This morning was spent going through Lu and Bud's memory boxes that we have for artwork and so forth. Two of Lu's and one of Bud's.
Lu is at school and I distracted Bud with a couple boxes of toys he hadn't seen in a while and then I went to work digging through the boxes of memories. We have saved everything from the moment they were born (as well as quite a bit of prenatal paperwork) to items from last week.
Things I did not throw out: Pictures, report cards, important paperwork, some artwork, awards, playbills, Lu's last sippee cup, blankies, outfits we brought both children home in, a couple shirts they loved, anything that will land in their baby books at some point...
Things that I did: Artwork that teachers did when Lu was 6 months old and in daycare, preschool calendars from 8 years ago, artwork that simply involved gluing, reports on the amazon from 4 years ago, thank you notes for Christmas gifts from elementary teachers, notes of paper from every single day that Ly was in daycare telling me what she ate that day, when she napped and such...
It has taken me a looooong time to get to this point. But I really had to go through all this stuff and get it cleared out. I mean, seriously, do I need little notes of paper from daycare years 11 years ago?? Did I want to remember every day when Lu was in daycare before I became an at-home Mom??
Do you have memory boxes for your kids? Have you been able to declutter them yet and figure out the important stuff as opposed to the clutter?
Something else that I would like to tackle decluttering is pictures...I have saved every.single.picture I have taken, ever. Well, pictures before digital cameras and the ability to delete the bad ones, I mean. But I still have all of the good pictures as well as the terrible and out-of-focus ones from when I would get film developed. So another goal will be to get rid of the terrible ones. Have you done this yet?