Keeping up with the Keepsakes

Keeping up with the Keepsakes with Shoes to Shiraz.



Welcome to my blog if you're coming over from Carrie's blog where she covered how she managed the keepsakes in her life. Today we're talking how we keep the keepsakes, which makes me very excited because I started doing something with the endless piles that kids brought home from school and I love the finished product.


For the longest time, I had just been placing the more important things  everything that Willis brought home in a pile, until I could figure out what to do with it.  Well, said pile turned into a mountain and part way through grade 1, I figured it was time to finally do something.  So I set out to Walmart and picked up 2 cute box file folders that would store the more precious of all the documents.

keeping the keepsakes

Here are some options on amazon that I would have bought in lieu of what I got at Walmart: storage ottoman/ fire-safe box with files/ regular file folder/ file folder tote.  Honestly, I'm not sure how 12 years of things are going to fit in the little box I got so I have a feeling I'll be getting the totes or ottomans for them to carry on into their grown up lives and maybe I'll keep these original orange boxes along with a few souvenirs for myself......

The hardest part was sorting through everything he had accumulated and deciding what was a keepsake and what wasn't, but once I figured that one out the rest was easy.  I labelled the dividers with each grade and the year and as he goes through his schooling, I add his teacher's name.  There were a few extra at the end so I put one section for certificates and another for extra-curricular so that I have somewhere to store his report cards from swimming and such.

Keeping the Keepsakes

There were so many things I wanted to keep but I had to go about the task thinking what Willis and Lucia would enjoy seeing when I gave this to them after, sob sob, they are done high school.  I kept notes from friends, special Valentines, those sweet messages they wrote to us on Father's and Mother's Day and many an part project that didn't make it to my art folder that is rotated out for each season in their hallway.  You can see what that looks like here.  In the end I think I've created a perfect time capsule that shows what kinds of kids they are and if they're lucky I'll let them have this box once they are grown ups.

keeping the keepsakes

But I have a feeling I will have a hard time parting with this.   Here's to the class of 2024.

Yikes.

Now hop on over to my bestie's blog where I'm sure she has some great ideas.

Comments

  1. Living on Cloud Nine29 January, 2017 21:37

    Why didn't I ever think of the accordion file. It took me months preparing for the grad open house finding all the boys stuff and I thought I was organized, lol! This is brilliant!!

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  2. Love this idea!! My sister does something similar but with boxes! This is cuter and more compact! Love that you add the teachers name, too! And all the French...I want to be Mlle Mitchell....LOL

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  3. Love this cute idea. I should use it for organizing my closet somehow :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  4. I keep things in files boxes too, but I'm guilty of keeping way too much!

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  5. So funny that we both do the same thing. I thought it would be hard to scale it down but when you actually think about what you (or the kids) will want to look at in 20 years it was easier than I thought. Unfortunately, Grady is a pack rat and wants to keep everything. He has a separate box of things he doesn't want to part with..... oy!

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  6. This is such a great idea. I have (had) about six huge bins full of every single thing the boys brought home over the years. I finally went through Conner's and pared it down to one. I need to do the same for Thomas, but I can't bring myself to do it yet :)!

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  7. I have a similar method as well, but I have to have more storage than these... I'm SUCH a hoarder when it comes to keepsakes... it's bad. Haha.

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  8. Oh how I long to be far, far more organized in this area. I always feel like it is too late.

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  9. You are so incredible! All organized so perfectly. You are creating such treasures for your family's future.

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  10. care to swing on by and organize my life? that'd be super helpful... my kids stuff is strewn throughout my house and the office... doh.

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  11. This is such a good idea! I did something similar but never narrowed down what I was going to keep so I have about 10 of those file boxes!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  12. I need to get my life more organized when it comes to important papers and documents along with keepsakes from Connor.

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  13. It's funny some days all I want is a 'time out' from parenting but then other days when I think of them leaving my chest gets so tight that I can't get a complete breath in/out. Keepsakes are so hard. I like the organized file folder carrier and how pretty but I went so old school/kindergarten teacher on my kiddos and they just have a scrapbook for each grade that they glue stuff it, but it's not comprehensive because what do you do with the special bday cards? Valentines day cards? etc. Not to mention keeping up with family photos. My head hurts just thinking about it all!

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  14. Great tips! I need to organize so much of my life!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  15. What a great idea! I am trying to figure out what to do with all of the school work Baby Fox is bringning home...so much stuff...

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  16. Great idea for organizing and hanging onto what matters most!


    Amber
    All the Cute

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  17. You are not alone. I have the same problem, but I always try to think to myself, "Will they really care about this when they are older?" It kind of helps, but I still keep a lot :) #happynowlinkup

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  18. Such a fantastic way to keep everything! Our problem is that many of the keepsake items are HUGE. Also, I'm realizing how rusty my French is! Thanks for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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  19. I needed to read this! My son just started preschool and already the papers are out of control!! I bought some plastic tubs but I hate how everything just piles up in there--I'm going to try this idea for sure! Also--do your kids go to a French-speaking school? I used to teach French and love the language!

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  20. It's working so far...but he's only in grade 4- who knows what else he'll accumulate.

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  21. I have to throw those things away when they aren't looking.

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  22. catalogue your clothing...that would be fun

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  23. There are so many more areas I need organizing in.

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  24. 6! Come to think of it- I had a lot too.

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  25. I keep forgetting what level they finished in swimming, so at least now I know where to look

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  26. lol, I think I will likely end up there.

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  27. I would love to come over. Will you feed me wine?

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  28. I'm trying to go about it the same way.

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  29. ya- I'm bad with birthday cards, heck I still have bday cards from when I was a kid.

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  30. I have a whole other system for the ginormous things. Merci pour la visite!

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  31. and hopefully not throwing away something they wanted

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  32. No way! Je suis enseignante de français (niveau secondaire) et oui, tout le monde passe à travers le système d'immersion içi. Qu'as-tu enseigné??

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  33. Oh, c'est vrai? J'ai enseigne (ah! je ne sais pas comment faire des accents sur mon mac!) au lycee et aussi au college (c'est "middle school" n'est-ce pas?) et je ne l'aime pas. J'adore le francais mais pas enseigner. Et maintenant je n'utilise jamais le francais, alors je l'ai oublie trop. Mon francais est horrible ces jours, c'est triste! Mais j'adore l'idee du systeme d'immersion, il y a un ecole primaire ici commme ca mais c'est le seule.

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  34. You are so organized. I just threw everything in an under-the-bed tote. Now my kids are grown and I would love for them to take them off my hands, but they don't even want them (mostly a space issue). So I will hang onto to them for now in case they ever change their minds.

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  35. Those are lovely. But I think you will probably be graduating to something larger in the future. I bought Brennyn a storage box with lid from 31 and had Cady's name embroidered on it, with PK for prekinder. It was big enough for even the large construction paper-sized art projects. But it is full and 31 no longer makes them. Will be checking out your suggestions.

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