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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Organizing Your Child's Memorabilia

Happy Thursday everyone! One day closer to Friday! Are you ready for more organizing?  

If you are just joining us, we have been getting organized using Jennifer Ford Berry's Organize Now book.


It has some great info and tips on organizing various parts of our life and home. You can see past posts here:

Week 1 about Organizing Your Mind and Life Vision HERE,
Week 2 about Organizing Your Priorities HERE,
Week 3 about Organizing Your Schedule HERE
Week 4 about Organizing Your Cleaning Schedule HERE.
Week 5 about Organizing Your Personal Information HERE. 
Week 6 about Organizing Your Finances HERE. 
      Week 7 about Organizing Your Bill-paying System HERE.
        Week 8 about Organizing Your Receipts and Taxes HERE
Week 9 about Organizing Your Files HERE
                          Week 10 about Organizing your Magazines and Newspapers HERE.
                                               Week 11 about Organizing Your Email HERE
                                                Week 12 about Organizing Your Mail HERE
                                         Week 13 about Organizing Your Child's Toys HERE.
Week 14 about Organizing Your Crafts HERE.
Week 15 about Organizing Your Photographs HERE.
Week 16 about Organizing Your Purse or Wallet HERE. 
 Week 17 about Organizing Your Vehicle HERE.
                                                  Week 18 about Organizing Your Pet HERE.
Week 19 about Organizing Your Books, CDs and DVDs HERE.
Week 20 about Organizing Your Entryway or Mudroom HERE.
                        Week 21 about Organizing Your Family Room or Living Room HERE.
Week 22 about Organizing Your Kitchen Countertops HERE.
Week 23 about Organizing the Kitchen Cabinets HERE.
Week 24 about Organizing the Pantry HERE. 
Week 25 about Organizing the Refrigerator HERE.
Week 26 about Organizing the recipes HERE.
Week 27 about Organizing the dining room HERE.
Week 28 about Organizing the Laundry Room HERE.
Week 29 about Organizing the Bathroom HERE
Week 30 about Organizing the Medicine Cabinet HERE.
Week 31 about Organizing Your Child's Clothes and Closet HERE.

This week we are onto our children's memorabilia. I know this one is HUGE for parents because our kids are continually bringing art work and projects home. My oldest was in preschool last year and I was amazed at how many things he brought home. All of which I wanted to keep of course. :) But after reading this chapter in the Organize Now book, I realize that it is ok to let things go and only keep the very special ones.

This Week's Goals:

1. Go through all of the papers, artwork and projects from your child and throw out the ones you don't want to save. Yes, it is ok to do this! :)

This is a tiny sample of all of the projects that my preschooler brought home last year!

2. Keep a memory box for your child. I use a plastic storage bin for this. You can keep special items like pictures, trophies, ribbons, etc. 

3. Keep a file or box for artwork and projects. Set limits to the number that can be in it. For older children, have them help choose which items go in this file. Make it fun! This will help them gain organization skills when they are adults.


1. Give your child's artwork as a gift to a grandparent or other relative. They will love it!

2. Create a collage or scrapbook with your child's artwork.

3. Keep a journal for your kids. I did this for both boys the day I found out I was pregnant with them. I write in it periodically and keep track of important events, accomplishments, etc.

4. Keep a favorite art project in a frame and hang it in your child's room. I love this tip!

5. Put pictures of your kid's artwork into a digital photo album. Another awesome space saving idea!

That does it for another week of organizing. How did you do this week? Were you able to toss some of your kids projects so you don't have to rent that outside storage area? Imagine what the people on Storage Wars would say if they bid on that locker and won? lol

Next week - Your Child's Bedroom!!

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Have a great day!

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