Over a year ago, I wrote this post about what kind of kid memorabilia to keep and what to toss. In there, I summarized with these sentences: Another one of my personal philosophies: scrapbooks are for photos and smaller memorabilia like ticket stubs, a few special birthday cards, a program or two. All the rest of that can stay in a box or tub of some kind, as long as it is sorted and labeled.
Did you catch the significant part? That would be, “of some kind”, indicating that I did not have a plan in action. For the last several years, my system for storage of these types of items has been letter trays, like you might see in an office for “in” and “out” work. One for each kid, in a convenient location. It wasn’t a bad plan, actually, until Leah’s threatened to overflow every time I put something new on the stack.
And then my friend Teresa came over to help me organized. As I said on the Facebook page, I consider myself a fairly organized person. But Teresa puts me to shame, literally. It is pretty embarrassing to show an organizer of her caliber the state of my cupboards. But I did it.
Regarding the memoribilia specifically, Teresa recommended hanging files in file tubs. Now I have this:
Inside each tub, it looks like this:
Really, I probably should have labeled them by ages instead of years of school, but I thought they might be more useful this way.
For the “preschool” file, the boys have manila file folders for each year (age 2, age 3, age 4). Leah’s is all together because I had no desire to sort through all that stuff after sorting out preschool, kindergarten, 1st AND 2nd grades!
Ideally, sometime between a birthday (all 3 have spring birthdays) and the new school year I’ll dump the collected items from the letter try into a hanging file. This is also really going to help my scrapbooking – instead of wondering where the birthday cards are, I can just grab a file and choose what I want to include in that album.
If you’d like to try this system, I’d recommend going to Office Max pronto. I got the file tubs 2/$22 there, which is way cheaper than buying one of any other style. The store brand hanging files had the right amount (25) in fun bright colors at a good price. It’s worth investing now to set up a system that will hopefully last at least until you can pass this stuff off on your kid when they leave home!
Do you have a different system for organizing memoribilia? If it works, share it – what works for me won’t work for everyone!