Today's Tip: What do we do with all the kids' timeless treasures?
When the boys were toddlers I kept quite a few of their drawings and letters and art, but when they started kindergarten, an overwhelming influx began. They brought papers home constantly. Many of the things they do in kindergarten are cute and heartwarming and you want to clutch them dearly to your chest and keep them forever. Or you don't.
I picked out a couple favorites and for the ones that warranted it, I took pictures. I created a kindergarten folder on my computer with my other photos from that year and put the pictures of their silly little notes and writing and art projects. At the end of the year they brought home their journals from the whole year and I kept those. I ended up with one manila envelope of work and certificates from each boy for their kindergarten year (not counting the journals). Considering the massive flow of stuff coming home in their backpacks, and the amount of drawing they do at home, I consider that a big win for the year.
So far, the sentiment I feel from looking at the images on the computer screen is better than I'd get from searching through a box of old things because I don't have a box of old things to search through. (!)
I also get input from the boys. For things that they clearly spent a lot of time on and care about I keep at least for awhile, display on our whiteboard or fridge, and then put away, or sometimes snap a picture of and toss eventually. Sometimes before I throw something away I write a description on it, like the New Year's Resolutions below.
The twins are only in first grade, so I haven't had time to regret disposing of any of these kinds of things, but I don't think I will...I have the pictures, and enough samplings from the year. So, for everything that isn't absolutely amazing and worthy of keeping forever:
1. Photograph, save in a file on your computer
Have a Fantastic Monday!