idea of keeping treasured moments and memories to take out and remember and admire over the years.
When my eldest began school I thought it was a great time to start his memory box. I had already collected a bunch of cards, baby clothes, and other baby odds and ends in a box. I sorted though it and kept what I thought he would appreciate when gets older.
What you’ll need:
FILE BOX / TOTE
I also love to start off the school year with a questionnaire and see how their answers change from year to year. My Pinterest board has a few different questionnaires. I use this free printable from Petite Lemon
As for large pieces of art or other items that won’t fit in the box take a picture and put the pictures into the file folders. This saves space and they are still able to have something to remember it by.
Throughout the year I toss various art, awards, odds and ends in the file folder and some years there just is too much to keep. At the end of each school I go through it and pare if down so it fits neatly into the file folder.
As for baby clothes or special blankest I used the Ziplock vacuum seal suit case bags to shrink those items down to save space and protect them.
I hope this help you with keeping your children’s special memorabilia. If you have any questions shoot me a note and I’ll be happy to answer it. Also, if you have any other great memory keeper ideas I would love to hear them!
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