Sunday, September 11, 2011

Organizing Keepsakes {Free Download}

I am a keeper. My dear sweet husband likes to refer to it as hoarding, but that's a bit harsh! I just can't bring myself to throw aways sentimental objects! But as I started accumulating things after my little boy was born, I realized that if I didn't nip this in the butt, it was going to be a big mess before too long! So I went into 'organizer' mode and came up with this little system!
First, I printed a page of labels, nothing fancy, but they get the job done! (I added a less 'personalized' version for you to download at the end of this post)  Then I gathered my keepsakes into categories:Baby Shower (cards, the invite, etc.) Hospital (newborn hat, his eye mask for the billi lights, hospital bracelets, etc.) 1st Birthday (bday cards, the '1' on his cake, invitation, cupcake topper, the birthday banner, etc.) My baby just turned 1, so those are the big milestones I needed so far, but I'll also someday add things like each year of school, each birthday, baptism, and things like that.
 Then I just separated them into gallon Ziploc baggies, wrote on a label, and put it inside the front! There were a few things that didn't fit in the bags, but I just put them in a folder in the bottom. You could also use manila folders, but I just wanted to be able to see inside. I think when he starts school I will add a school folder for each year to keep things like report cards, handwriting samples etc.

 I took a large, flat storage container and placed the bags inside. I keep my boxes like this under my bed, so the short container fits perfect, but you could use any size you have available.
 Here's a less persoal version of the labels! Since I know not everyone names their babies Blake :)


I hope this gets your keepsakes a little more organized!

10 comments:

Jennifer Dawn said...

What a great idea! I pinned it!

CAS said...

This is a very cute & clever idea!

Michelle said...

Perfection! I always keep that stuff, but end up not knowing what to do with it! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

Mamie said...

What a great idea! I love the "idea" of organizing. Maybe one day I will actually do it.

Tam said...

I agree very clever tfs!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

This labels are a great idea to have printed out an ready for when you need them and are in the mood to organize!!! Thanks for sharing :D

Autumn said...

What a cute way to keep all those little "extras."

raising4boys said...

This is a good idea. I have a tote in the basement where I put their special things; school shirts, pinewood derby cars, awards, etc.

This is a good idea so you can write a note about it so in 10 years you won't wonder why it was sentimental. :) And I also saved things from the hospital, their hat and binkie!

Lisa and Rustin said...

HI!!!!
CUTE CUTE CUTE!!
My little guy's name is Blake too!! =]
I'll be using the "Blake" ones!

Amanda said...

super cute! I pinned it too. Love your blog.


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