Two weeks to go in the challenge!! Can you believe it?! I don’t know about you but it feels like it just started yesterday. Fourteen weeks seemed like an eternity when it first started and here we are in the final weeks.
Kids Memorbilla. It wasn’t until our daughter started pre-school that I really understood how much art she could come home with, it was overwhelming. When she was born, we put together a time capsule and a baby book, although that baby book hasn’t been updated much 😉 We have those items along with other keepsake items such clothes, albums, etc all in a storage bin.
We have the same type of set-up for our son too except he doesn’t have a baby book #secondchild. With the third baby coming, I do have a goal of getting baby books for both of them and getting them done.
When our daughter first started coming home with art, I had the hardest time getting rid of it. I, of course, loved everything she made and couldn’t bring myself to get rid of any it. Call me crazy but I was just so proud of the things she had done. It wasn’t until about a month later that I realized if I kept everything she made, we were going to have a serious problem on our hands.
I wanted to establish something that did two things:
- It was easy to use. Putting away things for memory bins, I’ve found, can be challenging at times because the storage bin is typically put away and not easily accessible. For me personally, it’s not motivating to store them because I have to move around some bins to get to what I need.
- It’s easy to find things. Most memory bins are a bin full great memories and in a pile together. You typically have to go through the entire bin to find what you need. When it comes time to give these to our kids, I want them to be able to easily find what they need. Also, until it’s time to give them to them, I want to be able to easily go through their bins as well.
Here’s how I set-up memory bins for our kids using hanging file folders and a storage bin.
- Purchased plastic storage bin for hanging file folders. There were clear storage bins that store hanging file folders.
- Set-up hanging file folders for the storage bin. I prefer only using hanging file folders versus using file folders within them because you are able to store more in a hanging file folder than a file folder itself. We already had file folders at home so this step was relatively easy. We had your standard green file hanging folders and used those. Not necessarily my number one color choice but didn’t want to buy something that we already had.
- Made clear labels for every grade year. I used our label maker and started with pre-school and went all the way up to twelfth grade. Once the labels were made, I put them on the tabs for the hanging file folders.
- Put all the hanging file folders in the bin with the label tab all on the same side. I prefer having the hanging file folder tab all on the same side versus staggering them out, I’ve found it’s easier to locate things.
- Stored the bin in an easily accessible place. Once the bin was completely set-up, I stored it in our garage right by the door. This way when we decide which artwork to keep, we can put it away almost immediately. If we had room in the kitchen, I’d probably store it there but we didn’t and the garage made the most logical sense.
Once we established this system, it has made it so much easier to decide what artwork to keep. It’s also been much easier to find what we need. While I don’t have this set-up yet, I plan to move the kids’ memory books to this bin and create file folders for the first few years.
This way, the other memory bin can consist of only clothes keepsake items.
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