We figured we better get rid of the old before we introduced the new.
I love our “keepsakes” school files.
And I praise my friend Nichole (who gave me the idea years ago) every time we pull these things out.
There’s a hanging file folder for each year they’re in school from elementary to high school.
Not only do I love having a place to put the important/sentimental things, but I love having a chance to go through the kids’ stacks of stuff with them.
It’s a total win/win I tell you.
I try to set a “date” with each one of them to go through their stuff.
I love the creativity I see coming through their work. The majority of the stuff goes in the trash, but I like taking pictures of some of it first.
And honing in on all the cool stuff they learned over the year.
Elle and Lu got to have a “double date” this year.
Each year I have to take a little photoshoot of Elle’s main binder because it never ceases to amaze me just how “used” those things get.
My favorite thing I found in those treasures (aside from note after note from and to friends…I love to read those), was this little gem that has a new spot on my nightstand:
Let’s take a closer look at that thing:
It’s from Elle’s English class and within it’s pages lie beautiful quotes.
And each quote is “interpreted” by my daughter.
I keep it at my bedside and try to read one each night. They are so inspiring.
I think some are extra poignant with our little adventure coming up tomorrow:
See why I keep that by my bedside?
But back to the filing system…
The only problem with this hanging file dealio is Lucy.
You see, she just barely made it to second grade and her file is pretty much filled up.