If your kids are anything like mine – they bring home backpacks full of papers and projects and who knows what else and I have the laborious task of sorting through it all to figure out what I actually want to keep. For some time I had a couple small bins in the closet that I would throw their papers into. And not surprisingly, by the time they hit 1st grade their box was already full. I had to revamp my system as to not overrun my already small closet. As part of my new system, I created these free printable keepsake box labels that you can download today and start using.
I purchased a large filing box for each child and hanging file folders (I chose a different color folder for each child to distinguish the boxes easily). When your child is young, this seems like a crazy large box, but trust me, you will fill it. The hard part will be keeping it contained in one box!
I printed the labels out on cardstock paper. The name plate will download blank – you can print it out and write on it or use your fancy photoshop skills and photoshop the name onto the document. Tape the nameplate on the inside of the box for easy recognition.
Next, cut out the tab labels. I used the cardstock label tags that came with my folders and I placed my label on top of it. Arrange the tabs so they’re staggered, making each tab readable.
On the front of each folder, glue or tape the “year in review” label. This is a quick snapshot of your child for that particular school year. You could also attach a school picture next to it if you’re feeling really ambitious.
My keepsake boxes are stacked in a closet. I only access them a couple times a year. I keep a small box without a lid that I throw papers in throughout the school year. Periodically, I’ll sit down and rummage through the box and put the papers in the appropriate boxes and folder. This is a task that your child can easily complete for themselves. I’ve known people to do this once a year at the end of the school year. Find what works best for you.
The keepsake box printables come in two different color schemes. Click on the picture to download your own keepsake box labels.
With a little effort and minimal annual maintenance, all your kids work will be organized and accessible. Which I find very rare in my life with children!
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