My 12 week old baby girl is getting ready to start daycare next month (who’s cutting the onions in here?!). Over the weekend, my husband made a comment about how he hopes she will make a Christmas ornament at daycare. My mind started to wonder, thinking about all the priceless things she’ll make over the next several years. Then I realized we’ll need a place to store it all! A keepsake box seemed like the perfect solution. And because I know many of you are preparing for kids to go back to school, I want to share my process of making a keepsake box and what I intend to use it for.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- File storage box (this weatherproof option is great if you’re planning to store it in the garage or attic).
- Hanging file folders
- Label maker (optional)
MY FILE CATEGORIES
I created a file for every year of Harper’s life from birth through 12th grade. I decided to file by school year because I think that might be easier to maintain once she gets a little older. You can also create files for personal and medical records, but I chose to keep those in our main filing system. I’ll reevaluate my file categories in a year to see if I need to make any changes, depending on the amount of keepsakes we accumulate until then. I know some people choose to group the Baby/Toddler years into one folder, so I may end up making that change.
WHAT TO KEEP
I plan to use this box to store all of Harper’s special items and memories from now until she graduates high school. I love the idea of giving this as a graduation gift, but we will probably let her look through it before then. Right now her box has enough room to store paper keepsakes at the front and additional items in the back. Here’s a list of things I plan to keep.
- Footprints from the hospital
- Receiving blanket from the hospital
- Special cards – so far I’ve saved our first Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards. We will also save special cards from holidays and birthdays.
- Baby Book
- Holiday pictures (like pictures with Santa)
- Reports cards
- School pictures
Easy as that! I can’t wait to look back at all of the memories Harper creates throughout the years. How do you store your kids’ keepsakes?
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