Cheap & Creative Memory Keeping Ideas

by Sami

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Wondering what to do with all those papers that are coming in now that school has started? Have an over-abundance of your grand-children’s artwork? Need a better way to preserve annual memories? I have some cheap and creative memory keeping ideas for you today.

Cheap & Creative Memory Keeping Ideas

* Start by having all papers go into an accordion folder when they come in the house to sort them by child or event or month. After a week, go back and look to see what is really worth keeping and toss the rest.

* Take a picture of anything that is an odd shaped, then make a photo book of all that artwork from the year. You can always find great deals on photo books online at Shutterfly – in fact, EVERYONE can save 40% off EVERYTHING through Labor Day with the code LABORDAY40.

* Create one plastic filing bucket for all of your kids keepsakes from school, with one folder for each grade. A great template & tutorial for the file folder labels can be found at Simply Kierste. (FYI – you may find yourself keeping a lot more from the early elementary years then you do as they get older 🙂

* The same concept can be done with birthday cards and mementos or even Christmas cards you want to save. Pick up memory boxes for $3 or less at craft stores like Michaels.

* You can also limit kids to a 3 ring binder of their own personal drawings and accomplishments. This helps them begin to decipher what is really worth keeping and not keeping when they have a visible limit.

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