Storing Memories: Smart Ideas to Organize Your Kid's Keepsakes

Here's a little confession: I'm a teeny-weeny bit of a hoarder. I hoard lovely wrapping papers, used boxes, recyclable ribbons and even craft-worthy empty wine bottles. It drives my "toss this away" husband crazy, but I've always felt a little guilty about throwing things I feel I can either recycle or transform on a good craft day. 

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This slight hoarding problem has exacerbated now that I'm a mom. Each time the little one comes home from school with a new artwork or a card she created, I feel the urge to stash it away in an album of keepsakes. But after a while, the keepsakes could quickly pile up! So what's the best way to organize your kid's photos and artworks? Here are at least three smart organizing ideas I've learned along the way:

1. Organize and store keepsakes online.

This is probably my most valuable tip! Finding an online tool that helps organize kid's artworks and photos has been a game-changer in my quest to streamline the organization process at home. It has allowed me to save the little one's creative drawings without being buried in a pile of paperwork that's likely to just gather dust in boxes that take up storage space. 

I had my "aha!" moment when I first discovered Keepy, an app that smartly stores, organizes and shares kid's photos, artworks, videos and voice recordings to family members. The app's basic package includes five free photo and video uploads every month. For an unlimited access to all its features for a year, there's an investment of $9.99, which, in this hoarding mama's opinion, is a small price to pay for the promise of a more organized home life!

The app is simple and intuitive to use, something I love since the little one's Mamaw and Papaw whom we share photos and artworks with usually steer clear from complicated technology. The voice, video and text comment feature is a nice touch as family members are able to interact, record videos and give encouragement to the little one even when miles away. It's a feature I value the most because, with family members living either a state or continent away, it's a great way to keep everyone privately up-to-date on the little one's mischiefs and adventures.  

The little one channeled her inner wizard and drew Harry Potter.

The little one channeled her inner wizard and drew Harry Potter.

2. Label, categorize and put things in buckets.

When organizing, there has to be some kind of order. To do this, I put labels and categorize things in their own little buckets. Yes, I still sometimes do the old-fashion folders and envelopes to store the little one's drawings because, despite having the app, I still keep a few original copies of my personal favorites, like her adorable Harry Potter drawing.

With the app though, it's super easy to sort out things into categories like Art, Award, Birthday, Field Trip or Family Outing, to name a few. Putting them into categories makes it easier to search and ensures that your feed is clutter-free.

The app makes for a great long-term storage and backs up all photos and videos in its original quality. It also syncs to Dropbox, a feature we like as we personally use Dropbox to free our smartphone or laptop of valuable storage space as we tend to run out when we get trigger-happy when taking photos of the little one. 

Keepy, an app that smartly organizes, stores and shares kids artworks and photos, is a life-saver to moms who need to simplify and organize.

Keepy, an app that smartly organizes, stores and shares kids artworks and photos, is a life-saver to moms who need to simplify and organize.

3. Turn them into a scrapbook or photo album.

Storing kid's artworks shouldn't be a boring process of stashing them away in albums or boxes. Instead, add a creative touch to the concept of storage by creating a scrapbook that combines all your favorites from among your kid's photos and keepsakes.

Not exactly the crafty mommy? Thankfully, when storing on Keepy, the app allows you to turn photos and artworks into a photo book so you are able to customize and print all your favorites easily in a single custom album—no extra artsy skills needed. If you subscribe to its unlimited plan, you also get to avail of 50 percent discount on all orders via the Keepy store. The store offers other products like custom-made beach towels, canvas, ottomans and phone cases, making it a great Mother's Day gift option which is fast approaching! Goodness, where did April go?

In addition, it syncs up with Facebook, allowing you to easily pull archived images so you can either store them all in one place or include other images when ordering a customized product.

Do you have other smart ideas to organize your kid's drawings, school work, photos and mementos? I'd love to exchange mommy notes if you comment down below.

Disclosure: *This post is sponsored by Keepy. Follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the latest about the app. All opinions are my own.*

 

 

Dear Tooth Fairy: I Kept a Treasure for You Under My Pillow

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Dear Tooth Fairy,

Whee, how exciting! This Sunday while at church, I lost my first tooth. It was rather unexpected. Well, let me take that back. It was somewhat expected since, the night before, I accidentally got my front tooth loose while trying to open my spy toy with my teeth. Okay, okaylesson learned, never be a hero and use your baby teeth to open toys!

I must admit, at first I was horrified! I ran toward Mommy and Daddy after I realized my front tooth got loose and discovered a teeny-weeny blood on my lipbut then it dawned onto me. This is exactly the moment I've been waiting for! I will be able to soon leave a treasure for you under my pillow.

Thank you for making this otherwise horrific experience of losing my first tooth anything but traumatic. Boy, it sounds like it could easily scar me for life! But the thought of having a Tooth Fairy visit me while I lay asleep and leave me a few dollars so I could buy a toy is rather fun, playful and comforting. So yes, I was brave and was not a bit afraid! In fact, when I lost the tooth at church, it didn't hurt one bit. I was simply chewing a gummy worm andviola! just like that, the tooth fell off! I think Mommy was more horrified than I was!

As you can tell, I was excited to leave a treasure for you under my pillow last night. Thank you for the $2 you leftI was super pumped to have earned this money so I can add it to my toy allowance. Is that the going rate for a baby tooth, by the way? I heard my classmate Gabriella got $5 per tooth, maybe you could raise your tooth rate next time. (LOL!) I hope you were pleased with my treasure. I try to always floss and brush my teeth well before going to bed so every tooth I leave you will be sparkling clean. 

By the way, I visited the dentist today and, like #theboss, I was calm, cool and collected like it's another day in the play area. She even said I was her best patient of the day! Whoa! And oh, she also told me I might have another treasure for you in a few more weeks as I'm ready to lose another one of my baby teeth soon. Hmmm...guess you'll be visiting me more often now! And while you are sneaking into my room to get my treasure and leave me my payment in return, can you perhaps also leave me a little sprinkle of your pixie dust? 

 

Love and Kisses,

A

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