How to Organize Childhood Memorabilia and Documents

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Childhood is Messy, Organization helps!

Before your baby was even placed in your arms you were filling out paperwork for them. At the doctors office, the hospital registration forms, and what about those truly sweet cards from your baby shower you want to keep? Then they were born and the fun really got started, health insurance, social security card, vaccine records, birth certificate, the list of documents goes on as they grow! School starts and here come the report cards, projects, portraits, awards and beyond. I don’t know about you but taking care of a human life is work enough, I don’t want to worry about where to find those essential documents when I need them or want to look back at them.

Enter Pinterest To The Rescue!

Don’t worry there is no way to “Pinterest Fail” this one, it’s an EASY win making it one of those truly perfect Pinterest projects. Do you need a common safe place to put all those essential documents? Or ever wondered what to do with those adorable crafts, that A+ paper they worked so hard on, and the numerous keepsakes that are filling up your drawers? Well look no further, a simple file box is about to rock your world (if organization makes you happy like me that is).

Why The File box?

 

There are many perks to the file box system;

  • It takes up little space
  • It’s inexpensive
  • The system forces you/child to make decisions on whats TRULY keep worthy
  • When the child becomes an adult they can easily take it with them
  • It can be quickly grabbed in case of an emergency evacuation
  • Provides one easy convenient place for everything from medical records, school pictures, report cards and keepsakes

The How to

Materials are basic all you need is;

1. A file box of your choosing

2. 20 hanging files in your color(s) of choice

3. Sticker letters (optional) to put child’s name on the box

The Set Up;

Now the beauty of this system is you can label the files as you see fit for your child! for me I chose the following; Heath records, Essential Documents (think birth certificate, social security card etc), Ages 0-3, Ages 4-5 (Preschool), Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, College, Sports, Cards/letters. You can add or subtract to the system as you see fit and as your child’s interest grow, like a special file just for music or karate etc.

It’s never too late or too early to make this for your child(ren). My first file box was originally a gift a girlfriend made for me while I was pregnant with my son and I was so obsessed with it that I made sure to replicate it for my second. Any subsequent children with also get one and if you really like to nerd out like me, you’ll make sure to get stack-able file boxes for even easier storage.

Happy Filing Friends!

 

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I'm Jennifer a FMB Contributor and I live in Flagstaff with my nearly perfect Husband and our energetic Son. I attended Northern Arizona University where I receieved my undergard in Elementary and Special Education as well as a Masters in Early Childhood with a focus on reading. I taught for almost a decade before staying home to spend more time with my son. These days you can find me working as an instuctor at the BARRE3 studio in town (come sweat with me!) spreading my joy of the beauty of movement and what it does for not just physical health but mental and emotional health too! I openly share my TTC stories and want women to feel less alone in that area! Join me to indulge in yet another cup up of coffee, a hike, or a happy hour around town!

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