Organizing keepsakes with memory binders and totes
My friend Sandy over at Reluctant Entertainer has started off our keepsake/picture month talking about how she organizes her kid’s keepsakes into binders. It’s very similar to the method I use so I thought this would be as good as time as any to share my system with you again.
A couple of weeks ago I talked about how I organize the kids school papers and today I want to share you with how I save some of their special memories. Using memory binders that I purchased from the dollar store, I save my kid’s special keepsakes for them in page protectors sorted by grade. These binders are kept easily accessible in my office and throughout the year I can very quickly just put the keepsake papers/awards/notes/stories that they want to keep right into their binder. Having one page protector sheet per school year helps us to really be selective and only keep the most favorites.
I also have a separate one for my daughter’s piano certificates and awards.
For bigger keepsake items (special outfits, baby books, journals, art, etc) I keep one clear tote for each child in their closet. The kids are each allow two totes, one for elementary school and one for secondary school.
Using memory binders sorted by grade keeps everything organized nicely and the memory totes allows us a little space for the bigger things that the kid’s don’t want to part with. This system forces us to put limits on what we keep which is a good thing because I don’t want to burden my kids with excess when they are grown. I always ask myself, is this my memory or the kids? What we hang on to is what is important to them, not me. Sure I guide them with their decision making if they need it but ultimately keeping what is of most value to them is what is most important to me.
As for how I store my own childhood memories. I have one 60 L tote that I keep in my basement storage room. That’s it.
One of these days I’m going to have to open it up and pull out all of my old notes from my best friend in elementary school. She’s still my best friend now, living in the same town as me, 27 years later! What fun we’ll have laughing at our ever important, highly dramatic (no doubt!), school girl shananigans.
How do you store your own childhood memories or the memories for your own kids? What works, what doesn’t work for you?