May is the perfect time of year for creating keepsake boxes for kids. But after years of doing this for them, its time to teach your kids how to keep their memorabilia organized. Okay you have to know that’s totally different than how YOU keep their memorabilia organized. Today’s post is another installment in our GO MOM!® Organizing Tips series to help you live like you are moving all year long.
I’ve found that when it comes to kids, they are either completely indifferent to keeping special things, or if its anything like my house, they are hoarders! It seems like kids are one or the other but no one in the middle. Like most Moms, one of my goals in raising our children is to help them take ownership of their possessions and make sure they know what they have and only have what they love. So while I’m busy organizing things behind the scenes, I find myself asking how can I help my kids take care of their collections and special possessions so that ultimately, I don’t have to. And the answer is simple ~ creating keepsake boxes for kids to manage. Here is how:
Get a color coded keepsake box.
Purchase a boxed set with various sized boxes to accommodate different items. Make sure to get a different color set for each child so they can clearly identify which ones belong to them.
Label each box to identify contents.
Make sure each box has a place for a label so you can not only designate what goes in the box but make it easy anyone to know what might be found inside of it.
Ask your child what collections or possessions are special to them.
Ask your child what kinds of things are special to him or her. What kinds of collections, special keepsakes from rocks to shells to ribbons and more, are truly precious and they think they want to keep forever. And then work with your child to make sure that what they keep can fit inside the boxes you provide. This is the most important part of the process. What is it that your child finds important and treasures? These are the things that you need to help them be able to preserve and store for the future. You can be busy in the background taking care of all the traditional memorabilia tasks.
So there you have it ~ these are my tips to help you teach your child how to organized their special things. Its as simple as labeling, color coding, and asking key questions. Tell me…
How do you help your child organize their special collections?
We’d just love to see you stop by our Memorablia Organizing Tips Pinterest Board for inspiration as you help your children organize their memorabilia this Spring. We’d love to see your comments on what works for you and so hope you enjoy this series. Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!