(Closed) What do/did you keep for your children as mementos of their childhoods?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Just for fun, what do you keep?
    EVERYTHING I CAN GET MY HANDS ON. : (4 votes)
    20 %
    Only the most important things, like really special projects or report cards, or nice letters : (12 votes)
    60 %
    I barely keep anything. : (2 votes)
    10 %
    I just want to vote : (2 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    7386 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have 2 girls and I voted to keep the really special stuff.  My husband’s mom kept EVERYTHING.  It is ridiculous.  When my older daughter started school I began keeping a binder of very special school projects- i add 2-3 things per year.  I dont have space to keep it all!

    Post # 5
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    5547 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We have special mementos and a lot of pictures. I can’t do a lot of “stuff”. Something I did see on pinterest was scanning projects and cards and such and making a book out of them so you have the memories without a closet full of art projects. 

    Post # 6
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    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Omg we just cleaned out the attic at our old house today and found like 10 big boxes of crap from my husbands childhood.   His mom just dumped it all off at his house when he first bought the place.   It’s not even all nice sentimental stuff, a lot of it is just junk from his room that wasn’t even sorted thRough.  I could seriously hurt her for saving all that.  And there were even more boxes of random stuff she didnt want anymore and pawned off on him.  Now 5 years later his wife has to sort through it!

    So I’ve decided I’m limiting our future children’s memory boxes to 1-2 containers at most.  Sentimental things like report cards, school photos, special art projects, etc. I have I think 3 boxes from my childhood, that are organized and fun to look through now and then.  I know it will be tempting to keep everything, but I will keep reminding myself of today and how I don’t want to do that to my kids or their spouses!  Hoarding is not cool…

    Post # 7
    Member
    2269 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I plan on keeping special/important things for them, but I honestly don’t see the point in keeping everything they create!

    Post # 8
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    3417 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    I would live to keep everything but I choose only things they make for me at school, things with their pictures or their handprints. I lost a lot of their momentos in a tornado a few years ago including baby pictures, baby blankets and special things. It sucks but I just had to pick up and move on. 

    Post # 9
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    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @faye0314:  Us too, we have so much stuff, so many toys, clothes, etc. I did find a store here that will buy vintage toys, so I am trying to talk him into it so that we can get at least some of it out of here. But then his stuff and his sisters stuff is all mixed, when she finally settles down, a giant box of nostalgia is headed her way!

    Post # 12
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    3417 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    @MeiFrancis:  Thanks. It was really hard to think that I don’t have those things anymore. But they are just things and the most important thing was my family was ok. Our house was completely gone but thankfully the basement was untouched and thats where we were when it happened. My twins had just turned 3 and my oldest was almost 6.

    Post # 14
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    3417 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    @MeiFrancis:  I second that! Once in a lifetime is enough.

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