If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I love 30-day challenges. They’re a way for me to start a positive new habit and a way for me to accomplish tasks I’ve been putting off. My 30-day challenge for next month is to make some important headway toward preserving my children’s memories. I plan to make some major progress in putting their childhood scrapbooks together!
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Getting Organized Way Late!
Yes, my children are 25 and 30! We were so busy with homeschooling, lots of extracurricular activities, and just having fun as a family that not enough time was spent preserving the memories.
I did take lots of photos, and I’m so thankful I did that. I also saved LOTS of mementos and papers (too many). Some of them are in scrapbooks, but many of them are stored in boxes.
Scrapbooks and Photo Albums That Work for Me
So I’ve had a big project of sorting out boxes, throwing out unnecessary papers, and organizing papers into the correct year. Now I need to put the papers into the actual scrapbooks. These aren’t “real” scrapbooks. (I’d never get that done.) They’re binders with sheet protectors. That’s something I can do fairly quickly while still preserving memories.
So this month, I plan to spend a minimum of 15 minutes each day putting papers in scrapbooks. (See my post on “The Power of 15 Minutes.”) I finally found a method that worked for homeschool yearbooks (although I had to do it as one yearbook). And I have a simple, archival method for pre-digital photo books (with archival photo pages in archival photo binders).
Now I just need to put in the time to get things completed. The good thing about waiting so long is that it’s easier to know what can be thrown out. (Nobody will be checking on our homeschooling records now. 😉 ) And I have adult kids to help with my project … yay!
Please join me! I’d love to hear what you’re doing next month to preserve your children’s memories. If you’re doing a different 30-day challenge, I’d love to hear about that, too. 🙂
Photo Credit: Photo by Vladimir Pavlovic