Today marks a full week! How is organizing going?? I can’t wait to hear about your progress!
I continued today sorting through scrapbooking keepsakes of Brad’s and mine, but as a follow-up to my mention of Faith’s school keepsakes, I wanted to share how I store those things today.
I think every parent struggles with what to keep from school, what to toss, and what the heck to do with it all! A couple years ago I purchased this clear plastic file box from Staples, found some pink hanging folders and cute pink file folders, and began storage for Faith’s schoolwork and keepsakes.
When Faith was little I quietly purged most of the papers that came home. But as she started noticing her things going in the recycling, I’ve had to have several conversations with her about this. She knows and understands that I can’t keep everything, and that I choose the most special things to hang onto (as it is the box is bulging and we’re not even halfway into 3rd grade, so I need to go through again!). Here is a simple guideline of what I keep:
- Things with her handprint/footprint
- Special artwork that shows her originality, and that makes me smile
- Some schoolwork to show her progress through the year (this is a tough one even for me to decide about)
- Anything else that might show who her friends were, what her interests were, or otherwise mark that year of her life.
I do NOT keep:
- Most worksheets/assignments
- Coloring sheets
- EVERYTHING she brings home
I labeled the hanging folders for each year, starting with daycare (she had daily notes that I kept) and also labeled the front of the box “FAITH – Elem”. These things won’t go in a scrapbook for the most part, so this is permanent storage. As the box is filling I anticipate needing a 2nd (3rd?) box for middle and high school!
The key is to be choosy about what gets kept, and file it in the box RIGHT AWAY!