Creating Keepsake Boxes for Kids

Creating Keepsake Boxes for Kids #organize

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.

Organizing Tips

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!


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  • Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} June 3, 2013, 2:27 pm

    I keep a big box of my kids’ things but I really should go through it and organize it and create one for each child. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • admin June 5, 2013, 9:58 am

      Yes Jo-Lynne! Its always good to take a fresh look but this time, plan for extra time and have your kids go through it with you. You might be surprised at what they love most =) Thanks for commenting!

  • Whitney Wingerd -MWS (@WhitneyMWS) June 3, 2013, 3:50 pm

    I love the idea of asking the child! I’m always attempting to purge/clean/organize my boys’ rooms and I don’t know that I’ve ever actually asked them to tell me what’s special enough to save forever. I’m totally going to ask now b/c I’m curious the answers. I think I know some but will be interesting 😉

    Thanks for the tips! I use two big organizing boxes with tabs for each kid for their school work.. so I love this as another idea!

    • admin June 5, 2013, 9:57 am

      Whitney every single year I block time with each of the kids to go through their rooms at the start of the summer, end of the summer, and Christmas Break. They are natural times to sort through their things and I find they usually have no trouble letting things go because we are already preparing for a new season. The keepsake boxes put managing all those “collections” in their hands. Thanks for commenting!

  • Amy from Resourceful Mommy June 5, 2013, 9:48 am

    There is so much coming in the door right now that it can become a nightmare for moms to manage! I love the idea of a keepsake box to wrangle some of the goodies and say goodbye to the rest.

    • admin June 5, 2013, 9:55 am

      Amy I hear you! That’s why its as important for the kids to work on those keepsake boxes as we do on the forever things. Goes twice as fast too =) Thanks for commenting!

  • Betty Seu July 12, 2013, 7:44 pm

    Over the years, I’ve always tried to make sure that my gifts are unique. While i was searching the web for personalized gift boxes I came across Unique Custom Products in Colorado. They personalize just about anything! For my dad’s birthday, I got him a custom made wooden box so that he could store all his valuable baseball cards. I even engraved his name on it and a picture of us from when i was little! I was able to get it done on short notice before his birthday at a really good price. Check them out at http://www.custom-woodenboxes.com

  • This is brilliant. So need to do this.

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