We all love it right? The cute little handprints made into some fun animal, the all about me projects and best of all those such as a robot made from recyclable materials are all so special and so important to those tiny hearts who make them. Here are a few of the ways I have handled these items.
- Cut the handprints down smaller and add to a scrapbook
- Take a picture of your child holding the project to have as a memory
- Put your child in charge of the keepsakes! The most upsetting seemed to be them finding a piece of their beloved artwork in the trash. I created one box with a lid for each child and it was up to them to decide what to keep and what to toss but the box could only hold so much.
If you have children who play sports or participate in any type of competitive activity then you know what I’m talking about. Before long my kids rooms were overwhelmed with trophies, medals, homerun balls and of course the tournament t-shirt. Not only do these items take up space but most also need to be dusted regularly! You might have to have some tough mom love on this one because kids love the trophies!
- Trophies, especially for participation were hard to get rid of. I often felt so wasteful. Here is a link I found with some info on recycling old trophies. Also check with your local award shop to see if recycling is an option. I removed the plaques from any trophies which were earned and had visions of adding to a frame or something of the such but that has never happened.
- All the t-shirts! Good gracious my kids loved a t-shirt to represent every tournament they ever played in along with school shirts. Making a T-shirt quilt is such a great idea and this is on my list for 2017 to finally have this done or make the decision to toss the t-shirts. I’m looking at Project Repat for my kids shirts. Even though it is not the actual quilted look I would prefer I think at this point having it completed at a price I feel is reasonable is worth it.
- Shadow box frames can be a great way to save a memory. Riley had quite the baseball career beginning with high school state championship runner up. We framed his high school jersey along with the other special mementos and did the same for both years TCU played in the College World Series. They will be really nice for him to have in his own home or an office one day.
- Baby Clothes and items such as special blankets are another I have limited to one box.
- Greeting cards are another tough one especially if someone has written a special message. If you hate throwing away cards, you can actually recycle and help St. Jude. More info here. All Christmas cards are added to a dedicated Christmas book. I typcially will save the written words from other cards for birthdays, thank yous, etc and use in a scrapbook with a picture of the person or event. In the past I have just tossed the other side of the card but I will be saving these to recycle from now on.
- Digital Pictures! I really think this was easier when there was film and we were forced to develop and find a way to store immediately. Being able to take 30 of the same shot with digital film can become overwhelming. Currently I’m using a method Shay has discussed on her blog with the year|month(number)|event and it was a game changer to me. Before I was always so irritated at the sorting but this has worked well. I use Backblaze for the computer backup but also try to upload my pictures to Shutterfly at the end of each month.
- Printed Pictures I try to sort chronologically in anticipation for scrapbooking. Yes, I am still trying to live that dream. The hardest part for me was tossing pictures that were printed, even duplicates. If you don’t LOVE the picture, toss it. Carly received her dance pictures last year and her smile was just totally off. She was adamant multiple times that she just hated it so I tossed them. School packages are the worst too with all those extra prints! I use to save tons “just in case” they needed one for a school project but I’ve been tossing those too.
- Home movies and negatives is definitely another area I’m working to make progress on in 2017. I found a Groupon for Legacy Box and have ordered my first. I have so many home movies on VHS tapes that I’ve been afraid to watch for so long in fear of ruining them. The box is definitely taking up much more space than a digital copy plus we never pull them out. I’m so hopeful this will be a great solution! They also transfer negatives to digital files and I’m not sure if I will go that route or purchase a converter myself. Time is definitely always a factor here.
Gifts from Grandma
Admittedly this was always the hardest for me. Saying goodbye to one of the 100 pieces of artwork my kids brought home was a no brainer but getting rid of a gift or trinket I received from a special person or for a special occasion was always hard.
In came the book from Peter Walsh, It’s All Too Much, in which he notes, if it is meaningful to you it should be displayed with honor in your home. If you have a hard time parting with that gift your great, great aunt left you but yet it’s shoved in a “junk” drawer, how meaningful is that? You do not have to keep the keepsake to still keep your loving memories.
This was such a moment for me! How meaningful was something if it was sitting in a cabinet or a drawer just taking up space. Sometimes it is simply a matter of space and preference too. I had tons of crystal bowls and platters and we are just not the crystal bowl type. There are so many resources online to help you evaluate the value of figurines and such and it can really help evaluate whether something is worth keeping.
All this being said, sometimes it is just hard to let go. I have box upon box of pictures my dad took while he was off working all around the country that basically are a story I was not a part of but every time I open that box I can still smell my dad and I just can’t throw it out.
So how do you keep the keepsakes for your family?