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The Easy Way to Make Your Kid's School Memories Last a Lifetime

Updated on June 20, 2012

Getting Ready for First Grade?

While you may be enjoying summer, before you know it your little one will be getting ready for school!

Time goes fast and it's about to get faster as your child moves through the elementary years. Before you know it, your baby will be in middle school or (gasp!) ready to graduate! While you can't do much about that, you can do something to better capture these formative years!

Spelling papers, art projects, history reports, play programs, little league photos, the list is endless! It's so hard to get rid of anything, but when we keep everything, nothing is really special - it all becomes clutter.

You're the curator of your child's past. You can save the best and the most special keepsakes, photos and memorabilia and really create something special you and your child will treasure.

Starting the habit now will put you in great shape for the years ahead. Spend a little time together after the school year is done to reminisce and sort through all the wonderful work your child has done. Together you can pick out the "best of the best" to preserve.

These are some of the best organizers on the market. What I like about these books it they set some structure for you to capture your kid in a snapshot - getting their favorites down, samples of their signature, dreams and wishes - it becomes a wonderful and succinct way to capture their childhood without being too overdone or unrealistic.

So grab all those papers and choose one of these stylish organizing solutions and you (and your child) will be grateful you did.

MomAgenda School Years Books - A stylish way to preserve your child's memories

One of MomAgenda's most loved items, the exclusive School Years has been revamped for a more elegant, timeless look. School Years is a convenient portfolio that helps you organize important mementos from pre-K to 12th grade, like report cards, school pictures, and writing and artwork samples.

* Each folder is 7 x 9 and holds a report card, a class picture, and a few writing and art samples.

* Each grade-level folder has space for information like your child's age, height, and weight, plus extras like friends, sports, and activities for that year. There's also space to attach your child's school picture. Write in as much or as little as you want - it's up to you!

* Just one book for an entire school career makes it easy to keep an archive of all your most important and treasured school memories, all in one place!

* High quality, durable construction means these books are designed to last a lifetime. Preserve it now, and later, pass it on to your son or daughter. In between, pull it out and enjoy with your child.

* Colors: Aqua, Sage, Rose

School Year's - A Family Keepsake of School Memories

This retro keepsake album makes easy work of recording the important events in your child's school years. From kindergarten to 12th grade, there's an expandable pocket (9 1/4'' x 6 1/2'') to put photos, smaller artwork (you may have to fold it, given the size of the pockets), report cards, and other souvenirs. On the front and back of each pocket is a place for your child's school photo along with a place for favorite subjects, activities, names of teachers and friends, and much more. What's nice about this is there's a section that your child can complete as well including fill-in-the-blanks like ''When I grow up I want to be...'', which lists a slew of professions as well as a blank space in case your child's choice is not there. Children will enjoy reviewing this memento-in-the-making each year almost as much as you will!

Other Organizers

Depending on your style, here are a few other organizers you might like. Some are a little larger so you may not have to fold all your keepsakes. The School Year Chronicles is a three ring binder that allows you to mix and match and may give you some additional flexibility.

Keepsake Keeper - File It and Keep Everything in it's Place

If you just want a stylish way to keep everything organized, an attractive accordion file or file box should do the trick. I like this one because you can add your child's photo to it. You can use one of these in conjunction with a memory book for overflow or larger items, or in lieu of the more traditional approach. It's a great way to keep everything together and organized.

The Keepsake Keeper is an accordion style organizer that will file, sort, and save your most prized memories. Perfect for organizing and keeping track of annual school/team photos, award certificates, report cards, art projects or correspondence. The keepsake organizer comes with 12 roomy sections each measuring 8.5" x 11.5" and tabs for sorting. The faux leather covering has a customizable exterior label and photo sleeve for identifying contents.

Art Storage Boxes


Another great way is to store your child's memories is in art boxes. This one is from the Container store, but you can get them at most art supply stores. Keep one box per year and you've put a limit on how much you can save. Once you reached a milestone (like 3rd or 6th grade) you may want to go back and collate a bit more. IKEA's Kassett line is similar and actually a bit cheaper. You can get two boxes for just $7.99. Check them out here:

The Perfect System for You! - Get started today!

Whatever you do, setting up some type of system will help tame the paper monster and create a wonderful record of your child's growth.

Here are some other ideas to help you find a system that works for you!

How do you organize your child's school memories?

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    • Trisun profile image

      Trisun 6 years ago

      Those do look like fun, Denise. Thanks for stopping by!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I couldn't resist sharing a great solution that I've discovered. It is called Memory Pockets ( For each of my kids, I got a set of Memory Pockets to safely STORE each school year's art, papers, keepsakes, etc. There's a LARGE - 10x13 - pocket for each year, preschool thru 12th grade. Plus they come in bright, fun colors with fill-in-the-blanks on the front where you and RECORD your child's accomplishments, dreams, likes and milestones for each year. I keep them handy in a fabric tote on a shelf in our den. When the kids bring their new "stuff" home, I sort thru it and save/record the "keepers" in their Memory Pocket. I love them! See for yourself at

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      ATStdo 6 years ago

      Great ideas!