…Can overwhelm me.
Breaking my blog silence to tell you how I store my kids’ important stuff. Like, the stuff I want to save for a long time and give back to them one day. Artwork. Letters to the Tooth Fairy. Their favorite board book that we read 100 times a day for a while. That kind of stuff.
I know you need to know MY method, because Pinterest probably turns up zero ideas about “how to store kids’ stuff”. Hahahahaha… I crack myself up.
If you want to know Pinterest’s ideas, feel free to click over there now. I will be here when you return in 3 hours. If you’re like me, you will sign on to look for kids’ storage ideas and, instead, find outdoor planter flower ideas, homemade grout cleaners, and party-perfect crockpot meatballs. Pinterest makes me feel like I have the attention span of a squirrel.
So. My idea.
Pick a finite space- a box or bin- and use it well. Just one allocated space for the special stuff.
I have four bins that sit on the top shelf of the kids’ closets. One for every kid. They are not clear, because I don’t necessarily want my kids to see everything in there and ask me to pull it down every few weeks. The point is to tuck certain things away for a long time.
When my Mom passed away, my Dad spent some time going through our house and collecting things for us kids to sort through. Among the things I received was a box of my old stuff. One box- letters to my mom on Mother’s Day, preschool art projects, my handprint from elementary school, report cards, etc. That was pretty emotionally filling to go through. I enjoyed it, though it was hard to know what to do with a lot of it. Keep it? Display it? Trash it? Yes, yes, and yes.
I don’t think I would have enjoyed much more than that. One box is special and worth savoring. Several boxes feels like an emotionally exhausting chore. (To me. I don’t think everyone feels like I do).
Here are some things in my kids’ bins: a letter to the Tooth Fairy, a teeny tiny pair of pj’s that both of my girls wore, the books that each child really attached to, a special shirt, a Lightning McQueen matchbox car, a lovey that was once vitally important every evening at 7:00, their first artwork attempts, first letter-writing attempts, and so on. I keep a jar in the kitchen to write down and store funny things that my kids say, and periodically I will put their quotes in their bins.
So those are some ideas.
I often feel overwhelmed by the volume of stuff and the memories attached to that stuff. I want to remember and savor and all of that. This method works for me. If it doesn’t float your boat, feel free to try Pinterest for 7 million other methods, plus party-perfect crockpot meatballs. That place is a real one-stop shop. It’s like the Wal-Mart of the internet.