Last week when I was digging into my emergency toy box that I carefully hide in the girls’ closet, I noticed a baby book. Huh? Whose is this? As I opened it, I found myself mouthing “holy sh$t” under my breath! Avya’s baby-book!!!!!
Yep, Avya is my second daughter who is now 21 months old. And I have not yet started her baby book. I made Arya’s book within the first few months of her birth *guilty look*.
There were memorabilia’s with the book such as her hospital name tag, birth announcement, first pictures etc., basically everything I need to finish her baby book. But I guess with 2 kiddos, I never got time to put together my little one’s book.
That got me thinking! What other paper life organization is pending? I penciled this list quickly and I hope that it will be helpful for you as well.
With Covid-19 keeping us home day after day, I think this would be a good time to get cracking on these. They always take the back burner because life gets in the way. But since I almost done watching Netflix 😉, now would be the time to move on to some paper life organization.
So mama, if you are the type A, organizational freak like me [yep, I say with love], then you will love these paper life organization projects. And if you are already done with them, then please drop me some tips below in the comments section.
Let’s get organizing!
1. Baby Books
I have the books already, nothing too fancy, but something I picked up at Target when I was pregnant with both my girls. Arya’s book is done, though, I could fill some additional information in it. But Avya’s book is still blank ☹ and I plan to do this week.
2. Baby Picture Album
I sorted all of Arya’s pictures for the first year, printed several from each month and put them in an album. I used the Shutterfly phone app and it was great because I only paid for shipping and printed over 250 pictures. Once again, I must do the sorting and printing for Avya’s baby pictures and once they are ready, they will go in the same album as her big sister’s first year pictures. 4-
3. Emergency Binders
I have noticed several of my friends and fellow bloggers talking about making emergency cards for their children. And since Arya is moving on to KG and I sure would like an emergency card to be in her backpack if necessary.
I also created a home binder where I keep some important documents for my husband and me. Most of the things are paperless but sometimes we do have some paperwork that we need to keep. So, I created a binder a couple of years ago to hold documents like tax, insurance, medical, and a few other important documents.
4. Emergency Kits
On the topic of emergency binders, I also think it is a good idea to have emergency kits handy. We have a first aid box at home, and I made a separate one for the girls, and we also have several emergency items in the house for example a fire extinguisher. But a few months ago, I bought several plastic bins with lids from the Container store. They were on sale and they are not bulky but very sturdy and with great clip locks. I used a few already, but the ones I have left, I will be creating a car emergency kit for my girls. Here are some things that could go in it, but you can add things according to your own needs. My girls and I often go on drives and my mom also lives far so I think it will be handy to have an emergency car kit incase we ever need it.
5. School Work & Art Organization
Okay so I am not a hoarder for home stuff or clothes, but I love keeping everything that Arya makes. I have a plastic storage container where I keep all her artwork and school stuff, which my husband thinks I should toss. “But how can I toss this cute necklace Arya made me?” Well, I guess I need to get a binder going where I can collect some of her and my favorite pieces that she drew, painted, or created. That way, I have a keep sake for her and I’m not hoarding every piece of art and schoolwork she does.
Additionally to keep some of her school work over the years, I have this weather-tight filing box that I bought from target and organizer file folders stacked inside. Each folder is labeled with a grade and holds items from that school year [i have yet to label the box I have to Arya].
6. Family Album
I love keeping pictures as memories. I printed over 1500 pictures from our wedding and put them in 3 albums and am guarding it in my closet like it is jewelry or something. And I didn’t just print pictures of us; but of families and friends who attended our wedding. They are so precious especially because we have lost several of those family members these past 7 years.
I have several pictures from my childhood and early years in USA that I printed and have collected over the years. They are currently in a few smaller albums, and they need to be moved into a bigger album. The last time I went through these pictures were for my dad’s funeral and my brother was shocked at how many old pictures I had. 😊 Memories darling, I am all about preserving memories! They are moments captured and I treasure it more than things.
So, there you go. More projects for you 😉 Honestly, you don’t have to do anything but relax if that is your goal during the covid-19 lock-down. But if you need things to fill your time, I hope these will help.
What about you? Have you done any of these? Which ones?
Oh, and drop some tips or creative stuff on how you did your paper life organization.