But before you close the book on the school year, take a moment to consider what to do about all those papers your children brought home. In the preschool and elementary years there can be stacks of papers with dry beans and macaroni glued to them, or my personal favorite, glitter. Many of them are precious keepsakes that you'll want to hang on to forever, but how do you store them?
I used to keep small bins in one of my kitchen cabinets which would hold each child's papers: one bin per child. At the end of the year (or quite possibly just before a new year got started) I would empty them into a more permanent solution, like plastic bins with lids. Neatly labeled.
OK, so maybe I didn't always transfer them into bins with lids and neatly label them. So maybe I dumped them all into one box, and tucked it away for SOMEDAY to organize. That coulda happened, but I'm not saying.
What I AM saying is that the years in which I DID organize my children's papers were stellar years for me. It is fun to look back at those scribbley pictures and remember the pudgy fingers and sticky kisses that came with them. There is no sweeter time in life, and you'll want to remember it. I treasure each thing I've saved, with the exception of the macaroni art, which has long been eaten by moths.
Today's Small Thing is to sort and store your child's papers from this year. Now, I realize that this can be much more than a 10 minute small task, so I'm willing to stretch this out a little bit. Perhaps do a 10 minute assessment of the paper situation and decide on a course of action. A file? A bin? A U Haul? Consider your storage capabilities and keep enough of the good ones to remember the year.
POINTS: 40 for following the paper trail to a fitting conclusion. You can follow through with the solution at a later day this week, as it may need a trip to WalMart for storage solutions.
And speaking of school days, one of our newest Company Girls, Heidi, has created a wonderful keepsake binder called "Memory Mates." I wish these were around when my kids were in the Elementary grades, because she's taken the work out of creating a scrapbook for your child. I never would have procrastinated like I did if it could have been this easy then. (sob!) It was so much harder in the olden days.
Heidi says, "Many parents don't have a lot of time to scrapbook with busy schedules nowadays, and this book simply allows you to attach a few pictures and let your child fill in the blanks and it looks fabulous when finished. The colors and theme are already there for you-ready to go."
I think this is a wonderful product, just perfect for saving the best memories from each school year. Thank you Heidi, for creating it. I hope our Company Girls will go check you out!