Then I waited to find a storage container I liked and that wasn't crazy expensive. This past week, Staples was offering 100% rewards back on the box I chose to pick up. I shop at Staples a lot, especially for printer ink so I knew we would put the rewards to good use.
Originally, everything I had kept for my daughter from birth to age 6 was piled on a shelf in the top of her closet. I honestly had no idea what I would want to keep and so there was a whole lot stashed up there. I pulled it all down and started to sort through it. Having been in daycare since 3 months, there was a lot of items that I realized I didn't need to be keeping.
The bigger items I chose to keep went into one of the containers while a lot I chose to throw away ( I had kept a lot that I really didn't need to). I kept items with her handprint or special projects that she had made over the years.
When I was finished, it all fit nicely into two small containers. I put these containers back into the top of her closet.
I also had a few papers from daycare that I put to the side for the file box I had purchased.
Here is the box from Staples that I purchased. I already had hanging file folders on hand and I had file folders and labels in my office supply stash:)
I put each year of school into its own hanging file folder. I added the preschool papers I had sorted from her closet. I also added items to the kindergarten folder for this year such as certificates she has received and grade reports.
There is a lot of room to grow with this box and I should have plenty of room for everything I want to save. If not, I figure I can always make an elementary and secondary box if necessary. I also made a label for the front of the box before I stored it away.
I'm very happy about being proactive with all the school papers that will be coming home in the years to come. I also know they are all in one place should I ever need to reference one for some reason.
I should add to my goals list for 2013 that I need to work on how to use my camera so I get nice pretty pictures:)
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