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4 Moms Discuss Storing Keepsakes

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This week, The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids are discussing how large families find room to store all those keepsakes.

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As you can well imagine, the larger than average family collects more than the average amount of stuff. Some of that stuff is deemed special and falls into the "keepsake" category.

Some of the keepsakes we have stored are:

  • trophies
  • uniforms
  • special stuffed animals
  • Breyer horses

Here are a few of the ways large families can manage storing keepsakes:

  • Allow each child to have one storage box for special items.
  • Try to keep all keepsakes contained to one box. This encourages evaluating each item as another is added.
  • If the item is broken or torn, encourage the child to part with it.
  • Instead of storing the actual item, whether it is a winning science fair project or a soccer trophy, take a picture of the child with the item and keep the picture, but not the item.

During our last move, I came across my old high school letter jacket. Over the 20+ years I had been storing that jacket, it had been deteriorating until it had become a smelly and sticky, with what seemed like an oily residue. (What do they make that fake leather out of anyway?!)

Instead of packing it back into the box I had pulled it out of, I threw it away. I still have pictures of it, and what did I need an old sticky jacket for anyway?

This is the way I try to view children's keepsakes too. If you have a picture of the child with the special item and it is likely to deteriorate, why hold onto it?

How do you handle storing keepsakes?

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  1. I love the idea of taking a picture of the child holding their favorite keepsake. In our house we have a TON of photographs. We have a huge tote box filled with old pictures—most of which have never seen the light of day. To save space, I plan to scan them and save them on my computer (and save a backup copy). Another way to eliminate wall clutter is to use digital photo frames to display several pictures in one place. Nowadays we have digital cameras, so all of my newer pictures are stored on my computer and backed up in two other places (to avoid losing them!).


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